Africa is, to put it simply, massive. It is home to 54 countries, more than a billion people, and, at more than 11 million square miles, it makes up a fifth of the land on earth. And it is ever-changing. Tourism across the continent has been up in recent years, Ebola is waning in West Africa, and some former hot spots are enjoying a period of stability. How do you get to know a continent that seems made for superlatives? By very doggedly covering it. We’ve asked six current and former New York Times international news correspondents, with a combined 25 years reporting in Africa among them, to tell us what to do to in the regions they’ve covered. Their answers are just as diverse as the continent itself.