Geography of Southern Africa

By BC 2

The Namib Desert

Being the world's oldest desert, the Namib has been here for more than 55 million years. The Namib comprises of many sand dunes and rugged mountains. This desert is protected by national parks, recreation areas, and diamond mining areas.

The Cape of Good Hope

The Cape of Good hope marks the place where the two oceans, the Indian and Atlantic meet. Being one of great capes of the southern atlantic ocean, this cape is important to many sailors who refer to it as the cape.
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The Zambezi River

The Zambezi is the fourth largest river in Africa which it's most noticable feature is the landmark Victoria Falls. The Zambezi is known for the hydroelectric power it provides by it's dam, the Kariba.
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Johannesburg

Johannesburg is the largest city in Southafrica by it's population. Johannesburg is what is the provincial capital of Gauteang which is the wealthiest city in South Africa. Johannesburg being one of the wealthiest cities in South Africa also has the biggest economy in Sub Saharan Africa.
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Linpopo River

The limpop ranges from central africa and drains out into the indian ocean. The limpopo river is the second largest river in Africa that goes out to the indian ocean. The limpopo's original name, the Diphororo tsa meetse meant gushing waterfalls.
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Lusaka

Lusaka is the capital of the country Zambia. Lusaka is one of the fastest developing countries in Africa with a population of about 1.7 million. Lusaka is the center of government in Africa connecting the four main highways reaching out north south east and west.
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The Kalahari Desert

The kalahari Desert is a large semi savanna ranging 900,000 sq. kilometers. The Kalahari covers most of south africa and is able to support more plants and animals than the namib can support. the Kalahari recieves about 4.3 to 7.5 inches of rain every year making it a little more wet than other deserts
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Cabinda

Cabinda is a province of Angola that has been disruptive by many different political groups. It was originally founded and to be used as a port for the slave trade used by the Portuguese.
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The Orange RIver

The Orange river is the longest river in south africa. It starts at the Draksenburg mountains where it then flows out to a major water source the atlantic ocean. This river also acts as a natural border between south africa and namibia
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Victoria Falls

Victoria falls is a waterfall located on the Zambezi river and is at the border of Zambia and Zimbabwe. Victoria falls is considered one of the seven natural wonders of the world meaning it's a popular tourist attraction to many visitors.