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Monday, April 30, 2018

Listen to Lies


Listen to Lies
African Folktale


Civet and Tortoise lost their friendship because they listen to lies tall tale story. When you listen to lies sour feelings hurt the character and reputation of others. Listen to lies is a sure way to wreck a true friendship.


Listen to Lies Tall Tale Story



The Tortoise and the Civet, although they lived in separate towns, had a good friendship. All the neighbors knew their kindness to one another, for they never refused to help one another in sickness and trouble.


One day the Civet heard that her friend the Tortoise had given birth to a child, so at once she got ready to pay the usual visit. On arriving at the crossroad leading to her friend's town, she met a Monkey, who asked her where she was going.


The Civet said, “I am going to visit my friend the Tortoise, who has given birth to a child." Monkey said, “Don’t you go, her child is very ill, and the doctor says that he must have the tip of your tail with which to make a charm to cure the child, and it will not be better until he has it. Of course, if you go it is your own affair."


When the Civet heard this, she became very angry at the insult, and returned at once to her own house. The Tortoise was very indignant at the neglect of her friend the Civet, because from the start of her illness she never received a visit from her. For a very long time they never visited each other.


By and by the Tortoise heard that her friend the Civet had given birth to a child. The Tortoise said, "Although the Civet never visited me, I will not treat her in the same way, for I will go to see her."
She started on her journey, and on reaching the crossroads, she met Monkey there, who asked her where she was going. On hearing, she was on the way to visit the Civet, Monkey said, "You are truly very stupid. The Civet's baby is very ill, and she has sent for the doctor who says he cannot possibly cure the child unless he has the shell of the Tortoise for a charm."


On hearing this, the Tortoise was dumbfounded and filled with fear, so she returned home at once. After a very long time the Civet and the Tortoise met at the funeral of a mutual friend, and they frowned at each other and would not speak. Towards the end of the funeral, the Civet and the Tortoise told the chief and the elders all about their former love for one another, and how the friendship had been broken by each hearing what the other wanted as a charm to cure her child.


The elders listened, admonished them and told them both how foolish they were. This restored the love they had for each other, and the elders told the Civet and the Tortoise that in future they were not to listen to any tales, but if one did hear anything against the other she was to go and ask her friend about it, and not keeps it in their heart. From that time, they remained true friends.



Did you know?

What is a Civet

The African Civet inhabits the savannahs and the forests of southern and central Africa. The African Civet is a mammal and has short, dense fur that is a greyish color, with black spots arranged in rows along their bodies. The color is black with white or yellowish spots, stripes, and bands. The long and coarse hair is thick on the tail.

Quotes African Proverb

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Sunday, April 29, 2018

Amaranth Plant


Amaranth


Amaranth plant is a broad-leafed, bushy plant that grows about six feet tall. Amaranth is a plant used in herbal remedies that is found in your garden or in the wild and may provide a unique traditional health benefit reducing blood pressure and cardiovascular disease. Amaranth plant is an important plant to the nutrition of Africa. 

Leaves and young plant stems are cooked as spinach and have a mild flavor and the seeds of the Amaranth plant are ground into flour. Amaranth produces a brightly colored flower that can contain up to 60,000 seeds. Also known as, Chinese spinach or callaloo in Caribbean cooking, amaranth is a green leafy vegetable and is widely grown across East, West and Southern Africa.

Cook and serve amaranth leaves in a similar way to spinach or Swiss chard - boiled, steamed or fried. They only need brief cooking. Cooked Amaranth plant leaves are eaten as vegetables, soups, stews and relishes.


Recipe


Simple amaranth recipe

Simple amaranth recipe 



Amaranth Plant


Ingredients
2 pounds amaranth, washed coarsely chopped
1 large onion, sliced
6 garlic cloves, sliced
1 chopped hot pepper
Salt ground black pepper to taste
Oil for sautéing


Directions
In a large skillet over high heat, when skillet starts to smoke add oil and onions. Cook for 3 minutes. Season with salt and pepper, add the garlic and hot pepper, cook 2 minutes more, and then add the amaranth in batches until it has completely collapsed.  Add water if too dry, and continue to cook about 15 minutes more.



