Geography of Southern Africa

By: Amarachi Osuji

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Namib Desert

The Namib desert is a desert in the southwestern part of Africa. It runs along the Atlantic coastline of Africa. The name namib comes from the word nama which means vast land. It contains many gravel plains and dunes. It is important because it is a great location for mining tungsten, salt, and diamonds.
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Cape of Good Hope

The cape of good hope is at the very southern tip of Africa. This cape is of high incline and has many mountains and rocks. It is an important place in Africa because it is an important landmark for sailors who use this area for navigational purposes.
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Johannesburg

Johannesburg is a very important city in south Africa and also in the world. It is an industrialized place with high population and big cities. It is an important place because it is a center for business and also because it is the wealthiness province in South Africa.
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Zambezi River

The Zambezi river is the 4th largest river in Africa. It runs through 6 different countries including south Africa. It is important because since it has strong currents it is a great producer of hydro electric power.
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Limpopo River

The limpopo river is the second largest river in Africa. This river drains southeast into the Indian ocean. It is an important place because it is a big source of flooding in the area around it.
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Lusaka

Lusaka is the capital and the largest city in Zambia. It is also one of the fastest developing cities in southern Africa. It is located in the southern part of the central plateau.
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Victora Falls

Victoria Falls is a waterfall in southern Africa. It is at the border of Zambia and Zimbabwe. It is also one of the 7 wonders of the world.
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Orange River

The Orange river is the largest river in Zimbabwe. It rises in the Drakensberg mountains and flows westward into the Atlantic ocean. Some people think the river is named after it's color but others believe it is named after it's terrain.