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Southern Africa is the southernmost region of the African continent. This region is the portion of Africa south of the Cunene and Zambezi Rivers. The terrain of Southern Africa is varied, ranging from forest and grasslands to deserts. The region has both low-lying coastal areas, and mountains. Southern Africa has a wide diversity of ecoregions including grassland, bushveld, karoo, savannah and riparian zones.

There are many species present in the region including white rhino, lion, African leopard, impala, kudu, blue wildebeest, vervet monkey and elephant. It has complex Plateaus that create massive mountain structures along the South African border.

In terms of natural resources, the region has the world's largest resources of platinum and the platinum group elements, chromium, vanadium, and cobalt, as well as uranium, gold, copper, titanium, iron and diamonds. This made southern Africa a resource rich target for the European powers during the colonial age.

Southern Africa is home to many cultures and people. It was initially populated by indigenous or native Africans San, Khoikhoi and Pygmies in widely dispersed concentrations. Due to the Bantu expansion which edged the previous native African peoples to the more remote areas of the region, the majority of African ethnic groups in this region, including the Xhosa, Zulu, Tsonga, Swazi, Northern Ndebele, Southern Ndebele, Tswana, Sotho, and Shona people, BaLunda, Mbundu, Ovimbundu, Shona, Chaga and Sukuma, speak Bantu languages.

The process of colonization and settling resulted in a significant population of native European (Afrikaner, British, Portuguese Africans, etc.) and Asian descent (Cape Malays, Indian South Africans, etc.) in many southern African countries.

Available Books


Image Name
A Korah Hottentot Village on the Left Bank of the Orange River
A Patrol on the Ladybrand Road
Hottentot Holland with Sir Lowry's Oass and the Village of Somerset West
The Klip-Springer
The Profile Cliff, Narrow Gorge and Torrent of the Zambesi
Gaikas (Sandillas Tribe)
The Road out of a Drift
Back Cover
A Kaffir Chief in Full Uniform with His Prime Minister in Undress Ditto
Zulu Soldiers of King Pandas Army
The Leaping Water or Westernmost Cataract
Boors Returning From Hunting
Kafir Kraal near the Umlazi River, Natal
Mathlapi's Hunting Dance in the Zulu Country
Centre Rock Fall and the Eastern Cataracts
A Successful Day
Nearing Pretoria
Led Ponies
Cape Town from Table Bay
Front Cover
A Mounted Infantry Patrol - Dinner
Bethanien im Orange Freistaat Berliner Missionsstation
Under Shelter of a Kopje
Tongas crossing a Drift
Fighting in the Bush
The African Rhinosceros
The Pyramids at Cairo
Back Cover
Four Portraits From Nature
Transport crossing a Swollen Drift
Fingoes Working in the Surf, at Algoa Bay
Blue Hydrangeas at Groote Schuur
Blaauwberg and Head of Table Bay
Zulu Women making Beer at Gudu's Kraal on the Tugala River
Hadji Hassan Nudin Ibanu Abdallah or Karel (A Malay Priest at Prayers)
The New Theatre in Hottentot Square
The Bed of the River at Paardeberg
Examining a Boer's Pass
The Dacca Smokers
Übersichts Karte von Sud-Afrika
Malay Boy of Cape Town
A Boosh-Wannah Hut
The Falls from the Western End of the Chasm
The Mountains of Samayut
The Vale of Calaat
New and Remarkable Species of Lepidoptera from Natal and the Zulu Country
Karl Julius, a Hottentot Herd Boy
Utimuni, Nephew of Chaka the late Zulu King
A Transport Driver
Silver Trees and Wild Geraniums
On the Victoria Road, near Oude Kraal
A Skirmish in the Open
Chapman's Peak and Slang Kop Point from Hout Bay
Mounted Infantry Stretcher-Bearers
A Tonga
Shell falling among Tongas
Free State Burghers surrendering at Kroonstad
A Sunset on the Lion's Head : Effect of South-east Wind
The Pass of Atbara in Abyssinia
Title Page
Front Cover
Shoeing in the Veldt
Hout Bay and Hangberg
View of Grand Cairo
The Patrol Tent
Mounted Infantry coming down the Witwatersrand
The Rush for Kimberley
On the Ramparts of the old Castle (Moonlight)
The Hippopotamus
Cornet Smith Starts on Patrol
Kaffers on a March
View of the Lion's Head
Siege Gun Shells destroyed by De Wet
Toilet in the Field
Das Plateau der Bakuena
The Falls from the Narrow Neck Near the Eastern Headland of the Outlet
Four Portraits From Nature
Evening Scene on the Umnonoti River
Zulu Blacksmiths at work
Tigerberg and Diep River
A Boer Vrouw
Scene in Sitsikamma
Tapping Telegraph Wires
Front Cover
Frontispiece - Throwing the Assegai
Bosjesmans Frying Locusts
The Paarl
Mucculla in Abyssinia
View near Point de Galle, Ceylon
The Falls from the East End of the Chasm to Garden Island
An Ox-Convoy
Zusammenfluss des Nu-Und Kei Gairb Junction
Umbambu and Umpengulu, Young Zulus in their dancing costume
Landscahft aus dem Bechuanalande Bakatla Gebiet


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