Geography of Southern Africa

By Arnav S.

Namib Desert

The Namib Desert is a coastal desert in Southern Africa. It is important because it gets many tourists and there are rare animals there.

Cape of Good Hope

The Cape of Good Hope is a beautiful rocky headland on the Atlantic coast of South Africa. It is important because it attracts tourists and it was a milestone for sailors to go more east than south when they saw it.

Zambezi River

The Zambezi River is the fourth-longest river in Africa that flows through many countries and empties into the Indian Ocean. It is important because it provides hydroelectricity and transportation.

Limpopo River

The Limpopo River is a river that is in central-southern Africa that flows mostly eastward into the Indian Ocean. It is important because it provides transportation and easy trade.

Kalahari Desert

The Kalahari Desert is a large, dry, sandy savanna in southern Africa. It is important because many rare animals and plants are located here and it has huge water reserves underground.

Orange River

The Orange River is the longest river in South Africa. It starts in the Drakensberg Mts. and flows west to empty in the Atlantic Ocean. It is important because it provides borders between countries and it provides irrigation and hydroelectricity.

Victoria Falls

The Victoria Falls is a waterfall on the Zambezi River of southern Africa. It is important because it attracts tourists and there are natural resources around that area, like timber.

Lusaka

Lusaka is the capitol and largest city in Zambia. It is located in the southern part of a plateau. It is important because Zambia's government is located here, and roughly 1.7 million people live here.

Johannesburg

Johannesburg is the most populated city in South Africa and one of the three capitols. It is important because 3,225,812 people live here and some government is located here.

Cabinda

Cabinda is an exclave that belongs to Angola but has been disputed over by many other countries. It is important because it provided a home for refugees and there is oil off the coast of Cabinda.