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     Central Africa      Middle Africa (UN subregion)      Central African Federation (defunct)

Central Africa is a core region of the African continent often considered to include Burundi, the Central African Republic, Chad, Democratic Republic of the Congo, and Rwanda.

Middle Africa (as used by the United Nations when categorising geographic subregions) is an analogous term that describes the portion of Africa south of the Sahara Desert, east of Western Africa, but west of the Great Rift Valley.[1 ] The region is dominated by the Congo River and its tributaries, which collectively drain a greater area than any river system except the Amazon.

According to the UN, the nine countries of Middle Africa are Angola, Cameroon, Central African Republic, Chad, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Republic of the Congo, Equatorial Guinea, Gabon, and São Tomé and Príncipe.[1 ] All of the states in the UN subregion of Middle Africa, plus those otherwise commonly reckoned in central Africa (11 states in total), comprise the Economic Community of Central African States (ECCAS).[2]

The Central African Federation (1953–1963), also called the Federation of Rhodesia and Nyasaland, was made up of what are now the nations of Malawi, Zambia, and Zimbabwe. Similarly, the Anglican Church of the Province of Central Africa covers dioceses in Botswana, Malawi, Zambia and Zimbabwe. These states are now typically regarded as parts of Southern Africa or Eastern Africa. [3]



Much of Africa's Atlantic coast has a humid tropical climate. It is wet and warm all year. This climate supports a large, dense tropical rain forest. North and south of the Congo Basin are large areas with a tropical savanna climate. Those areas are warm all year, but have distinct dry and wet seasons. Only in the high eastern mountains is there highland climate. Dry steppe and even desert climates are found in the far south sometimes.

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Africa : Central Africa

Central Africa is a region of Africa.

Central Africa regions
Central Africa regions
Central African Republic
Democratic Republic of the Congo
Huge, blessed with incredible natural wealth and beauty, culturally diverse, and extremely unstable and dangerous
Equatorial Guinea
Perhaps the continent's most corrupt country, where massive oil wealth is confiscated by a thuggish government, is not a terribly safe place to travel, but it has great beaches, laid-back beach bars, and locals speak Spanish
Republic of the Congo
Don't let the recent past fool you, Rwanda is one of Africa's safest and most rewarding travel destinations, with fascinating and well exhibited memorials and museums dedicated to the genocide, the best Central African trekking and mountain gorilla visits (since it's so untouched by tourists), and all this brought to you by a rigorously development-oriented totalitarian state
Sao Tome and Principe
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