Map Gallery of Africa


  1. General Reference Maps
  2. Thematic Maps
  3. Historic Map

1. General Reference Maps


Political Map of Africa

This political map of Africa is a good map to use in differentiating between the countries.  The use of different colors to indicate different counties is a good way to tell the difference between these countries.  Although the font is small, this map also points out the capitols of these countries.  The scale on this map is 1-67,000,000. 

Relief Map of Africa

This is a map of the geographical overviews of major boundaries, land forms, bodies of water and countries in Africa.  The colors of the map are used to show the different elevations throughout Africa.  The green colors represent lower areas of elevation while the brown colors represent the higher areas of elevation.

Physical Map of Africa

This map depicts the physical aspects of Africa’s landscape.  To the north you can tell by the light brown colors that there is a desert in that region.  To the middle and southern regions of Africa you will notice the dark green colors used to show the areas of agriculture and forestry.  These two areas are different compared to the north due to the easier access of water and fertile soil.

2. Thematic Maps


Percentage Children Underweight in Africa

This map shows the percentage of children underweight between the ages of 0-3 years of age.  This is a good map to use as it can show you which areas of Africa live in poverty.  The scale of colors is used to determine these different aspects of the countries. 

Colonies in Africa from 1890 to 1988

 This map shows the stages in which different countries had colonies in Africa.  It dates back to as far as 1890 and as recent as 1988.  This would be a good map to use to understand the different backgrounds of the different countries which lie in the areas that had foreign colonies.  The color scale is also a great tool used in this map as it makes it easy to tell which countries controlled which areas. 

Languages in Africa

This is a very colorful map which indicates the different languages used in Africa.  The Arabic language is most prominent in the north, while English is most prominent in the south.  This map shows that there are many different languages spoken in Africa.


Vegetation Map in Africa


This is a map that shows the vegetation in Africa.  It uses a scale of colors to determine the vegetation in each area.  The colors used to show the vegetation life in the areas works real well, the white and browns depict the dry areas and the green areas depict the areas which flourish in plant life. 

Topographical Map of Africa

This Topographical map of Africa gives a view from high up.  From this map you can notice all the different changes in landscape,  The southern region looks more rugged so you can tell there are higher elevations in that area then that of the elevation in the northern regions. 

Weather Maps

Climate Map of Africa



This map coordinates the regions of Africa with its respected climate.  The use of different colors helps to show each regions climate.  The northern parts of Africa have a Semi-Arid to Arid climate, due to the desert.  The middle regions have no dry season to short dry seasons.  This region receives the most moisture from lakes and rivers.  The southern region is mixture of forests and grasslands, their weather ranges from Arid to just dry winters.

Current African Weather

 This map shows the current temperatures in Africa.  It shows that Africa is taking in hot temperatures throughout the country.  It also shows that the middle of the country will experience the hottest temperatures as it is located on the equator.

3. Historic Map

Africa 1808

This is a historical map of Africa, which dates all the way back to 1808.  If you notice, the countries inside of Africa are very different compared to present day.  There are fewer countries and the majority of them are named something different on this map.  It is interesting to see the different names and boundaries of some countries as compared to what they are now.


Submitted by: Nathan Sawyer, Pat Kleine, & Andrew Pettinger

Last Updated on April 26, 2007

A selection of maps created for Geography 1000:  Fundamentals of World Regional Geography at the University of Nebraska at Omaha