Africa is the world’s second-largest and second most populous continent. At about 30.3 million km (11.7 million square miles) including adjacent islands, it covers 6% of Earth’s total surface area and over 20% of its total land area. The continent is surrounded by the Mediterranean Sea to the north, both the Suez Canal and the Red Seal along the Sinai Peninsula to the northeast, the Indian Ocean to the southeast, and the Atlantic Ocean to the west. From its stunning beaches and historic treasures, it is a natural wonder. It is the wildlife, the great deserts and the savannah plains that speak of eternity, and the people who bring such warmth to the experience.