Africa Facts for Kids – 5 Awesome Facts about Africa

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Have you ever been to Africa?! Let’s discover five awesome Africa facts for kids.

Africa Facts for Kids Fact Number 1: Africa Sits on The Equator

The equator is an imaginary line that stretches all the way around the world. This line is halfway between the North Pole and the South Pole. It splits the world into the Northern Hemisphere and the Southern Hemisphere. Africa sits on this imaginary line. Two thirds of Africa are in the Northern Hemisphere and the bottom third is in the Southern Hemisphere. If you visit Africa you can go and visit the spot where the equator passes through Africa. The equator passes through 6 countries in the continent of Africa and many have markers showing you the equator.

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Africa Facts for Kids Desk globe showing the Equator passing through Africa

Africa Facts for Kids Fact Number 2: Africa Is very Multilingual

Africa is a very diverse place with over 3000 nationalities of people that live there. Geographers have tried to count all the languages that are spoken there and found that Over 2000 languages are spoken in Africa. There are too many languages to know the exact number. This diversity is due to how big Africa is, there are 1.2 billion people living in Africa. That is over 16% of the population of the whole world.

Arabic is the most commonly spoken language in Africa.  If you visit Africa you can say hello in Arabic by saying “Marhaba!” This means hello or hi.

Africa Facts for Kids Fact Number 3: Africa Is The Hottest Continent in The World

The hottest average temperature in the world is in Ethiopia which has a temperature of 33.9 °C on average. The African continent has three deserts, this includes the biggest hot desert in the world, The Sahara. Despite their very hot weather, Africa also has the longest river in the world. The Nile River in Sudan and Egypt which is over 4000 miles long. It even runs through the desert!

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Africa Facts for Kids: An Aerial Shot of the City of Cairo showing the River Nile

Africa Facts for Kids Fact Number 4: The World’s Largest Free Standing Mountain Is in Africa

Free standing mountains are not part of a larger group of mountains known as a mountain range. The tallest mountain in the world is Mount Everest but it is part of a larger range of mountains called the Himalayas. Mount Kilimanjaro is in Tanzania and stands on its own. It is 5,895 metres tall and that is as tall as eighteen of the Eiffel tower.

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Mount Kilimanjaro

Africa Facts for Kids Fact Number 5: The Largest Bird in The World Lives in Africa

The largest bird in the world is the Ostrich, it is the tallest and heaviest bird in the world. Even though Ostriches are birds they cannot fly but they can run very fast. They can run over 40 miles per hour. Their eggs are the biggest of any bird in the world and they can be 15 cm tall, the same size as a small ruler. Ostriches live in savannahs and so they are found in both the North and South of Africa.

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Ostriches are crossing the road

We hope you enjoyed learning more things about Africa as much as we loved teaching you about them. Now that you know how majestic this continent is, you can move on to learn about other geography stuff like: Australia, United States, Italy, Day of the Dead in Mexico, Festivals in Mexico, 8 Amazing Places to Visit in Egypt, Egypt, Festivals in India, Oceans, Rocks, Rivers, Mountains, Trees and 1 Interesting Fact about Every Country in Asia.

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