Astonishing Africa

4 Summary Descriptions by Reese Gautsche

Mount Kilimanjaro

Mount Kilimanjaro is located northeast of Tanzania and is the highest mountain in Africa! It rises in two peaks and is an extinct volcano. The two peaks are Kibo and Mawenzi. Kibo is 19,340 feet and Mawenzi is 17,564 feet. Coffee and plantains are raised on the lower southern slopes of Kilimanjaro. Some fun things to do on Mount Kilimanjaro is hike, climb, wildlife watching, and visiting the Chala Crater lake.

Nile River

The Nile River is the longest river in the world! It is 4,160 miles long from its remotest headstream in Central Africa to its delta on the Mediterranean Sea. The Nile River flows northward through parts of Egypt, Sudan, Ethiopia, Kenya, Uganda, Riwanda, Burundi, and Zaire. The waters of the Nile support practically all agriculture in the most populated parts of Egypt! It also furnishes water for 20% of Sudan's total crop area. The Nile River is also an important source of hydroelectric power. Some fun things to do in the Nile River include water rafting, bungee jumping, and cruising.

Sahara Desert

The Sahara Desert has an area of 3,500,000 square miles and is the largest desert in the world! It is bordered on the north by the Atlas Mountains and the Mediterranean Sea, and on the south by the Sahel. 15% of the Sahara is covered in sand dunes. 70% of the desert is covered in "stone deserts" consisting of plateaus of bare rock or areas of coarse gravel. The Sahara Desert has one of the harshest climates in the world, too. In the Sahara Desert, a fun thing to do includes sand surfing.

Lake Victortia

Lake Victoria is the largest lake in Africa and the chief reservoir of the Nile River. It lies mainly in Tanzania and Uganda. The Lake Victoria region is one of the most densely populated regions in Africa. Several million people live within 50 miles of its shores. Nearly all of them speak Bantu. Lake Victoria is also a freshwater lake with a lot of fish. Some fun things to do in Lake Victoria include fishing, bird watching, relaxing on the islands, and visiting national parks.