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Saturday, April 28, 2018

Adinkra Symbols

Code Language

Code Language



Adinkra symbols are pictures that relate to the history, beliefs and philosophy of the Asante people. Adinkra symbols are well-known visual symbols that have a hidden meaning, deciphering Adinkra symbols is the same as reading a sentence as long as you know what is the symbols true meaning.

Dwennimmen ram's horns African Adinkra symbol of humility with strength
Dwennimmen ram's horns African Adinkra symbol of humility with strength

West African Adinkra symbols represent ideas, proverbs, expressions, attitudes and behavior depicted in simple drawn figure, think of it as a way of writing in code. African Code Language, African Adinkra symbols are visual symbols that represent the joining of spoken and pictorial language.



African Adinkra symbol Odenkyem is the crocodile symbolizing prudence and practicality

African Adinkra symbol Odenkyem is the crocodile symbolizing prudence and practicality.



African Adinkra symbol Nyame Nnwu Na Me Wu is a symbol meaning God never dies; so I shall not die indicating there is an afterlife.

Nyame Nnwu Na Me Wu African Adinkra symbol is a symbol meaning God never dies; so I shall not die indicating there is an afterlife.



African Adinkra symbol Fawohudie is important to Akan society symbolizing independence and freedom.

Fawohudie African Adinkra symbol is an important to Akan society symbolizing independence and freedom.




African Adinkra symbol Bese Saka is a container of cola nuts symbolizing abundance and affluence of agriculture and trade bring a community together.


Nyansapo is a African Adinkra symbol wisdom knot symbolizing wisdom, patience and learning.

Nyansapo is a African Adinkra symbol wisdom knot symbolizing wisdom, patience and learning.


Adinkra Symbols are signs that indicates, signifies, or is understood as representing an idea, object, or relationship.

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Friday, April 27, 2018

Brinjal Curry Andhra Style

Brinjal Curry Andhra Style

Brinjal Curry Andhra Style


Brinjal and Eggplant are two different words that refer to the same fruit. Brinjal is used in countless South African Indian food recipes. South Africans of Indian descent largely live in and around KwaZulu-Natal's’ city of Durban, South Africa with a population of over one million.

Brinjal Curry Eggplant Curry
Brinjal Curry Eggplant Curry


South African Indian food is widely known for its spicy and flavorful taste of curry. Brinjal Curry Andhra Style is a traditional vegetarian South African Indian recipe using a blend of Brinjal and eight spices.


Brinjal Curry Andhra Style



Ingredients
1  large eggplant, peeled and cut into dice size pieces
2 medium tomatoes, chopped
1 chopped hot pepper
2  tablespoons coconut oil
1  tablespoon chickpea flour
1/4  teaspoon turmeric powder
1/4 cup shredded coconut unsweetened
1 teaspoon ground ginger
2 teaspoon ground coriander
1 teaspoon ground cumin
Salt to taste
2 cups coconut milk


Directions
Heat coconut oil in a large sauté pan add spices and bloom for about 2 minutes careful not to burn. Add the eggplant and sauté stirring to coat it with the spicy coconut paste. Pour in the coconut milk, bring to a boil, then reduce the heat and simmer for 10 to 12 minutes. Serve warm as a side dish.



Beautiful Spice Blend
Beautiful Spice Blend
Did you know?
Many spices and spice blends will taste fuller and more complex if they are bloomed, or briefly cooked in oil.



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Thursday, April 26, 2018

Sardines Recipes

Sardines Recipes

Sardines Recipes



Fresh African Sardines Recipes


Sardines Recipes

Sardines Buyer's Guide

Sardines are best when cooked near where they are caught they do not travel well. Fresh sardines are very perishable and normal refrigerator temperatures of do not inhibit the enzymatic activity that causes them to spoil. They are available throughout the winter but are at their best in spring. If you are purchasing fresh sardines, look for ones that smell fresh, are firm to the touch, and have bright eyes and shiny skin.


How to Store Fresh Sardines

To store the fresh sardines, remove them from the store packaging, rinse them and place them in a plastic storage bag as soon as you bring them home from the market. Place in a large bowl and cover with ice cubes or ice packs to reduce the temperature of the fish.


