chapter  6
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The emergence of the great river kingdoms

Nothing so accurately describes African geography or topography as the term “awesome.” As the Sahara is the largest desert in the world and the rainforest the second largest in the world, the rivers of Africa are enormous and powerful as they drain and replenish the continent. Africa is as much a river reality as it is a desert or savanna reality, in the sense that rivers provide food, homes, and transportation for millions of people on the continent. Africa can boast of two of the ten longest rivers in the world, with the Nile being the longest.