The Cape of Good Hope and Cape Agulhas are the capes at the southern tip of Africa. Both capes are within the country of South Africa.
The coastline of the Cape of Good Hope stretches more than 1,500 miles and spans from the Indian to the Atlantic Oceans. Bartolomeu Dias, a Portuguese explorer, first rounded the Cape in 1488. Rounding the cape became an important trade route for the Portuguese. The Cape of Good Hope is not actually the southernmost point, despite being known as such.
Cape Agulhas, which is actually the southernmost point in Africa, divides the Atlantic and Indian Oceans. It lies close to the southernmost town in Africa, L'Agulhas. Cape Agulhas is located about 105 miles southeast of the Cape of Good Hope.Learn More
The southern region of Africa contains 15 countries, which include terrestrial and island nations. The countries belonging to southern Africa include Angola, Botswana, Congo, Lesotho, Mauritius, Malawi, Madagascar, Seychelles, Namibia, Mozambique, Tanzania, Zambia, Zimbabwe, Swaziland and South Africa. Of these countries, Seychelles, Madagascar and Mauritius are classified as island countries, while the rest form the African landmass.Full Answer >
The longest mountain range in Africa is the Atlas Mountain system. The mountain range spans a length of around 1,500 miles from the southwestern region of Morocco towards Algeria, before ending on the eastern Tunisian boundary.Full Answer >
The largest river in Africa is the Nile River, a north flowing river in northeast Africa. The Nile River is the longest river in the world and is 4,132 miles long.Full Answer >
The largest country in Africa is Algeria. This country has an area of 919,595 square miles or 2,381,740 square kilometers. Algeria is located is northern Africa and borders Morocco, Tunisia, Libya, Mauritania, Mali, Niger, Western Sahara and the Mediterranean Sea. It is also the tenth largest country in the world.Full Answer >