How to Clean Sardines for Cooking

Fresh sardines are perfect for stews, grilling and barbecuing. Remove the scales by holding the fish under running water and brushing it from tail to head between your finger and thumb, and then cook until the skin is crisp and charred and the flesh comes away easily.


Sardines are usually sold whole, whether fresh, frozen or canned. Sardines are found throughout the entire coast of Southern Africa and sardine recipes in Africa are plentiful.


Grilled Sardines Recipe


Ingredients
4 butterflied sardines, tail on, head removed
1 bunch coriander, chopped
1 garlic clove, minced
1 teaspoon ground cumin
½ teaspoon ground paprika
1 hot chili pepper, chopped
Olive oil for mix and frying
Sea salt and pepper, to taste
Lemon juice, to taste


Directions
Heat a large frying pan add olive oil. Add all ingredients except fish to a food processor and pulse to make a coarse paste. Spread the paste generously on sardines and place in pan until the skin is crisp and the fish cooked through.


Sardines Recipes


Sardines Interesting Facts


The term sardine was first used in English during the early 15th century and may come from the Mediterranean island of Sardinia, where sardines were once abundant.

In South Africa, sardines are particularly abundant in upwelling regions because of high nutrient production that stimulates phytoplankton and zooplankton growth, which is the food source of these and other small pelagic fish.


Sardines are migratory species; they migrate to specialized grounds for spawning and migrate back to their usual grounds after spawning.


Each year during the May and July crowds of people gather on the KwaZulu-Natal coastline looking forward to billions of sardines appears for the Sardine Run. The Sardine Run in past years has been similar to the great wildebeest migrations on the Serengeti Plain of East Africa.


Sardines are schooling fish found swimming together in large groups. They do not have a certain method of communication except vibration in the water column can alert the other fish about what is happening during their schooling activity.



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Wednesday, April 25, 2018

Easy Cabbage Recipe

Easy Cabbage Recipe

South African easy cabbage recipe Umfino is a Healthy mixture of cabbage, maize meal or corn meal and brown rice cooked in one pot. Umfino is a creative traditional cabbage recipe meal that is inexpensive and easy to make.



Easy Cabbage Recipe

Umfino Vegetarian African Meal


African recipes by African Gourmet

Creative cabbage recipe of Umfino, a delicious traditional South African meal made of cornmeal, cabbage, spinach and onions cooked in one pot. Get new ideas for how to cook cabbage.


Umfino Easy South African Cabbage Recipe



Prep time: 20 min Cook time: 30 min Total time: 50 min

Ingredients
1 medium shredded cabbage
4 handfuls of spinach
2 chopped spring onions
3 cups vegetable broth
2 tablespoons butter
1 cup brown rice
1 cup corn meal
Salt and pepper to taste

Directions

In a large saucepan add vegetables, butter and broth, cook for 10 minutes. Add corn meal and rice stir well cook over low heat for 20 minutes, stirring occasionally, dish will be thick add broth if necessary. Serve warm.


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Tuesday, April 24, 2018

Pretend Kindness African-Folklore

Pretend Kindness African-Folklore

Much of African ancient-folklore has succumbed to lost memories of a culture. A desire to preserve, before African-Folklore is entirely forgotten, some of the traditional stories, is preserved not only in ancestral memory but also in writing. African-folklore has attracted much and deserved worldwide attention. Iniko’s pretend kindness African-Folklore is a story about Iniko who pretend kindness by being gluttonous and selfish.


Maize seeds
Pretend Kindness

Pretend Kindness African-Folklore




Nuru asked her husband Iniko to attend to the food on the fire while she went to fetch water. On her return, she found her husband skimming off the stew from the top of the pot. 


After he filled a calabash high with stew, he hid it inside the house.


Nuru did not let him know that she had seen him and went into the house, poured the stew her husband took from the pot back into the stew pot. She then returned the calabash to her husband secret hiding place.


At dinner, when Iniko, trusting in what he hid, said to his wife "give me only a little and let our children have plenty," she said to him "abdntsa ate bil- guro bigela gullemrni, father, don’t call spray spring!" 


He did not understand what this meant until he went to eat what he had put aside for himself, and then found the calabash empty.




Did you know?
If you dig deep enough you can find many truths in African folklore stories.

