Interesting Facts About Africa

Africa is home to an incredible variety of people, animals, climates, and spectacular places. It is a country known for its beautiful colourful clothing and its history of incredible works of art. Below you will find lists of interesting facts about Africa.

  • People of Africa
  1. The oldest human remains ever discovered were found in Ethiopia. They are approximately 200,000 years old.
  2. The African continent has the second largest population in the world, at about one billion people.
  3. The largest religion in Africa is Islam, followed by Christianity.
  • Africa Landforms
  1. The largest waterfall, Victoria Falls is in Africa
  2. Mount Kilimanjaro is the highest mountain on the continent.
  3. The world's largest desert, the Sahara, which is almost the size of the United States is in Africa.
  4. The longest river in the world, the Nile (4,132 miles), is located in Africa.
  • The continent
  1. Africa is the second largest continent on earth.
  2. Africa is the hottest continent on earth.
  3. Sudan is Africa's largest country (968,000 square miles).
  4. Africa covers 6 percent of the earth's total surface and 20.4 percent of the total land area.
  5. Africa straddles the equator and is the only continent to extend from the northern temperate zone to the southern temperate zone.
  • Animals
  1. Africa is home to the universes biggest reptile, the Nile crocodile. The gorilla, which can be found in the mainlands wildernesses, is the universes biggest primate. Other deadly creatures incorporate the hippopotamus, the deadliest warm-blooded animal, and the Puff Adder, the most hazardous snake.
  2. The universes biggest animal is the African elephant.
  3. The universes tallest animal, the giraffe, lives in Africa.
  4. The speediest land animal on the planet, the cheetah, lives in Africa.
  5. The world's largest frog, the goliath frog lives in Africa. They can be found in the central African countries of Cameroon and Equatorial Guinea.
  6. Twenty-five percent of the worlds winged creature species live in Africa.

While these interesting facts about Africa are just like a trailer, you’ll get to discover a lot more during your volunteer trip to Africa. So what are you waiting for?


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