Africa is a beautiful continent, rich in cultural heritage and diversity which makes it distinct and unique among the seven continents. Africa has a lot of natural resources, as well as breathtaking tourist attractions. Travelling and exploring the continent will reveal some of the following interesting facts about Africa.
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– Africa is the world’s second largest and second most-populous continent. At about 30.3 million km² including adjacent islands, it covers 6 percent of the Earth’s total surface area and 20 per cent of its total land area (Source: Wikipedia)
– Every country in Africa was colonized by foreign powers except Ethiopia and Liberia.
– Africa is the second most populous continent with about 1.1 billion people or 16 per cent of the world’s population.
– The largest lake in Africa is Lake Victoria and it is also the second-largest freshwater lake in the world
– Over 85 per cent of the world’s elephants and over 99 per cent of the remaining lions are found on the African continent.
– Nigeria is the largest oil producer in Africa.
– The Serengeti (Tanzania) has the world’s largest wildlife migration with over 750,000 zebra going ahead of 1.2 million wildebeest as they cross that landscape.
– The Nile River is the longest river in the world with a total length of 6,650 kilometres.
– Nigeria has the highest population in Africa.
– The highest mountain in Africa is Mount Kilimanjaro in Tanzania. It rises to 5,895 metres (19,341 feet) above sea level.
– Seychelles is the smallest country (by land area). It is made up of a group of 115 islands located north east of Madagascar.
– Madagascar is the largest island in Africa, located in the Indian Ocean (off Africa’s East Coast). It is also the fourth largest in the world.
– Located along the border of Zambia and Zimbabwe, Victoria Falls is one of the seven natural wonders of the world. The Zambezi River is the fall’s main water source.