Geography of southern Africa

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Namib desert

The Namib desert is a vast coastal desert. The name Namib means vast. The desert geology consists of sand seas near the coast, while gravel plains and scattered mountain outcrops occur further inland.
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cape of good hope

When following the western side of the African coastline from the equator, however, the Cape of Good Hope marks the point where a ship begins to travel more eastward than southward. There is a misunderstanding that the Cape of Good Hope is the southern tip of Africa, because it was once believed to be the dividing point between the Atlantic and Indian oceans.
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Johannesburg

According to a survey done in 2007 the population was 4,434,827. It is the largest city in south Africa. It is the seat of the national court.
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Zabezi river

It is the 4th longest river in Africa. most noted feature is Victoria falls. good source of hydroelectric power.
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Limpopo river

Flows in to the Indian ocean.The term Limpopo is the modified version of the original Sepedi name Diphororo tsa meetse. Diphororo tsa meetse means gushing strong waterfalls.

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Lusaka

Capital of Zambia.Lusaka is located in the southern part of the central plateau at an elevation of about 1,300 meters (4,265 feet). As national capital, Lusaka is the seat of the legislative, executive and judicial branches of government.
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kalahari desert

It extends over 900,000 sq. kilometers. Derived from the tswana word Kgala, meaning "the great thirst". Summer temperatures in the Kalahari range from 20 to 45°C (68 to 113°F). Temperatures occasionally reach up to 50 °C(122 °F).
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Cabinda

Cabinda (also spelled Kabinda, formerly portuguese congo) is an exclave and Province of Angola. It has an area of 7,823 km2. While the Angolian civil war largely ended in 2002, an armed struggle persists in the exclave of Cabinda
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Orange river

The longest river in South Africa. Does not pass through any major cities. Flows along the border of South Africa and Lesotho.
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Victoria falls

There are two islands on the crest of the falls that are large enough to divide the curtain of water even at full flood. The falls are formed as the full width of the river plummets in a single vertical drop into a transverse chasm 1708 meters. The main streams are named, in order from Zimbabwe (west) to Zambia (east): Devil's Cataract (called Leaping Water by some), Main Falls, Rainbow Falls (the highest) and the Eastern Cataract.