30 Africa Quotes to inspire your next African Adventure

by Fay

There are 54 countries in Africa. This beautiful contient is one of the most misunderstood and underrated places in the world. From the world’s highest skyscrapers for almost 3000 years in Egypt to south Africa’s adventure Safaris, Africa certainly has something for everyone. So, here are our favorite Africa quotes, written by authors, philosophers, and people who fell in love with Africa.

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Our Favorite African Quotes & Quotes About Africa

Quotes about Africa: 1 – 10

“If I have ever seen magic, it has been in Africa.”
John Hemingway (American author)


“Why is it you can never hope to describe the emotion Africa creates? You are lifted. Out of whatever pit, unbound from whatever tie, released from whatever fear. You are lifted and you see it all from above.”
Francesca Marciano (Italian novelist and filmmaker)


“Africa has her mysteries and even a wise man cannot understand them. But a wise man respects them.”
Miriam Makeba (South African singer and civil rights activist)


“I never knew of a morning in Africa when I woke up that I was not happy“
Ernest Hemingway


“Africa is not a country, but it is a continent like none other. It has that which is elegantly vast or awfully little.”
L. Douglas Wilder (American politician)


“Nothing but breathing the air of Africa, and actually walking through it, can communicate the indescribable sensations.”
William Burchell (English explorer)


“The only man I envy is the man who has not yet been to Africa — for he has so much to look forward to.”
Richard Mullin (Origin unknown)


“You can’t hate the roots of a tree and not hate the tree. You can’t hate Africa and not hate yourself.”
Malcolm X (American Muslim minister and human rights activist)


“Africa — You can see a sunset and believe you have witnessed the Hand of God. You watch the slope lope of a lioness and forget to breathe. You marvel at the tripod of a giraffe bent to water. In Africa, there are iridescent blues on the wings of birds that you do not see anywhere else in nature. In Africa, in the midday heart, you can see blisters in the atmosphere. When you are in Africa, you feel primordial, rocked in the cradle of the world.”
Jodi Picoult (American author)


“If there were one more thing I could do, it would be to go on safari once again.”
Karen Blixen (Danish author best known for “Out of Africa”)


Quotes about Africa: 11 – 20

“When you leave Africa, as the plane lifts, you feel that more than leaving a continent you’re leaving state of mind. Whatever awaits you at the other end of your journey will be of a different order of existence”
Francesca Marciano (Italian novelist and filmmaker)


“One cannot resist the lure of Africa”
Rudyard Kipling


“You cannot leave Africa. It is always with you, there inside your head. Our rivers run in currents in the swirl of your thumbprints; our drumbeats counting out your pulse; our coastline the silhouette of your soul”
Bridget Dore


“You are not a country, Africa. You are a concept. You are not a concept, Africa. You are a glimpse of the infinite”
Ali Mazrui


“I dream of an Africa, which is in peace with itself”
Nelson Mandela


“The only thing that makes me sad is that I shall be leaving Africa when I die. I love Africa, which is my mother and my father. When I am dead, I shall miss the smell of Africa”
— Alexander McCall Smith


“Africa gives you the knowledge that man is a small creature, amongst other creatures, in a large landscape”
— Doris Lessing


They say that somewhere in Africa the elephants have a secret grave where they go to lie down, unburden their wrinkled gray bodies, and soar away, light spirits at the end
— Robert McCammon


Nature is the guardian of Africa. While the sun lights the African sky in day time, the moon begs the world to help her lighting Africa in the night
— Munia Khan


Africa is one continent, one people and one nation
— Kwame Nkrumah


Quotes about Africa: 21 – 30

Let’s face it – think of Africa, and the first images that come to mind are of war, poverty, famine, and flies. How many of us really know anything at all about the truly great ancient African civilisations, which in their day, were just as splendid and glorious as any on the face of the earth?
— Henry Gates


The darkest thing about Africa has always been our ignorance of it
— George Kimble


I believe there is no sickness of the heart too great it cannot be cured by a dose of Africa
— John Hemingway


Africa changes you forever, like nowhere on earth. Once you have been there, you will never be the same
— Brian Jackman


Music is something I must do, business is something I need to do, and Africa is something I have to do. That’s the way it breaks down in my life
— G Brundland


“To witness that calm rhythm of life revives our worn souls and recaptures a feeling of belonging to the natural world. No one can return from the Serengeti unchanged, for tawny lions will forever prowl our memory and great herds throng our imagination.”
—George Schaller (American conservationist and author)


“There is something about safari life that makes you forget all your sorrows and feel as if you had drunk half a bottle of champagne — bubbling over with heartfelt gratitude for being alive.”
—Karen Blixen (Danish author best known for “Out of Africa”)


“In Africa you have space…there is a profound sense of space here, space and sky.”
—Thabo Mbeki (former South African president)


“Everything in Africa bites, but the safari bug is worst of all.”
—Brian Jackman (freelance writer best known for his interest in Africa)


“The biggest lesson from Africa was that life’s joys come mostly from relationships and friendships, not from material things. I saw time and again how much fun Africans had with their families and friends and on the sports fields; they laughed all the time.”
—Andrew Shue (American actor)

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