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Angola is a southern African nation whose varied terrain encompasses tropical Atlantic beaches, a labyrinthine system of rivers and Sub-Saharan desert that extends across the border into Namibia. The country's colonial history is reflected in its Portuguese-influenced cuisine and its landmarks including Fortaleza de São Miguel, built by the Portuguese in 1576 to defend the capital, Luanda. Capital: Luanda President: José Eduardo dos Santos Population: 21.47 million (2013) World Bank Currency: Angolan kwanza Official language: Portuguese Government: Unitary state, Presidential system, Republic
Democratic Republic of the Congo
The Democratic Republic of the Congo, also known as DR Congo, DRC, DROC, Congo-Kinshasa, or simply the Congo is a country located in Central Africa. From 1971 to 1997 it was named Zaire. Capital: Kinshasa Population: 67.51 million (2013) World Bank President: Joseph Kabila Prime minister: Augustin Matata Ponyo Official language: French
Madagascar, a huge island nation off the southeast coast of Africa, is home to thousands of animal species – like lemurs – found nowhere else, plus rainforests, beaches and reefs. Near the busy capital, Antananarivo, is Ambohimanga, a hillside complex of royal palaces and burial grounds, as well as the “Avenue of the Baobabs,” a dirt road lined by massive centuries-old trees. Capital: Antananarivo Dialing code: +261 Area: 578,041 km² Currency: Malagasy ariary Population: 22.92 million (2013) World Bank President: Hery Rajaonarimampianina
Mauritius, a volcanic island nation in the Indian Ocean, is known for its beaches, lagoons and reefs. The mountainous interior encompasses Black River Gorges National Park, with rainforests, waterfalls, hiking trails and native fauna like the flying fox. The capital, Port Louis, blends foreign influences and offers sites such as the Champs de Mars horse track, colonial Eureka plantation and 18th-century botanical garden. Capital: Port Louis Dialing code: +230 Area: 2,040 km² Currency: Mauritian rupee Population: 1.296 million (2013) World Bank President: Ameenah Gurib
Mozambique is a southern African nation whose long Indian Ocean coastline is dotted with popular beaches like Tofo, as well as offshore marine parks. In the Quirimbas Archipelago, a 250km stretch of coral islands, mangrove-covered Ibo Island has colonial-era ruins. It's also a diving and snorkeling destination, as is Bazaruto Archipelago farther south, with reefs protecting rare marine life including dugongs. Capital: Maputo Currency: Metical President: Filipe Nyusi Prime minister: Carlos Agostinho do Rosário Official language: Portuguese
Tanzania is an East African country known for its vast wilderness areas. They include the plains of Serengeti National Park, a safari mecca populated by the “big five” game (elephant, lion, leopard, buffalo, rhino), and Kilimanjaro National Park, home to Africa’s highest mountain. Offshore lie the tropical islands of Zanzibar and Mafia Marine Park, where whale sharks swim through reefs. Capitals: Dodoma Currency: Tanzanian shilling President: John Magufuli Prime minister: Kassim Majaliwa Currency: Tanzanian shilling Official languages: Swahili, English
Malawi, a landlocked country in southeastern Africa, is defined by its topography of highlands split by the Great Rift Valley and enormous Lake Malawi. The lake’s southern end falls within Lake Malawi National Park – sheltering diverse wildlife from colorful fish to baboons – and its clear waters are popular for diving and boating. Peninsular Cape Maclear is known for its beach resorts. Capital: Lilongwe Currency: Malawian kwacha Population: 16.36 million (2013) World Bank President: Peter Mutharika Official language: English
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The Seychelles is an archipelago of 115 islands in the Indian Ocean off East Africa, known for its beaches, coral reefs, diving, nature reserves and rare wildlife such as giant Aldabra tortoises. Mahé island, with an international airport, is a key transport hub, home to capital Victoria, the mountain rainforests of Morne Seychellois National Park and white-sand beaches including Beau Vallon and Anse Takamaka. Capital: Victoria Dialing code: +248 Currency: Seychellois rupee Population: 89,173 (2013) World Bank Continent: Africa Official languages: English, French, Seselwa
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