More than 25 percent of Africa is desert. The Sahara Desert, the Kalahari Desert and the Namib Desert are the main deserts found in Africa.Know More
The Sahara, the largest hot desert in the world, covers 3.3 million square miles and is located in the northern part of Africa. The Kalahari Desert, located in southern Africa, covers 362,500 square miles. The Namib Desert, the world's oldest desert, is found in the southwestern portion of the continent and covers 100,000 square miles.
Savanna, or grasslands, covers 5 million square miles of Africa, or almost half the continent, and is located mainly in central Africa. While many people associate Africa with rain forests, the majority of those areas have been cut and burned to make way for agriculture and development, and they only cover a small percentage of Africa.Learn more about Africa
South Africa is famous for its former president, Nelson Mandela, Kruger National Park and a variety of gem stones and minerals. Approximately 50 percent of the world's gold reserves are located in South Africa. The country is also the third largest exporter of coal in the world, in addition to being one of the world's leading producers of diamonds. This includes the rare 25.5 carat blue diamond discovered in 2014.Full Answer >
Mountains in Africa include Mount Kilimanjaro, the Atlas Mountains, Mount Kenya, Mount Meru, the Simien Mountains, Mount Elgon and The Drakensberg. The High Atlas Mountains are located in central Morocco, while the Simien Mountains in Ethiopia are home to a UNESCO World Heritage site. Additional mountain ranges in Africa include the Ahaggar Mountains, the Ahmar mountains, Mount Cameroon, Mount Nimba and the Tibesti Mountains.Full Answer >
There are some edible plants, seeds and fruits that can be foraged from most desert climates, including fruits that grow on cacti. However, many of these foods, including stinging nettle and prickly pear, have sharp stings, hairs or spikes and need to be cooked before they are safe to eat.Full Answer >
The Republic of Ghana is on the west coast of Africa between Ivory Coast and Togo. The country is bordered by Burkina Faso to the north and the Gulf of Guinea to the south.Full Answer >