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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
Title Page
Bosjesmans Frying Locusts
A Transport Driver
Malay Boy of Cape Town
Ruins of the Fort at Juanpore on the River Goomtee
A Mid-day Rest
The African Hog
The Road out of a Drift
At Lakeside, looking South-East
The Patrol Tent
Bethanien im Orange Freistaat Berliner Missionsstation
Table Mountain from Retreat Flats
Halt in the Desert
The new Antilope from St Lucia Bay
Front Cover
Front Cover
A Kaffir Chief in Full Uniform with His Prime Minister in Undress Ditto
The Tackhaitse
Zusammenfluss des Nu-Und Kei Gairb Junction
Nc'pae, a young Zulu in his dancing dress
Guard Mounting, Bloemfontein
Back Cover
A Tonga
The Falls from the Narrow Neck Near the Eastern Headland of the Outlet
Die Drakensberge vom Fufse des Bezuidenhouts Pass Gesehen
A Boosh-Wannah Hut
Genadendal, a Moravian Missionary Settlement on South Africa
Mounted Infantry coming down the Witwatersrand
The Falls from the Western End of the Chasm
Kafir Kraal near the Umlazi River, Natal
Table Bay from the Kloof Nek
Silver Trees and Wild Geraniums
Mule Transport crossing a Drift
A Transvaal Burgher
Hottentot Holland with Sir Lowry's Oass and the Village of Somerset West
Portrait of the Author [George French Angas]
The Mountains of Samayut
The Dacca Smokers
Front Cover
Centre Rock Fall and the Eastern Cataracts
Aussicht von der Berea Nach dem Umgeni Thal
The Quahkah
Umpanda, the King of the Amazulu
A Veldt Fire
New and Remarkable Species of Lepidoptera from Natal and the Zulu Country
The Vale of Calaat
Skirmishing Party of Cape Mounted Rifles
View of Grand Cairo
The Paarl
Plan van het Etablishement aan de Algoa-Baai
Tapping Telegraph Wires
Übersichts Karte von Sud-Afrika
The Bed of the River at Paardeberg
Cascade on Sneuwberg
Tongas crossing a Drift
Sanna's Post
Back Cover
Free State Burghers surrendering at Kroonstad
Herd of Buffaloes Driven to the Edge of the Chasm
General French halting at Sanna's Post, March 19, 1900
View of the Lion's Head
In the Face of a Storm
Front Cover
The Leaping Water or Westernmost Cataract
Mathlapi's Hunting Dance in the Zulu Country
Kaffers on a March
The End of the Day
Back Cover
A Farm House
Outpost - Breakfast
Military Station at Algoa Bat
Sandy Bay Valley in the island of St. Helena
Burma Mounted Infantry
Christian Matthei, a Half-Caste Hottentot
General French's First View of the Transvaal
A Mounted Infantry Patrol - Dinner
Enne Kafferin den Kaffer ten Huwelijkvoorgefteld
Title Page
Umbambu and Umpengulu, Young Zulus in their dancing costume
Bavarian's Kloof.
Pagoda at Tanjore
Utimuni, Nephew of Chaka the late Zulu King
We're All A Nodding
Riacotta in the Baramahal
Title Page - First Part
Illustrated Title Page
A Corner of Cronje's Laager at Paardeberg
Our Water Supply at Kroonstad
Scene in Sitsikamma
First Mounted Infantry at Klipriversberg, May 29, 1900
A View near the Roode Sand Pass at the Cape of Good Hope
Fighting in the Bush
The Pyramids at Cairo


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