“The population of these ten African countries will practically double by 2045, posing serious challenges for the reduction of poverty and for the conservation of the environment.
South Africa and Egypt are struggling to reach the middle-income stage, while the other countries struggle to get out of poverty and the Democratic Republic of Congo struggles to abandon the situation of extreme poverty.”
In today’s post, we will list the top 10 largest countries in Africa by landmass and every other thing you need to know about each of them.
Africa consists of 54 countries though they all have their various sizes and population, where some are not very large with a high population and some very large in size but a small population.
Nigeria as a country has the population but Algeria has the landmass which is bigger than Nigeria and Nigeria has more popularity than Algeria.
TOP 10 LARGEST COUNTRIES IN AFRICA
All countries in African has its own landmass, population or territory. we are just going to provide you with detailed information on the largest countries in Africa by landmass. Most of the information we used to prepare this post are gotten from World Atlas, World Population Review and some from Wikipedia.
Below is a list of the top ten largest countries in Africa;
#1. Algeria – 2,381,741 km2 (919,595 sq mi)
Algeria is the largest country in Africa by landmass and can also be called the People’s Republic of Algeria. Algeria has a nice setting and the country is well organized and minimally developed.
Right above the coast of the Mediterranean Ocean, Algeria has a cool climatic condition and filled with happy people.
It is noted that Algerians are quite hospitable and if you are visiting them as a tourist or visitor they serve their visitors with milk. Likewise, if you are looking for a soulmate then an Algerian is who you have to settle for both male and female are well cultured.
Algerians are mostly Muslims thereby having Islam as their official religion and they speak Arabic as their official language.
The official religion of the country is Islam, the official language is Arabic and Muslim clothing is the major wears of all Algerians.
#2. Republic of Congo – 2,344,858 km2 (905,355 sq mi)
The Republic of Congo which is also known as Congo-Brazzaville or Congo Republic is located in Central Africa in between four countries.
Congo has two seasons which are the wet season and the dry season. Home to the famous “Parc National Nouabalé-Ndoki” otherwise known as “Last Eden” and named as a World Heritage site due to its extra-ordinariness.
The country houses the Eastern lowland gorillas, baboons that can only be found in Congo and no other places in the world.
Congo is the second-largest country in Africa according to the landmass.
#3. Sudan – 1,861,484 km2 (718,723 sq mi)
The third-largest country in Africa by land mass is “The Republic of Sudan”. Sudan is a country in North-East Africa.
Sudan shares its border with Egypt to the north, Libya to the northwest, Chad to the west, the Central African Republic to the southwest, South Sudan to the south, Ethiopia to the southeast, Eritrea to the east, and the Red Sea to the northeast.
The largest city in Sudan is Khartoum and also the capital territory of the country.
If you are a Scuba diver then Sudan is the right place to be as that is the most-loved sport in Sudan as they have many beaches for such sport.
Sudan is a nice place for tourists as they boast of many tourist attractions sites like the Sanganeb National Park, the Pyramids of Meroe, Dinder Park and many others.
Sudan is a very poor country and underdeveloped even with its rich resources and they are also a Muslim dominated country.
#4. Libya – 1,759,540 km2 (679,362 sq mi)
Libya officially called the State of Libya, is a country located at the Maghreb region in North Africa, sharing its border with the Mediterranean Sea to the north, Egypt to the east, Sudan to the southeast, Chad to the south, Niger to the southwest, Algeria to the west, and Tunisia to the northwest.
Lybia is a North African country and is one of the biggest countries in Africa by landmass, Lybia also just like Algeria has a very low population.
#5. Chad – 1,759,540 km2 (679,362 sq mi)
Chad is officially known as the Republic of Chad and gots its name from the popular Lake Chad, It has its boarder shared with Libya to the north, Sudan to the east, the Central African Republic to the south, Cameroon to the south-west, Nigeria to the southwest, and Niger to the west.
Chad is the largest landlocked country in north-central Africa just like other African counterparts like Zimbabwe, Burundi, Mali, Ethiopia, Niger, Zambia, Botswana, Swaziland, Lesotho and so on.
The country owns Lake Chad which is the seventeenth-largest lake in the world and serves as the source of water for Nigeria, Niger, Cameroon and Chad.
#6. Niger – 1,284,000 km2 (495,755 sq mi)
You must have heard the name River Niger, that is where Niger got its name from. Niger is one of the largest countries in the world by landmass and is located in West Africa.
Having some nice site viewing attraction places like the Musee National du Niger, Tenere Desert, Air Mountains and so many more.
Niger is the largest country in West Africa by landmass, though cant boast of a large population.
The country suffers a high-temperature weather condition and arid land due to its proximity to Sahara desert, the reason why it is called the “Frying Pan of the World”
#7. Angola – 1,246,700 km2 (481,354 sq mi)
Angola is located in the Southern African region and has a varied terrain that encompasses tropical Atlantic beaches. Angola shares its border with Namibia and has Portuguese as their official language because they were colonized by the Portuguese.
They were influenced by the Portuguese and it reflects on their everyday way of life. Angola’s capital is Luanda.
Angola presently is one of the countries in the world with the fastest growing economy and also a nice place for tourists.
Dreadlocks we see everywhere in the world originated from Angola and Angola has Rucana Falls which is one of the largest waterfalls in the world.
Angola boasts of large modern fashioned buildings, rich in natural resources there is a report that Angola capital city Luanda is the most expensive city and is tagged the Paris of Africa.
#8. Mali – 1,240,192 km2 (478,841 sq mi)
Mali has the population and at the same time the landmass. Mali is located in West Africa and alternatively called the Republic of Mali.
This country is a landlocked country in West Africa and its capital city is Bamako with a country estimated population of 19,664,103 in 2017 it is the 8th largest country in Africa by landmass.
Mali shares boundaries with Senegal, Burkina Faso, Niger, Guinea, Mauritania, Algeria and Côte d’Ivoire.
Mali is rich in natural resources most especially gold and it also depends on agriculture.
#9. South Africa – 1,221,037 km2 (471,445 sq mi)
South Africa is a very popular country in Africa also known as Unie van Zuid-Afrika in Dutch which means the Union of South Africa, South Africa is the country with the largest economy in Africa.
The name South Africa as it sounds was coined from its geographical position on the southern tip of Africa and is well developed to some extent.
South Africa has some important things to note about like it is a location to one of the earth 12 energy centers, e.g. electric, spiritual energy and magnetic energy.
#10. Ethiopia – 1,104,300 km2 (426,373 sq mi)
The last on our list of largest countries in Africa by landmass is Ethiopia, this is the country with the oldest independence in Africa.
Ethiopia is known as the Horn of Africa, is a rugged and landlocked country split by the Great Rift Valley. Ethiopia is a place of ancient culture and dated back to more than 3 million years.
Ethiopia has the second-largest population in Africa after Nigeria and its capital city is Addis Ababa which is the highest above sea level.
This country has many wildlife creatures and with deserts and beautiful views and this is the only country with a 12-hour timezone.
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