Geography of Southern Africa

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Namib Desert

  1. The Namib Desert is a desert that covers 80,900 square kilometers of land. It is stretches across the Atlantic coasts of Angola, Namibia, and South Africa. It is the only true desert in and the oldest desert in the world. In the beaches of the desert you can mine diamonds.

Cape of Good Hope

The Cape of Good hope is a peninsula that sits about 100 miles from the southern tip of Africa. The Cape is famous for its good roads and great beaches. Most of the peninsula lies in Table Mountain National Park.


Johannesbourg is the largest city in Africa. It is the most important industrial, financial, and commercial city in Africa. It lies in the center of the Witwatersrand, the richest gold field in the world. Gold mining drew people to the city and that's how it because so populated with 3,225,810 people living there.

Zambezi River

The Zambezi River is the fourth longest river in Africa with a length of 2,736 kilometers. It separates Zambia from Zimbabwe, crosses Mozambique and empties into the Mozambique Channel. The top part of the river lies in level land where the water supply is low. A hydroelectric plant called the Kariba Dam has been operated on the river since 1938.

Limpopo River

The Limpopo River flows for about 1,000 miles in southeastern Africa. Its last 60 miles is tidewater.


Lusaka is the capital and largest city of Zambia with a population of 818,994. It lies on a high plateau in south-central Zambia. Lusaka is a trade center and major market for farm products.

Kalahari Desert

The Kalahari Desert covers about 190,000 square miles. It spreads across most parts of Botswana, and parts of Namibia and South Africa. Mineral companies have found coal, copper, and nickel deposits in the desert.