Africa is the only continent large enough to be in both the northern temperate and southern temperate zones. The equator also runs through several countries in Africa
- While Europe and Africa may seem far apart, they’re actually separated by less than 9 miles of water at the Strait of Gibraltar, which separates Spain from Morocco.
- Despite being the second-largest continent in the world, Africa has the shortest coastline! This is due to the many bays that extend out of the coastline.
- Egypt receives only around one inch of rain every year. Thankfully, heavy rain in Ethiopia causes the Nile River to flood every summer, bringing much-needed water to Egypt’s plants and crops.
- Africa is home to the largest remaining populations of lions, elephants, rhinoceros, cheetahs, hyenas and leopards.