Africa is the world's second-largest continent, straddling the equator and stretching from northern temperate to southern temperate zones. It is the second-most-populous continent with 54 sovereign countries and nine territories. Algeria is the largest country by area, and Nigeria is the largest by population. African peoples speak more than 1,000 languages, and they are among the youngest with 50% of Africans 19 years old or younger. Africa is both the birthplace of the human species and the cradle of civilization. Join us for a journey across this amazing and varied continent.