CENTRAL AFRICA

The geography of Central Africa is dominated by the Congo rainforest. Explore the rich diversity of people and physical features in this section.

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Geography of Congo-Kinshasa

Congo (Kinshasa), a country in central Africa. Prior to independence in 1960, it was known as the Belgian Congo; from 1960 until 1971 it was the Democratic Republic of the Congo; from 1971 until 1997 it was known as Zaire.

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  • Brazzaville
    Brazzaville

    Brazzaville, Congo, the nation's capital and largest city. It lies on the north bank of the Congo River, opposite Kinshasa, Zaire. See more »

  • Gabon
    Gabon

    Gabon, or Gabonese Republic, a country on the west coast of Africa. It lies on the Atlantic Ocean on the Equator and is bordered by Equatorial Guinea, Cameroon, and the Republic of the Congo. See more »

  • Geography of Africa
    Geography of Africa

    Africa, a continent, second in size only to Asia. For centuries it was known as the 'Dark Continent,' since except for its coastal regions little was known of the land. See more »

  • Geography of Angola
    Geography of Angola

    Angola, or Republic of Angola, a country in southwestern Africa. Until 1975 it was a possession of Portugal and was sometimes called Portuguese West Africa. See more »

  • Geography of Cameroon
    Geography of Cameroon

    Cameroon, or Republic of Cameroon, a country in western Africa. It lies just north of the Equator on the Gulf of Guinea and is bordered by Nigeria, Chad, the Central African Republic, Republic of the Congo, Gabon, and Equatorial Guinea. See more »

  • Geography of Central African Republic
    Geography of Central African Republic

    Central African Republic, a landlocked country in equatorial Africa. It is bordered by Chad, Sudan, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Republic of the Congo, and Cameroon. See more »

  • Geography of Chad
    Geography of Chad

    Chad, (French: Tchad), or Republic of Chad, a country in north-central Africa. It is bounded by Libya, Sudan, the Central African Republic, Cameroon, Nigeria, and Niger. See more »

  • Geography of Congo-Brazzaville
    Geography of Congo-Brazzaville

    Congo (Brazzaville), a country on the west coast of Africa. Prior to independence in 1960, it was part of French Equatorial Africa and was known as Middle Congo. See more »

  • Geography of Congo-Kinshasa
    Geography of Congo-Kinshasa

    Congo (Kinshasa), a country in central Africa. Prior to independence in 1960, it was known as the Belgian Congo; from 1960 until 1971 it was the Democratic Republic of the Congo; from 1971 until 1997 it was known as Zaire. See more »

  • Geography of Douala
    Geography of Douala

    Douala, Cameroon, the nation's largest city and principal seaport. It lies on an inlet of the Gulf of Guinea, about 130 miles (210 km) west of Yaounde, the national capital. See more »

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