It may have been the wheel wasn't just practical in in Sub Saharan Africa IF that was true. The Mayans were aware of the wheel, but never used it anything but toys. If you don't have roads for wheels to travel on, that may limit the practicality of the wheel.Before I start, I just want to clarify that I'm not one of those people who thinks that the wheel is a caveman technology like fire or stone tools. I'm aware that the invention of the wheel has only ever happened independently maybe 2 or 3 times in history. Likely Europe and the Middle East and then spread elsewhere into India, East Asia and North Africa. There was also an instance in Meso-America but it was never used for practical application.
I often hear that the wheel never spread to Sub-Saharan Africa except for Ethiopia. Is this true? If so, why? The Ghana, Mali, and Songhai seem to have been very well capable of using the wheel. Not only capable but it seems as though they were likely to have been exposed or informed of it by other cultures from the north. They lived north of the forest zone too so they didn't have to worry about the tetse fly, so they had horses, camels, donkeys, and cattle. They had constant trade with the Mediterranean world including articles such as Chinese porcelain, silk, paper, and later gunpowder and they were active members in the Islam world (and it's science). So again my question is, outside of Ethiopia, did any other part of Sub-Saharan Africa use the wheel before the modern era?
But I thought I saw ancient African pictographs showing chariots. Simply because they didn't use it a lot, doesn't mean they didn't know about the wheel or used it a little.