Southern Africa

Southern Africa is the southernmost region of Africa. There is no one agreed-upon definition, but some groupings include the United Nations geoscheme, the inter-governmental Southern African Development Community, and the physical geography definition based on the physical characteristics of the land.

Defined by physical geography, Southern Africa is home to a number of river systems; the Zambezi River being the most prominent. The Zambezi flows from the northwest corner of Zambia and western Angola to the Indian Ocean on the coast of Mozambique. Along the way, the Zambezi River flows over the mighty Victoria Falls on the border between Zambia and Zimbabwe. Victoria Falls is one of the largest waterfalls in the world and a major tourist attraction for the region.[1]

Southern Africa includes both subtropical and temperate climates, with the Tropic of Capricorn running through the middle of the region, dividing it into its subtropical and temperate halves. Countries commonly included in Southern Africa include Angola, Botswana, the Comoros, Eswatini, Lesotho, Madagascar, Malawi, Mauritius, Mozambique, Namibia, South Africa, Zambia, and Zimbabwe. In cultural geography, the island country of Madagascar is often not included due to its distinct language and cultural heritage.[1]

  Southern Africa (UN subregion and the SACU)
  Geographical Southern Africa, including the UN subregion
United Nations geoscheme for Africa
  Southern Africa

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