List of regions of Africa

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The continent of Africa can be conceptually subdivided into a number of regions or subregions

Directional approach

One common approach categorises Africa directionally, e.g., by cardinal direction (compass direction):

Physiographic approach

Satellite image of Africa, showing the ecological break that defines the sub-Saharan area

Another common approach divides Africa by using features such as landforms, climatic regions, or vegetation types:

Linguistic approach

Official languages - in many African countries there are several official languages
Map showing the distribution of African language families and some major African languages. Afro-Asiatic extends from the Sahel to Southwest Asia. Niger–Congo is divided to show the size of the Bantu sub-family.

By official language

By indigenous language family

See also








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