The Largest Countries In Africa

The Largest Countries In Africa

Most young people think of Africa as just one country. Unfortunately, that’s not true. Africa has over 54 Countries on its continents,

Africa is the second-largest continent globally and covers 6% of the earth’s total surface area. Africa covers about 11.7 million square miles, with the adjacent islands included. By 2016, Africa had a population of 1.2 billion people, about 16% of the world’s population.


The Largest Countries In Africa


10. Ethiopia

In the Horn of Africa, Ethiopia is a rugged, landlocked country split by the Great Rift Valley. With archaeological finds dating back more than 3 million years, it’s a place of ancient culture.

Among its essential sites in Lalibela with its rock-cut Christian churches from the 12th–13th centuries.


9. South Africa

South Africa is a country on the southernmost tip of the African continent, marked by several distinct ecosystems. For example, inland safari destination Kruger National Park is populated by big game.

The Western Cape offers beaches, lush Winelands around Stellenbosch and Paarl, craggy cliffs at the Cape of Good Hope, forest and lagoons along the Garden Route, and the city of Cape Town.


8. Mali

Mali, officially the Republic of Mali, is a landlocked country in West Africa, a region geologically identified with the West African Craton. Mali is the eighth-largest country in Africa, with an area of just over 1,240,000 square kilometres. The population of Mali is 18 million. Its capital is Bamako.


7. Angola

Angola is a Southern African nation whose varied terrain encompasses tropical Atlantic beaches, a labyrinthine system of rivers and a Sub-Saharan desert that extends across the border into Namibia.

The country’s colonial history is reflected in its Portuguese-influenced cuisine and landmarks, including Fortaleza de São Miguel.


6. Niger

Niger or the Niger, officially the Republic of the Niger, is a landlocked country in Western Africa named after the Niger River. Libya borders Niger to the northeast, Chad to the east, Nigeria and Benin to the south, Burkina Faso and Mali to the west, and Algeria to the northwest.


5. Chad

Chad is a landlocked country in north-central Africa. Libya borders it to the north, Sudan to the east, the Central African Republic to the south, Cameroon and Nigeria to the southwest, and Niger to the west.


4. Libya

Libya is a sovereign state in North Africa, bordered by the Mediterranean Sea to the north, Egypt to the east, Sudan to the southeast, Chad and Niger to the south and Algeria and Tunisia to the west. The country is made up of three historical regions: Tripolitania, Fezzan and Cyrenaica.


3. Sudan

The Sudan or Sudan, also known as North Sudan since South Sudan’s independence and officially the Republic of Sudan, is a country in Northeast Africa.


2. Congo

the Congo, also known as DR Congo, the DRC, Congo-Kinshasa or simply the Congo, is located in Central Africa. It is sometimes referred to by its former name, Zaire, its official name between 1971 and 1997.


1. Algeria

Algeria is a North African country with a Mediterranean coastline and a Saharan desert interior. Many empires have left legacies here, such as the ancient Roman ruins in seaside Tipaza.

Algeria is the Largest Countries In Africa.  Algiers’ capital, Ottoman landmarks like circa-1612 Ketchaoua Mosque line the hillside Casbah quarter with its narrow alleys and stairways.



The Largest Countries In Africa

Rank CountriesCapital City Area in Square Miles
2Congo Kinshasa905,355
5Chad N'Djamena496,000

9South AfricaPretoria470,900
10EthiopiaAddis Ababa426,400