Geography of Southern Africa

By: M.H. 2nd Period

Namib Desert

The Namib Desert is a coastal desert in Southern Africa. It is often called the world's oldest desert for 43 million years remaining unchanged in it's present form in the past 2 million years. A section of the Namib desert contains the Namib Naukluft Park that is the third largest park in the African continent.

Cape of Good Hope

Bartolomeu Dias went on an expedition to find something new in 1488. It wasn't an easy journey there. There was shooting incidents with tribes, crew trouble, and harsh storms. He first named it the Cape of Storms, but King Juan the Second named it Cape of Good Hope so it doesn't scare the people who are sent to explore there.


It is the second biggest city with the most population in South Africa. There are more than 3 million people living here. They are the most wealthiest of the South Africa division because of the economy.

Zambezi River

This River is the fourth largest river in Africa. It runs through six countries. People view it because of it's beauty and the perfect spot for water games.

Limpopo River

It flows generally eastward to the Indian Ocean. The name is shortened from Diphororo tsa meetse meaning gushi strong waterfalls. It is the second largest river of Africa.


Lusaka is the capital and largest city of Zambia . It is one of the Africa's most fastest-developing cities in South Africa. It is located in the southern part of the central plateau. Building and malls are building up, along with restaurants too.

Kalahari Desert

It is a large and dry area with short shrubs and trees. It is covering some of Botswana and parts of Namibia and South Africa. They support animals and plants. The good rain makes excellent grazing areas for the animals.


Cabinda is an exclave and province of Angola. They have been disputed by many political organizations. The capital is also called Cabinda.

Orange Rivier

The Orange River is the longest river in Africa. It rises in the Drakensburg Mountains. It flows westward to the Atlantis Ocean.

Victoria Falls

It is on the border of Zambezi and Zimbabwe. David Livingstone found it in 1855. It's the largest waterfall.