How Many Nations in Southern Africa
Located in south part of Africa, Southern Africa is composed of 5 countries. Here is an alphabetical list of all countries in South Africa: Botswana, Lesotho, Namibia, Swaziland, and South Africa.
1. South Africa
South Africa, formally the Republic of South Africa, is a republic in Africa, the southernmost part of the African continent.
Botswana is a republic in southern Africa. The state has no coast and the country borders in the east to Zimbabwe, in the southwest and south to South Africa, in the west and in the north to Namibia. Before the independence from Great Britain, the country was very poor but today has a high growth rate and is a very peaceful country for the region.
Lesotho, formally the Kingdom of Lesotho, is a monarchy in southern Africa, an enclave to, and thus on all sides surrounded by, South Africa and one of the smallest countries in Africa.
Namibia, formally the Republic of Namibia, is a state in southwestern Africa on the Atlantic Ocean. The country borders Angola, Botswana, South Africa and Zambia. Along the coast are the Namib Desert and to the east the Kalahari Desert.
Swaziland, formally the Kingdom of Swaziland, is an absolute monarchy located in southern Africa. It is the region’s smallest state, lacks a coast and borders Mozambique in the east and South Africa in the north, west and south.
Countries in Southern Africa by Population and Their Capitals
As noted above, there are five independent countries in the Southern Africa. Among them, the largest country is South Africa and the smallest one is Swaziland in term of population. The full list of Southern African countries with capitals is shown in the table below, ranked by latest total population.
|Rank||Country||Population||Land Area (km²)||Capital|
|1||South Africa||57,725,600||1,214,470||Pretoria, Cape Town, Bloemfontein|
Map of South African Countries