7 things every first-time Africa traveler should know

By Karen Bowerman, for CNNUpdated 3rd October 2013
No, it's not the Alps. It's Mt. Kilimanjaro, in Tanzania.
A gorilla in its Ugandan rainforest home ... Who you telling Africa's all desert?
A gorilla in its Ugandan rainforest home ... Who you telling Africa's all desert?
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This colonial artist had it (more or less) right ... Hippos are big killers in Africa.
This colonial artist had it (more or less) right ... Hippos are big killers in Africa.
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Parlez-vous Français? The African variety helps.
Parlez-vous Français? The African variety helps.
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Africa cross-border travel's not quite as easy as in the EU but you can cut corners.
Africa cross-border travel's not quite as easy as in the EU but you can cut corners.
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