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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!

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By the year 2050, Africa’s population is set to double.
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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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Over 25 million people are HIV-positive on Africa and over 17 million have died of the disease already.
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Africa has 54 sovereign countries, the most of any continent.
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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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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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Africa has over 3,000 protected areas on land, 198 marine protected areas, 50 biosphere reserves, and 80 wetland reserves.
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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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The deadliest animal in all of Africa is the hippopotamus.
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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 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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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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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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All of Africa was colonized by foreign powers during the "scramble for Africa", except Ethiopia and Liberia.
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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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In developing nations of Africa, ladies work 12 to 13 hours extra per week than men.
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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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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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Egypt is the most popular tourist destination in Africa, attracting around 10 million visitors per year.
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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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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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