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Monday, April 23, 2018

Niger Africa



Niger is slightly less than twice the size of Texas
Niger

Niger


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Niger is a Northerly Western African landlocked country that is one of the hottest countries in the world. Niger Northern four-fifths is completely desert, the southern one-fifth is savanna used for livestock and agriculture.

Niger woman
Niger woman


The United Nations ranked Niger as the second least developed country in the world in 2016 because of food insecurity, lack of industry, high population growth, a weak educational sector, and few prospects for employment besides artisanal mining and  subsistence farming and herding.  The majority of the population in Niger is located in the southernmost extreme of the country along the border with Nigeria and Benin.


The US has a significant military presence in Niger to combat militants. Niger has become noted as a major transit route for migrants heading to Europe. Niger’s desert trade route town Agadez became a hub for West African and other sub-Saharan migrants crossing the Sahara to North Africa and sometimes onward to Europe. Niger is facing increased security concerns on its borders from various external threats including insecurity in Libya, spillover from the conflict in Mali, and violent extremism in northeastern Nigeria.


Niger has the highest total fertility rate of any country in the world, averaging close to seven children per woman in 2016. For more than half a century, Niger's lack of economic development has led to steady net outmigration. In the 1960s, Nigeriens mainly migrated to coastal West African countries to work on a seasonal basis. Some headed to Libya and Algeria in the 1970s to work in the booming oil industry until its decline in the 1980s. Since the 1990s, the principal destinations for Nigerien labor migrants have been West African countries, especially Burkina Faso and Cote d’Ivoire.


Niger has some of the world's largest uranium deposits. Niger has two significant uranium mines providing nearly 8 percent of world mining production from Africa highest-grade uranium ores. The main use of uranium in the private citizen sector is to fuel nuclear power plants. Uranium metal is very dense and heavy and is used by the military as shielding to protect Army tanks, and in bullets and missiles.


Did you know?
Niger is named for the Niger River that passes through the southwest of the country; from a native term Ni Gir meaning River Gir.

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Sunday, April 22, 2018

Africa Facts

80 Africa Geography Facts

Africa is the birthplace of humanity enormous in size and rich in historical geography. 80 geography facts about Africa, including bodies of water, area, elevation, climate, and location.


Facts About Countries of Africa



African Girl


Africa is the second largest continent covering nearly 1/5 of the total land surface on planet earth. The continent is surrounded on the west by the Atlantic Ocean, on the north by the Mediterranean Sea, on the east by the Red Sea and the Indian Ocean, and on the south by the circulating waters of the Atlantic and Indian oceans.


Africa measures about 5,000 miles or 8,000 km from north to south and about 4,600 miles or 7,400 km from east to west. The continent is cut almost equally in two by the Equator, so that most of Africa lies within the tropical region bounded on the north by the Tropic of Cancer and on the south by the Tropic of Capricorn. Because of the bulge formed by western Africa, the greater part of Africa’s territory lies north of the Equator. Africa is crossed from north to south by the prime meridian (0° longitude), which passes a short distance to the east of Accra, Ghana.



Geography Facts on 54 African Countries

African Country
African Geography Facts
Algeria
Largest country in Africa

Angola
The province of Cabinda is an exclave, separated from the rest of the country by the Democratic Republic of the Congo

Benin
Sandbanks create difficult access to a coast with no natural harbors, river mouths, or islands

Botswana
Landlocked; population concentrated in eastern part of the country

Burkina Faso
Landlocked savanna cut by the three principal rivers of the Black, Red, and White Voltas

Burundi
Landlocked; straddles crest of the Nile-Congo watershed; the Kagera, which drains into Lake Victoria, is the most remote headstream of the White Nile

Cabo Verde
Strategic location 500 km from west coast of Africa near major north-south sea routes; important communications station; important sea and air refueling site

Cameroon
Sometimes referred to as the hinge of Africa because of its central location on the continent and its position at the west-south juncture of the Gulf of Guinea; throughout the country there are areas of thermal springs and indications of current or prior volcanic activity; Mount Cameroon, the highest mountain in Sub-Saharan west Africa, is an active volcano

Central African Republic
Landlocked; almost the precise center of Africa.



