Interesting facts about Africa



  • One of the oldest universities in the world is in Timbuktu, Mali. By the 12th century Timbuktu was home to three universities. Over 25,000 students attended one of the Timbuktu universities in the 12th century.
  • Lake Victoria is the largest lake in Africa and the world’s second largest fresh water lake.
  • The northern most point in Africa is Ras ben Sakka in Tunisia. The most southerly point is Cape Agulhas in South Africa.
  • Mount Kilimanjaro in Tanzania is the highest point in Africa. It tops out at 19,340 feet above sea level. (5895 m)
  • Equatorial Guinea is the richest country in Africa. The GDP per capita is $30,200. Botswana is second with a GDP of $15,800. Coming in last is Zimbabwe at $200 per year.
  • Chad has the second fastest growing economy in the world.
  • Unfortunately the top 10 poorest countries in the world are all in Africa.
  • Mogadishu, Somalia is the 4th most dangerous city in the world. Johannesburg, South Africa is 10th. (For comparison’s sake Washington, DC is the 5th most dangerous city in the world!!!)
  • Libreville, Gabon is the 5th most expensive city in the world to live in. Tokyo is the most expensive city.
  • The Nile is the longest river in the world – the 6,670 kms takes you through Tanzania, Uganda, Sudan and Egypt.
  • Six of the driest places in the world are in Africa – Al’Kufrah, Libya, Aswan and Luxor in Egypt, Wadi Halfa in Sudan, Pelican Point in Namibia and Aoelef in Algeria.
  • The hottest place in the world is recorded at Al’Aziziyah in Libya.
  • Eritrea, Egypt and Libya are in the number 1, 2 and 3 spots respectively for the world’s most dangerous roads.
  • South Africa has the highest number (5.3 million) of people living with HIV/Aids in the world. Compare that to Canada with 56,000 and Croatia with only 200.

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