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Introduction

It can be argued that no other continent comes close to Africa in terms of scale, diversity or sheer impact on the senses.

Africa is the second largest continent in the world. It is a country rich with minerals – a frontier still largely undiscovered. It covers 11,677,240 sq miles (30,244,050 sq km) including adjacent islands. Broad to the north (4,600 miles/7,400 km wide), Africa straddles the equator and stretches 5,000 miles (8,050 km) from Cape Blanc (Tunisia) in the north to Cape Agulhas (South Africa) in the south. It is connected with Asia by the Sinai Peninsula (from which it is separated by the Suez Canal) and is bounded on the North by the Mediterranean Sea, on the West and South by the Atlantic Ocean, and on the East and South by the Indian Ocean.

The largest offshore island is Madagascar; other islands include St. Helena and Ascension in the Southern Atlantic Ocean; São Tomé, Príncipe, Annobón, and Bioko in the Gulf of Guinea; the Cape Verde, Canary, and Madeira islands in the Northern Atlantic Ocean; and Mauritius, Réunion, Zanzibar, Pemba, and the Comoros and Seychelles in the Indian Ocean.

As a whole, Africa is sparsely populated; the highest densities are found in Nigeria, the Ethiopian highlands, the Nile valley, and around the Great Lakes. It is a country rich in history, culture and minerals.

Blackthorn currently conducts its operations in Africa, namely, Burkina Faso, Zambia and South Africa.