Top 10 Most Interesting Sub-Saharan African Countries

Wooh, I've already made tons of these lists. Geography is my favourite subject in school so the fact that I've made tons of world related lists here shouldn't surprise you. I've already made lists of most interesting countries in South America (my first one), Central Asia, Europe, Latin America, Asia as whole and now it's time for Africa, unfortunately, that list has already been made. Don't worry though, because we're going to do the sub-Saharan African countries instead, which are all the African countries south of the sahara desert, so the countries that are NOT allowed on the list are Egypt, Libya, Tunisia, Algeria and Morocco. Without further ado, let's begin!

The Top Ten

1 Ethiopia Ethiopia, officially known as the Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia, is a sovereign state located in the Horn of Africa.

Ethiopia was the only african country outside of Liberia which was a bit complicated to never get colonized. While Italy once tried to colonize Ethiopia, the natives of Ethiopia managed to fight them off, and this makes it so interesting. Because it never got colonized, the culture is very unsimilar to anything european and even their official language isn't a european language and it's the only one on the african continent where the official language is a native african language, and it's amharic - darthvadern

Great history and great food. - DarkBoi-X

Love the history - RawIsgore

2 Gabon

Gabon is such an interesting and fascinating country! I have always been a huge fan of gabonese culture and nature! Gabon is the most forested country on the african mainland and has tons of different ethnicities, with the biggest ethnic group called the Fang, part of the Bantu. The fang people surely are quite an interesting tribe I gotta say! The fang also exist in countries like Cameroon and Equatorial Guinea. The fang made such cool maks that were used for pretty much everything and have a unique shape. And due to the fact that it's the most forestest african country on the mainland, thus there is quite a lot of unique animals as well! Capital is Libreville and president is Ali Bongo. A few weeks ago there was also a failed coup d'état that was quite interesting in my opinion. Gabon takes the number #1 spot in my opinion! - darthvadern

3 Sudan

The southern brother of Egypt, and shares a very similar history to Egypt in fact. They used to be part of the same country at one point and under an alliance at one point as well, and they have pyramids and stuff as well. I heard somewhere that Sudan has more pyraminds than Egypt, but that the egyptian pyraminds are bigger, which may also be why it's more known. Sudan also used to be the biggest country in Africa when it came to size but since South Sudan gained independence, it has dropped to third place giving Algeria the title instead (D.R Congo is the second biggest) - darthvadern

4 Namibia Namibia, officially the Republic of Namibia, is a country in southern Africa whose western border is the Atlantic Ocean.
5 Chad

Chad has always been an interesting country in my eyes. It's very interesting as it's the only sub-saharan country that has both arabic and french as official languages and it's quite interesting. It's basically an arab-influenced sub-saharan country but yet a bit french influenced as well which makes it quite fascinating. I find it interesting how all of Chad's neighbours have had some sort of drama in the past (with the exclusion of the states south of Chad), it makes it much more interesting. It varies quite a lot in terms of landscape as the northern part is known as the dead heart of Africa and is basically part of the sahara desert while the southern parts have savannahs instead. Capital is N'Djamena and president is Idriss Deby. Tons of things about this country catches my interests - darthvadern

6 Burundi Burundi, officially the Republic of Burundi, is a landlocked country in the African Great Lakes region of East Africa, bordered by Rwanda to the north, Tanzania to the east and south, and the Democratic Republic of the Congo to the west. In Burundi they speak Kirundi, French and Swahili. The capital more.
7 Zimbabwe Zimbabwe, officially the Republic of Zimbabwe, is a landlocked sovereign state located in southern Africa, between the Zambezi and Limpopo Rivers.
8 Eritrea Eritrea officially the State of Eritrea, is a country in East Africa. With its capital at Asmara, it is bordered by Sudan in the west, Ethiopia in the south, and Djibouti in the southeast.

Usually called the "North Korea" of Africa and is about as dangerous, but it's interesting as well. Located on the horn of Africa, Eritrea is a narrow country that borders the red sea to the east and otherwise borders Djibouti, Ethiopia and Sudan, and almost border Yemen on the other side of the red sea. It's a generally hot country as well, on the coasts. In the inland it's rather the opposite. It's quite cool - darthvadern

9 Côte d'Ivoire Ivory Coast or Côte d'Ivoire, officially named the Republic of Côte d'Ivoire, is a country located in West Africa.

C'te d'Ivoire, or in english known as Ivory Coast is the biggest producer of cocoa in the world. Countries that border it such as Ghana also produce much cocoa. This is quite an interesting country in my opinion. There are a lot of interesting tribes in this country such as the sanwi who once wanted to be an independent country and they literally declared Michael Jackson to be king! I've been looking at a lot of sites to see if it actually is true and it seems. Capital city is Yamoussoukro but biggest city and former capital was Abidjan, president is Alassane Outtara. There's tons of things about this country that catches my interests - darthvadern

10 The Gambia Gambia, established in February 18, 1965, is located in western part of Africa. The capital of Gambia is called Banjul, the other major city are Serekunda, Brikama and Bakau which are the three biggest cities in Gambia. more.

