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Africa Facts

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Looking for amazing facts and informations about Africa? Below you can discover twenty-four curiosities that are real, even if they are weird or funny, so please make sure to vote what you think is interesting!

Discover interesting Africa facts

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By the year 2050, Africa’s population is set to double.
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Over 25 million people are HIV-positive on Africa and over 17 million have died of the disease already.
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More people speak French in Africa than do those in France.
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George Lucas filmed various parts of Star Wars in the Tunisian Sahara Desert, from Africa.
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Africa has 54 sovereign countries, the most of any continent.
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All of Africa was colonized by foreign powers during the "scramble for Africa", except Ethiopia and Liberia.
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Between 1525 and 1866, 12.5 million Africans were kidnapped and sold into slavery in the Americas.
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Both the world’s tallest and largest land animals both come from Africa. They are the Giraffe and African elephant.
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The largest island in Africa, located in the Indian Ocean (off Africa’s East Coast) is Madagascar.
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Lake Victoria is the largest lake in Africa measuring 26,560 square miles.
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The deadliest animal in all of Africa is the hippopotamus.
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Africa has the largest reserves of precious metals with over 40% of the gold reserves, over 60% of the cobalt, and 90% of the platinum reserves.
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Mosquitoes are considered the deadliest animal in the world because it transmits malaria, which kills over 700,000 people every year, mainly in Africa.
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Africa is home to the world’s oldest desert, the Namib, which in turn is home to the highest dune on the planet, Dune 7.
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Mount Kilimanjaro is the largest mountain in Africa and stands tall at 19,340 feet.
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Of all the malaria cases in the world, 90% occur in Africa.
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In developing nations of Africa, ladies work 12 to 13 hours extra per week than men.
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In 1974, scientists discovered the oldest known human ancestor in Ethiopia. The 3.2-million year old skeleton was named "Lucy" after the Beatles song "Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds".
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Egypt is the most popular tourist destination in Africa, attracting around 10 million visitors per year.
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The largest waterfall in Africa is the Victoria Falls and it is located on the Zimbabwe and Zambia border. It has a height of 355 feet and the width of the water fall runs into almost a mile.
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Donkeys are originally from desert areas of Middle East and Africa and are anatomically well-equipped to survive in those conditions.
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African elephants are found throughout sub-Saharan Africa, where they typically live in plains, woodlands, and forests.
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Africa has over 3,000 protected areas on land, 198 marine protected areas, 50 biosphere reserves, and 80 wetland reserves.
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The deadliest war since World War II occurred in Africa. The Second Congo War (1998-2003) caused 5.4 million deaths.

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According to some versions of Greek mythology, Hephaestus aka the God of fire, was the son of Hera alone, who conceived him in order to get back at Zeus for bringing forth Athena from his head.