How Well do You Know Africa?

Here’s a fun quiz to test your knowledge of Africa! When you click ‘Finish’ your answers will be highlighted: correct ones in green, incorrect ones in red, along with the correct answer.

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#1. What is the capital of Zimbabwe?

Sorry, it’s actually Harare. Before 1980 it was called Salisbury, in which Harare was a district. But its name was changed to Harare after independence in 1980.

#2. In which country would you find Mount Kilimanjaro?

Actually, it’s Tanzania. Kilimanjaro is the highest peak in Africa at 19,341 feet above sea level and 16,100 feet from its base.

It’s also the highest free-standing mountain in the world.

#3. What was the previous name of the Democratic Republic of the Congo?

Oh, no! It’s Zaire!

It was originally part of the Belgian Congo during the colonial era. It became Zaire in 1971 and was then renamed to the Democratic Republic of the Congo in 1997.

#4. Who was the Prime Minister of Rhodesia before Mugabe?

Sorry – bit of a tough one this because he wasn’t well known. It was Abel Muzorewa.

He was the first black Prime Minister in what had become Zimbabwe-Rhodesia by then, and up until the elections that were held in 1980, when Mugabe was elected.

#5. Lake Victoria is the largest lake in Africa. How many countries have shorelines on it?

You might think it was more, but it’s only 3: Kenya, Uganda and Tanzania.

#6. Where is the Chobe Game Reserve?

It’s actually Botswana, but Chobe is often overshadowed by the Kruger National Park in South Africa.

There’s a description of my visit to Chobe in the second part of this article.

#7. How many countries does the Zambesi River flow through or along the border of?

It’s actually 6.

It rises in Zambia, flows through Angola, back into Zambia, along the border with Namibia, Botswana and Zimbabwe, then through Mozambique to the Indian Ocean

#8. Where would you find the Okavango Delta?

It’s actually Botswana!

#9. Where would you find the Victoria and Albert Waterfront?

It’s in Cape Town! It’s a lovely location that’s a major shopping and dining area today. Recommended for a visit if you’re ever in Cape Town.

#10. Where would you find the Serengeti National Park?

Sorry, it’s in Tanzania! Tanzania is quite popular in this quiz, because it’s a spectacular part of Africa.

#11. Which island was Nelson Mandela imprisoned on for 18 years?

It was actually Robben Island, which is in Table Bay to the west of Cape Town.

#12. Where would you find The Golden Mile?

It’s actually in Durban – a favourite city for me as it’s where I went to University! Durban used to be on the surfing circuit – it’s a great surfing location.

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