The Gambia is the smallest country on the mainland of Africa but holds so much interesting culture and history! The flag is my favourite flag of all in Africa because of how cool and colourful it is! The country is built around the Gambia river which is even present on the flag and is almost completely surrounded by Senegal, with only the western part having a coast to the atlantic. The capital city is Banjul but it's actually only the fourth largest city in the country. The three bigger cities are Serrekunda, Brikama and Bakau. The history of this country is quite interesting, as it's completely surrounded by Senegal, which used to be a french colony whereas Gambia used to be an brittish colony, and the brittish got to colonize the areas surrounding the gambia river. It's quite interesting - darthvadern

The Contenders

11 Togo Togo, officially the Togolese Republic, is a country in West Africa bordered by Ghana to the west, Benin to the east and Burkina Faso to the north.

I like to call Ghana, Togo and Benin the "the square of three small countries (even though Ghana is very different from the other two countries)" and Togo is the smallest of them and the most dangerous. However it has the best flag of the three in my opinion. I think one of the most interesting aspects of Togo are the Aja people who live in south-east Benin along the coast. It is thought that voodoo originated from the Aja people and that gets quite interesting. Capital is Lomé and president is Faure Gnassingbe. This country holds so much interesting things about it - darthvadern

12 Benin

Benin is generally a flat country with interesting varieties in terms of landscape. Benin is located right below the sahel region, which is the the gateway between sahara and sub-sahara, and Benin gets a form of dry wind called the harmattan which pretty muh dries up the grass in the northern parts of Benin. This country also has at least 42 ethnic groups within the country and it gets quite complicated but very fascinating with the three largest groups being the Fon, Aja (not Aja from 3 Below) and the Yoruba. The Aja (as I said in Togo) are thought to be the origins of voodoo as well. Capital is Porto-Novo (which means new port in portugese, even though Benin was a french colony, but it had some historical ties with Portugal) and president is Patrice Talon. This country is similar to Togo but has tons of other interesting aspects as well - darthvadern

13 Democratic Republic of The Congo The Democratic Republic of the Congo, also known as DR Congo, DRC, DROC, Congo-Kinshasa, or simply the Congo is a country located in Central Africa.

The bigger and more known of the congo twin countries, but unfortuanely the way more dangerous and unfortunately one of the most dangerous countries in africa, is one interesting country. It's the second biggest country on the continent and overall largest in sub-saharan africa, in fact takes up a lot of central africa and has tons of resources and rainforests. The congo rainforest is the second biggest rainforest in the world as well behind the amazonas. It's definitely an interesting country - darthvadern

14 Cameroon

"Africa in miniature", the nickname for Cameroon. It's called so because you can pretty muh find all the different climates in this country, thanks to the narrow size. The south has a lot of forests and jungles and the further up you go the drier it becomes. In the far north you'll be in a desert! The variety is quite fascinating in my opinion. Capital is Yaoundé while biggest city is Douala, president is Paul Biya. The biggest mountain is Mount Cameroon which is also actually an active volcano that I am currently studying - darthvadern

15 Comoros The Comoros, officially the Union of the Comoros, is a sovereign archipelago island nation in the Indian Ocean located at the northern end of the Mozambique Channel off the eastern coast of Africa between northeastern Mozambique and northwestern Madagascar.

The least famous arab country. Barely any people know about Comoros or have even heard of it. They are the smallest and most southern country in the arab league and are the only arab flag besides Mauretania and Egypt (kinda) to have yellow on their flag. It's quite interesting because of this - darthvadern

16 Burkina Faso

This surely is a fascinating country. For starters the northern parts of the country are located in the sahel region making them quite dry whereas the further south you go the greener and lusher it gets until you get to the most southerm part of the country located in south-west where you get to a lush forest. There's a lot of red sand in the deserts giving Burkino Faso a more red look and a lot of people live in the countryside and not in the cities, making Burkino Faso one of the lesser urbanised countries in Africa. The biggest ethnic group in the country are the Mossi who are sometimes referred to as the cowboys of africa. Capital is Ouagadougu, and president I don't know yet - darthvadern

17 Ghana Ghana, officially called the Republic of Ghana, is a sovereign unitary presidential constitutional democracy, located along the Gulf of Guinea and Atlantic Ocean, in the subregion of West Africa.

The largest man-made land is located in Ghana. This is Lake Vlota, that was fed by the three rivers from Burkino Faso which are called Black, White and Red Volta. This lake is huge! It takes up four percent of the entire country and that's a lot for a man-made lake! Like a lot of western african countries the south is wetter and the north is drier. Ghana is also the second largest cocoa producer behind their western neighbour Ivory Coast (which I talked about on the Ivory Coast episode). Cocoa isn't the only product that they are the second biggest producer of in the world. They're actually the second biggest gold producer in the world too (behind South Africa), because of this Ghana used to be referred to as "the gold coast". Ghana was the first colony in Africa as well that declared independence, Ghana is also usually seen as one of the most democratic african countries. Capital is Accra and president is Nana Akufo-Addo - darthvadern

I heard they make some good tech. - DarkBoi-X

18 Liberia Liberia, officially the Republic of Liberia, is a country on the West African coast. Liberia means "Land of the Free" in Latin.

