Africa is the second largest continent and it covers one-fifth of the Earth’s land surface. However, it only contains about a tenth of the Earth’s population.

The equator runs through Africa, cutting it almost equally in two. The northern half is mainly covered in desert, while the central and southern area have savannah plains and dense rainforest.

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The School Life in Malawi Pack

Africa Facts

  • Africa is the world’s second largest and second most populous continent. There are 54 countries in Africa.
  • Africa is the world’s oldest populated area. Archaeologists have found evidence that the human species has lived on the content for roughly 7 million years.
  • In Africa, you will find some of the largest mammals on this planet. Among them are the largest land mammal, the African elephant, the tallest mammal, the giraffe, and the fastest mammal, the cheetah.
  • The longest river in the world, the Nile (4,132 miles), is located in Africa.
  • The most widely spoken language is Arabic.


Come explore Africa

Which continent is the oldest in the world? How many countries make up Africa? Come explore with Lonely Planet Kids!

Running time: 1:02

Africa | Destination World

Experience the hottest of the seven continents on this episode of “Destination World.” Africa is home to some of the most famous animals in the world—here’s your chance to meet them.

Running time: 2:50

Safari in East Africa

It’s an amazing feeling when you get close to the wildlife in East Africa and discover the world of safari with your senses wide open. Have a look!

Running time: 2:27


We All Went on Safari

Join Arusha, Mosi, Tumpe and their Maasai friends as they set out on a counting journey through the grasslands of Tanzania.

One Plastic Bag

The inspiring true story of how one African woman began a movement to recycle the plastic bags that were polluting her community.

The Herd Boy

Malusi is a herd boy. It is a big job for a small boy, yet he does it well, no matter the danger. But he also dreams of being more than a herd boy someday: Malusi wants to be president.

Handa's Surprise

In this picture book classic, a delightful surprise colourfully unfolds when a little girl called Handa puts seven delicious fruits in a basket to take to her friend.

Long Walk to Freedom

Long Walk to Freedom by Nelson Mandela is the amazing story of a true hero of our times; his famous biography has been specially adapted for children in a beautiful illustrated picture book format.

Introducing Africa

Where is the Sahara Desert? What is Africa’s highest mountain? This book answers these questions and more as it introduces readers to the continent of Africa through maps, engaging photographs, and simple text.

Roar! 100 Fun Facts About African Animals

Explore the amazing animals of Africa! Travel through the savanna, jungle, and desert to meet lions, elephants, giraffes, and more animals in this leveled reader about the most popular African safari animals that’s perfect for advanced readers.

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