The massive continent of Africa is home to more than 1.2 billion people, has 54 countries, the longest river in the world and the largest-remaining populations of lions, elephants, rhinoceros, cheetahs, hyenas and leopards. Humans have lived here for nearly 7 million years, archaeologists believe.

It's a huge place, and rich with history, culture, wildlife and both natural and man-made wonders. You probably won't get to see it all, but you've got to start somewhere. To help you narrow it down, here are some of the top destinations and things to do in Africa, based on TripAdvisor's Traveler's Choice Awards, and suggestions culled from

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