The Cape of Good Hope and Cape Agulhas are the capes at the southern tip of Africa. Both capes are within the country of South Africa.Continue Reading
The coastline of the Cape of Good Hope stretches more than 1,500 miles and spans from the Indian to the Atlantic Oceans. Bartolomeu Dias, a Portuguese explorer, first rounded the Cape in 1488. Rounding the cape became an important trade route for the Portuguese. The Cape of Good Hope is not actually the southernmost point, despite being known as such.
Cape Agulhas, which is actually the southernmost point in Africa, divides the Atlantic and Indian Oceans. It lies close to the southernmost town in Africa, L'Agulhas. Cape Agulhas is located about 105 miles southeast of the Cape of Good Hope.Learn more about Africa
Portions of the large continent of Africa sit in each of the four hemispheres: Northern, Southern, Eastern and Western. While most of the continents are spread across more than one hemisphere, Africa is the only one to encompass all four.Full Answer >
Africa is the second largest among the seven traditionally recognized continents in the world, which include Asia, South America, North America, Antarctica, Australia and Europe. As of 2015, Africa is also the second most populous continent.Full Answer >
Bartolomeu de Novaes Dias was a Portuguese explorer who became the first explorer to round the Cape of Good Hope and Cabo das Agulhas at the southernmost point of Africa. His efforts led to the establishing the eastern sea route from Europe to the Indian Ocean and Asia.Full Answer >
The physical features of Africa include the Sahara desert, Sahel, Ethiopian Highlands, savannas and rainforests. Some other major features are the Swahili Coast, Southern Africa, the Great Lakes and the Nile River.Full Answer >