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10 things you might otherwise never know about Sub-Saharan Africa

1. There are over 1,500 different languages in Sub-Saharan Africa.

2. Mount Kilimanjaro in Tanzania is the highest point in Sub-Saharan Africa. It soars to 19,340 feet above sea level (that’s 5,895 metres).

3. The world’s ten poorest nations are in Sub-Saharan Africa.

4. About half of the world’s diamonds come from southern and central Africa.

5. More babies are born in Niger, Mali and Uganda than in any other countries of the world.

6. Every year, more than one million wildebeest and 200,000 zebras follow a 300-mile (480-kilometre) migration loop through Tanzania and Kenya.

7. Almost 100 species of lemurs are found in Madagascar.

8. The Cape Vulture – which is found mainly in South Africa, Botswana and Lesotho – is endangered, with only around 8,000 remaining in the wild. It nests on cliffs and lays just one egg a year.

9. Each year, more people are killed in Sub-Saharan Africa by crocodiles than by lions.

10. In the Gulf of Tadjourah in Djibouti you can take a swim with huge whale sharks.