Amazing African Facts

AMAZING AFRICAN FACTS

  • South Africa is called the Rainbow Nation because It has 11 official languages
South Africa is called the Rainbow Nation because It has 11 official languages
  • There is a beer brewed from bananas in Africa
This beer comes from a weird source, Banana fruit.
  • Near half of the gold ever mined comes from one place Witwatersrand, South Africa
Near half of the gold ever mined comes from one place Witwatersrand, South Africa
  • Didier Drogba , Football Legend is credited with brokering a ceasefire in his home country of Ivory Coast that brought an end to a 5 year civil war
Didier Drogba is not only a footballer, he also helped broker peace for his country.
  • There are 16 countries in Africa with higher vaccination rates than the U.S
There are 16 countries in Africa with higher vaccination rates than the U.S
  • The Hand print of Nelson Mandela resembles the African continent
Nelson Mandela’s hand print
  • Almost a third of the worlds languages are spoken only in Africa
Almost a third of the worlds languages are spoken only in Africa

 

Africa is the only continent that is in all the 4 hemispheres and the only to have land on the primr meridian and the equator

  • Africa is the only continent that is in all the 4 hemispheres and the only to have land on the primr meridian and the equator
  • The worlds oldest university in continuous operation is in Africa, the University of Karueeing founded in 859 AD in Morrocco
university of Karueeing
  • Africa is home to the worlds largest living land animal, the African elephant and the tallest Giraffe
Africa is home to the worlds largest living land animal, the African elephant and the tallest Giraffe
  • Africa produces 71% of the world’s tantalum – without this the world’s production of mobile phones and laptops would come to a standstill.
Africa produces 71% of the world’s tantalum – without this the world’s production of mobile phones and laptops would come to a standstill.
  • Sudan has more than 200 pyraminds which is double the number found in Egypt. The Meroe Pyramids were part of the Nubian Kingdom of Kush and are upto 4,600 years old
Sudan has more than 200 pyraminds which is double the number found in Egypt. The Meroe Pyramids were part of the Nubian Kingdom of Kush and are up to 4,600 years old
  • Timbuktu, Mali is home of one of the oldest universities in the world, established in 982 CE. By the 12th century, the city was such an intellectual hub that National Geographic has referred to it as the Paris of the medieval world.
Timbuktu, Mali is home of one of the oldest universities in the world, established in 982 CE. By the 12th century, the city was such an intellectual hub that National Geographic has referred to it as the Paris of the medieval world.
  • The most luxurious train in the world is found in South Africa named the “Rovos Rail” . Its routes covers the entire Southern Africa , from South Africa to Namibia and Tanzania
The most luxurious train in the world is found in South Africa named the “Rovos Rail” . Its routes covers the entire Southern africa , from South Africa to Namibia and Tanzania
  • The oldest human remains ever discovered were found in Ethiopia, which is approximately 200,000-year-old.
The oldest human remains ever discovered were found in Ethiopia, which is approximately 200,000-year-old.
  • Africa has 85% of the total elephant population of the world and 99% of the total lion population

  • There are more people speaking French in Africa than in France!
There are more people speaking French in Africa than in France!
  • Most of the world’s fastest runners come from a single tribe in Kenya, Africa, called the “Kalenjins.”
Kenyan athletes at the 2004 Olympics
  • South Africa is home to the highest commercial bungy jump in the world, called Bloukrans Bridge Bungy (216 meters).
Bloukrans Bridge Bungy

 

  • Africa’s Nile River is the world’s longest river. It has a total length of 6,650 kilometers (4,132 miles) and cuts across 11 countries. It drains into the Mediterranean Sea from Africa’s Northeastern edge.

  • The Hippopotamus are vegetarian and spend most of their time in the water, but on a continent which hosts lions, leopards and elephants, it can be a puzzling fact that the hippopotamus is responsible for the most human deaths, killing approximately 3,000 people a year. Lions only manage 70 – just 2.3% of the hippos’ toll
Hippopotamu,
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