What better way to learn about our Southern Hemisphere neighbours than through maps?
Here’s a geography challenge for you…
- There’s a hotspot of biodiversity on an island nation lying offshore of Africa’ southeastern cast. It is about five times the size of Tasmania. Which island nation is it?
- There are two countries in the south of Africa completely encompassed by a third. Which ones are they?
- What is the capital city of Namibia?
- The world’s largest waterfall is Mosi-oa-Tunya – formerly known as Victoria Falls. On what river between Zimbabwe and Zambia is it located?
- In which landlocked country’s northern parts can you find the Tsodilo Hills, a UNESCO World Heritage Site with 100,000 years of archeological heritage, and the Okavango Delta, a completely landlocked inland river delta?
Maps were sourced from From the Free, Open Source Portable Atlas Project:
- Madagascar! Remind you of Tasmania?
- Losotho and Swaziland. There must be an interesting history to this….
- Windhoek. The name brings to mind Dutch colonial efforts-it means “Wind Corner” in Afrikaaner.
- The Zambezi River. The local name for the Falls means— “the smoke that thunders“
- Botswana. Sound pretty magical, eh?
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