Chad
Chad is the largest of Africa's 16 landlocked.  Not long ago - geologically speaking - what is today the Sahara was green savannah teeming with wildlife; during the African Humid Period, roughly 11,000 to 5,000 years ago, a vibrant animal community, including elephants, giraffes, hippos, and antelope lived there; the last remnant of the "Green Sahara" exists in the Lakes of Ounianga (oo-nee-ahn-ga) in northern Chad, a series of 18 interconnected freshwater, saline, and hypersaline lakes now protected as a World Heritage site.
Lake Chad, the most significant water body in the Sahel, is a remnant of a former inland sea, paleolake Mega-Chad; at its greatest extent, sometime before 5000 B.C., Lake Mega-Chad was the largest of four Saharan paleolakes that existed during the African Humid Period; it covered an area of about 400,000 sq km (150,000 sq mi), roughly the size of today's Caspian Sea countries.

Comoros
Important location at northern end of Mozambique Channel

Congo, Democratic Republic of the
DRC is the second largest country in Africa after Algeria and largest country in Sub-Saharan Africa; straddles the equator; dense tropical rainforest in central river basin and eastern highlands; the narrow strip of land that controls the lower Congo River is the DRC's only outlet to the South Atlantic Ocean. Because of its speed, cataracts, rapids, and turbulence the Congo River, most of which flows through the DRC, has never been accurately measured along much of its length; nonetheless, it is conceded to be the deepest river in the world; estimates of its greatest depth vary between 220 and 250 meters.

Congo, Republic of the
About 70% of the population lives in Brazzaville, Pointe-Noire, or along the railroad between.

Cote d'Ivoire
Most of the inhabitants live along the sandy coastal region; apart from the capital area, the forested interior is sparsely populated.

Djibouti
Strategic location near world's busiest shipping lanes and close to Arabian oil fields; terminus of rail traffic into Ethiopia; mostly wasteland; Lac Assal (Lake Assal) is the lowest point in Africa and the saltiest lake in the world.

Egypt
Controls Sinai Peninsula, only land bridge between Africa and remainder of Eastern Hemisphere; controls Suez Canal, a sea link between Indian Ocean and Mediterranean Sea; size, and juxtaposition to Israel, establish its major role in Middle Eastern geopolitics; dependence on upstream neighbors; dominance of Nile basin issues; prone to influxes of refugees from Sudan and the Palestinian territories

Equatorial Guinea
Insular and continental regions widely separated

Eritrea
Strategic geopolitical position along world's busiest shipping lanes; Eritrea retained the entire coastline of Ethiopia along the Red Sea upon de jure independence from Ethiopia on 24 May 1993

Ethiopia
Landlocked - entire coastline along the Red Sea was lost with the de jure independence of Eritrea on 24 May 1993; Ethiopia is, therefore, the most populous landlocked country in the world; the Blue Nile, the chief headstream of the Nile by water volume, rises in t'ana Hayk (Lake Tana) in northwest Ethiopia; three major crops are believed to have originated in Ethiopia: coffee, grain sorghum, and castor bean.

Gabon
A small population and oil and mineral reserves have helped Gabon become one of Africa's wealthier countries; in general, these circumstances have allowed the country to maintain and conserve its pristine rain forest and rich biodiversity

Gambia, The
Almost an enclave of Senegal; smallest country on the African mainland

Ghana
Lake Volta is the world's largest artificial lake (manmade reservoir) by surface area (8,482 sq km; 3,275 sq mi); the lake was created following the completion of the Akosombo Dam in 1965, which holds back the White Volta and Black Volta Rivers

Guinea-Bissau
This small country is swampy along its western coast and low-lying inland

Guinea
The Niger and its important tributary the Milo River have their sources in the Guinean highlands

Kenya
The Kenyan Highlands comprise one of the most successful agricultural production regions in Africa; glaciers are found on Mount Kenya, Africa's second highest peak; unique physiography supports abundant and varied wildlife of scientific and economic value.


