10 Weird Africa Facts You Have Never Heard Of


For some people, Africa is still shrouded in mystery and a lot still remains unknown about the world’s largest black continent that shelters more than 1 billion people. While the continent takes its time to decide on the path of development, it is worthy of note that there are a few weird Africa facts that may sound unbelievable to the elite mind. Some can be explained while some cannot be explained but still regarded as a fact. Apart from having the most beautifully shaped and distinct map on the modern geographic atlas there are a few strange and weird facts about Africa which you may never have known. Most bizarre things are products of nature and can only be explained by the same hence, it is not a surprise that Africa has it’s fair cut of unusual, strange, bizarre and weird objects, formations and customs. Answers Africa presents the list of weird Africa facts:

Image Credit: Felipe Barrio

Image Credit: Felipe Barrio

10. In the months of October to January, you can swim with whale sharks in the Gulf of Tadjourah in Djibouti located in the Indian Ocean at the western end of the Gulf of Aden. This is possible because of change in ocean currents and high concentration of plankton in this area during this season.

Rovos Rail

9.The most luxury train in the worldto date is found in South Africa. It is named “The Rovos Rail”. Rovos Rail is a privately owned railway company operating out of Capital Park Station in Pretoria, South Africa and it is arguably the most luxurious train in the world. Its route covers the entire Southern Africa, from South Africa to Namibia and Tanzania.

Goliath Frog

8. The world’s biggest frog comes from Cameroon. It is can grow up to 33 cm in length (over one foot) excluding the legs which can also be up to 1 foot long when stretched. They are known to be the largest species of frog on earth and are called Goliath Frog.

Congo war
Congo war

7. The Second Congo War killed an estimated 5.4 million people. It started in 1998 and involved eight African countries. It is said to be the largest war in African history. This made the Second Congo War the deadliest worldwide conflict since the second World War. The war was officially ended after 8 long years (2006) however, there are still hostile activities till this present day.

People Living with HIV

6. South Africa has the highest number of people living with HIV/Aids in the world (5.6 million). That is approximately 9% of the entire population and an adult prevalence rate of 17.8% (15-49 years). This value is the highest in the world and quite significant when compared to Canada with 56,000 and Croatia and Quatar with only 200.