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More than 40 cultures thrive in West Africa. Walk the streets, and you'll likely hear a mix of French, English, Arabic, and tribal languages (some 70 African languages are spoken). Don't miss the slave forts in Ghana and on Île de Gorée, off Dakar, Senegal, which tell a fascinating history, or a motor caravan adventure in the Sahara Desert to see dinosaur fossils, rock paintings, and relief sculptures that date back more than 4,000 years. Two other must-sees in Ghana: 1690s relics from the Ashanti Kingdom and the home where American Pan-Africanist W.E.B. Du Bois died in 1963. In the Gambia, take a riverboat tour to see colonial fortresses, trading posts, monkeys, and crocodiles. Visit Mali for its interesting mosques made of mud and storied pink sandstone villages.
Africa: Biography of a Continent, by John Reader (Vintage Books, 1999) Photojournalist John Reader chronicles the evolution of African man, animal, and plant.
Malaria Dreams: An African Adventure, by Stuart Stevens (Atlantic Monthly Press, 1990) A humorous tale of a road trip across several West and East African countries and cities, including a bizarre search for a functional set of springs in Timbuktu.
The Best of African Folklore, by Phyllis Savory (BHB International, 1997) A collection of well-crafted African folktales.
Africa—A Continent Revealed, by Rene Gordon (State Mutual Book and Periodical Service, 1988) Striking photographs that illustrate the need to increase conservation efforts in Africa.
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