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Lesotho
Landlocked, completely surrounded by South Africa; mountainous, more than 80% of the country is 1,800 m above sea level

Liberia
Facing the Atlantic Ocean, the coastline is characterized by lagoons, mangrove swamps, and river-deposited sandbars; the inland grassy plateau supports limited agriculture

Libya
More than 90% of the African country of Libya is desert or semi desert

Madagascar
World's fourth-largest island; strategic location along Mozambique Channel; despite Madagascar’s close proximity to the African continent, ocean currents isolate the island resulting in high rates of endemic plant and animal species

Malawi
Landlocked; Lake Nyasa, some 580 km long, is the country's most prominent physical feature; it contains more fish species than any other lake on earth

Mali
Landlocked; divided into three natural zones: the southern, cultivated Sudanese; the central, semiarid Sahelian; and the northern, arid Saharan

Mauritania
Mauritania is considered both a part of North Africa's Maghreb region and West Africa's Sahel region; most of the population is concentrated in the cities of Nouakchott and Nouadhibou and along the Senegal River in the southern part of the country

Mauritius
The main island, from which the country derives its name, is of volcanic origin and is almost entirely surrounded by coral reefs; former home of the dodo, a large flightless bird related to pigeons, driven to extinction by the end of the 17th century through a combination of hunting and the introduction of predatory species

Morocco
Strategic location along Strait of Gibraltar; the only African nation to have both Atlantic and Mediterranean coastlines

Mozambique
The Zambezi River flows through the north-central and most fertile part of the country

Namibia
First country in the world to incorporate the protection of the environment into its constitution; some 14% of the land is protected, including virtually the entire Namib Desert coastal strip

Nigeria
The Niger River enters the country in the northwest and flows southward through tropical rain forests and swamps to its delta in the Gulf of Guinea

Niger
Landlocked; one of the hottest countries in the world; northern four-fifths is desert, southern one-fifth is savanna, suitable for livestock and limited agriculture

Rwanda
Landlocked; most of the country is savanna grassland with the population predominantly rural

Sao Tome and Principe
The smallest country in Africa; the two main islands form part of a chain of extinct volcanoes and both are mountainous

Senegal
Westernmost country on the African continent; The Gambia is almost an enclave within Senegal

Seychelles
Smallest African country; the constitution of the Republic of Seychelles lists 155 islands: 42 granitic and 113 coralline; by far the largest island is Mahe, which is home to about 90% of the population and the site of the capital city of Victoria

Sierra Leone
Rainfall along the coast can reach 495 cm (195 inches) a year, making it one of the wettest places along coastal, western Africa.

Somalia
Strategic location on Horn of Africa along southern approaches to Bab el Mandeb and route through Red Sea and Suez Canal

South Africa
South Africa completely surrounds Lesotho and almost completely surrounds Swaziland.

South Sudan
Landlocked; The Sudd is a vast swamp in South Sudan, formed by the White Nile, comprising more than 15% of the country's total area; it is one of the world's largest wetlands

Sudan
The Nile is Sudan's primary water source; its major tributaries, the White Nile and the Blue Nile, meet at Khartoum to form the River Nile which flows northward through Egypt to the Mediterranean Sea

Swaziland
Landlocked; almost completely surrounded by South Africa

Tanzania
Kilimanjaro is the highest point in Africa and one of only two mountains on the continent that has glaciers (the other is Mount Kenya); bordered by three of the largest lakes on the continent: Lake Victoria (the world's second-largest freshwater lake) in the north, Lake Tanganyika (the world's second deepest) in the west, and Lake Nyasa (Lake Malawi) in the southwest

Togo
The country's length allows it to stretch through six distinct geographic regions; climate varies from tropical to savanna

Tunisia
Strategic location in central Mediterranean; Malta and Tunisia are discussing the commercial exploitation of the continental shelf between their countries, particularly for oil exploration

Uganda
Landlocked; fertile, well-watered country with many lakes and rivers

Zambia
Landlocked; the Zambezi forms a natural riverine boundary with Zimbabwe; Lake Kariba on the Zambia-Zimbabwe border forms the world's largest reservoir by volume (180 cu km; 43 cu mi)

Zimbabwe
Landlocked; the Zambezi forms a natural riverine boundary with Zambia; in full flood (February-April) the massive Victoria Falls on the river forms the world's largest curtain of falling water; Lake Kariba on the Zambia-Zimbabwe border forms the world's largest reservoir by volume (180 cu km; 43 cu mi)




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