Liberia is interesting because it’s the only African country created by the USA - RawIsgore

19 Tanzania Tanzania, officially the United Republic of Tanzania or simply U.R.T, is a large country in Eastern Africa within the African Great Lakes region.

Lions, savannahs and zebras and stuff is usually what first comes to mind when I think of Tanzania. Tanzania is one of the bigger countries in Africa (although still very small when compared to (Algeria, D.R Congo, Sudan and Mali). There's tons of interesting aspects of this country even though I still don't know too much about it, but it will stay in the top ten. Capital is Dodoma and president is John Magufuli - darthvadern

20 Mali
21 Nigeria Nigeria, an African country on the Gulf of Guinea, has many natural landmarks and wildlife reserves. Protected areas such as Cross River National Park and Yankari National Park have waterfalls, dense rainforest, savanna and rare primate habitats. One of the most recognizable sites is Zuma Rock, a 725m-tall more.
22 South Sudan South Sudan, officially the Republic of South Sudan, is a landlocked country in northeastern Africa that gained its independence from Sudan in 2011. Its current capital is Juba, which is also its largest city.
23 Equatorial Guinea Equatorial Guinea, officially the Republic of Equatorial Guinea, is a country located in Central Africa, with an area of 28,000 square kilometres.

It's one of the least known african countries, despite being one of the most strict dictatorships in the world, currently ruled by Teodoro Obiang Nguema Mbasogo, who performed a coup d'etat agianst his uncle Fransisco Macías Nguema back in the 70s and it was quite brutal. Both are mad men and have been dubbed the worst dictators of Africa, and this is kinda what makes it so interesting in the first place in my opinion. It's also rich on oil - darthvadern

24 Sao Tome and Principe
25 Djibouti

Ethiopia's only acces to the sea, Djibouti may be last on the list but it has its interesting pros as well. It's one of the more stable countries on africa's horn as well, and it's planning on becoming the Dubai of the horn of africa I've heard as well. It is one of the more rich countries there as well, although that's not saying much..., not yet at least. - darthvadern

26 Algeria Algeria, officially People's Democratic Republic of Algeria, is a sovereign state in North Africa on the Mediterranean coast.

The biggest country on our list, biggest country in africa, and biggest francophone country is very cool. Located in the maghreb region, almost the entire country lies in the saharan desert except for the north to the coast which is more green, and that's where about 90% of the population lives. The rest is so sparsely populated. However there still live people there who have mastered living there. There's actually palm trees there that can grow, as there is water below the desert so it's not completely dry luckily. Oh and the berber people are very interesting in my opinion. They have quite an interesting culture and history in my opinion - darthvadern

27 Angola

Angola, one of the richer african countries, heck, Luanda, the capital city is said to be the most expensive city ever built, and it surely looks modern and interesting. Wanna know what's else interesting? The country itself. Ironically it's very low on the list, but whatever. Similar to Albania, despite being a coastal country it lacks a lot of islands of the coasts. The most interesting island is probably "Baia dos Tigres". It actually used to be a peninsula, but back in the 1970s the ocean completely destroyed it and cut the peninsula in half so that it became an island. Quite interesting - darthvadern

28 Botswana

The land of diamonds. It's pretty cool, as Botswana used to be one of the poorest countries in Africa back in the day. However once they started find diamonds, the economy was booming and it has made Botswana into one of the safest countries in Africa, and pherhaps the safest on the mainland (I think Mauritius is safer). It's in the top three most democratic african countries as well and has interesting history and stuff. Botswana deserves a mention on here - darthvadern

29 Central African Republic

Located almost in the center of africa, and being unfortunately one of the most dangerous countries in the world with tons of coup d'etats and wars, the CAR is also a gem of beauty in terms of interestment and otherwise. It's one of the most forested countries in Africa. There are so many different species of animals in the country and is a beauty behind all the wars and dangers. It's also interesting how a compass here won't work at all if you bring it with you. It will go all crazy. The reason is because. It has to do with the Bangui magnetic anomaly. Magnetic anomalies are areas in the world that have different magnetic variations of this country lies on the biggest one in africa and it's fascinating. What makes it more interesting is the fact that people still don't know why there is one in the CAR, and it's so fascinating - darthvadern

30 Guinea-Bissau

The least known country in the whole of Africa. The most interesting aspect awbout Guinea-Bissau would have to be the small archipelago off the coast of the country, the bijagos islands. They are so unique and different from the mainland of the country. A few of these islands are where the people used to bury their kings and queens and all of these islands have their own tourist towns and stuff. Yeah this is interesting - darthvadern

31 Malawi Malawi, officially the Republic of Malawi, is a landlocked country in southeast Africa that was formerly known as Nyasaland.
32 Madagascar Madagascar, officially the Republic of Madagascar, and previously known as the Malagasy Republic, is an island country in the Indian Ocean, off the coast of Southeast Africa.
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