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RankParkCountryPark area (in square kilometres)
1Mudumu National ParkNamibia85,000
2Selous Game ReserveTanzania 55,000
3Central Kalahari Game ReserveBotswana52,000
4Namib-Nankluft Park Namibia49,768
5Kafue National ParkZambia22,400
6Etosha National ParkNamibia22,000
7Kruger National ParkSouth Africa20,000
8Luvushi Manda National ParkMalawi15,000
9Luvushi Manda National ParkTanzania14,763
10Hwange National ParkZimbabwe14,651
11Ruaha National ParkTanzania13,000
12Gemsbok National ParkBotswana12,800
13Chobe National ParkBotswana10,566
14South Luangwa National ParkZambia9,050
15Ngorongoro Conservation AreaTanzania8,288
16Lake Kariba Recreational ParkZimbabwe5,200
17Gonarezhou National ParkZimbabwe5,053
18Uwanda National Park Tanzania5,000
19North Luangwa National ParkZambia4,636
20Fish River Canyon National ParkNamibia4,347
21Nxai Pan National ParkBotswana4,000
22Makgadikgadi National ParkBostwana3,900
23Murchison Falls National ParkUganda3,885
24Kaudum Game ParkNamibia3,800
25Liuwa Plain National ParkZambia3,660
26Mkomazi National ParkTanzania3,600
27Mikumi National ParkTanzania3,230
28Nyika National ParkMalawi3,200
29Mweru Wantipa National ParkZambia3,134
30Moremi Game ReserveBotswana3,000
31Lower Zambezi National ParkZambia3,000
32Lukusuzi National ParkZambia2,720
33Tarangire National ParkTanzania2,600
34Khutse Game ReserveBotswana2,600
35Katavi National ParkTanzania2,253
36Mana Pools National ParkZimbabwe2,190
37Nsumbu National ParkZambia2,020
38Queen Elizabeth National ParkUganda2,000
39Kasungu National ParkMalawi2,000
40Chizarira National ParkZimbabwe1,910
41Nkhorakota Game RreserveMalawi1,802
42West Lunga National ParkZambia1,684
43Masai Mara National ReserveKenya1,672
44Skeleton Cost National Park Namibia1,600
45Mahale Mountains National ParkTanzania1,577
46Matusadona National ParkZimbabwe1,407
47Kidepo National ParkUganda1,334
48Mt. Elgon National ParkUganda1,145
49Udzungwa Mountains National ParkTanzania1,000
50Rwenzori Mountains National Park Uganda996

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Want to avoid coups and be a democracy in Africa? Then have big national parks!

by Charles Onyango-Obbo, Fri 10 Dec, 2010 (17:27 EST)
This is a mystery. The majority of the top 50 largest national parks are in Southern Africa. The rest are in East Africa.

Seems unusual that there are no large parks in West Africa and Central Africa, although they are some of the largest.

Even more intriguing, the countries that have Africa’s largest parks also have among the continent’s longest record of elective politics and democracy. In fact, of all big-park nations, only one, Uganda, has ever had a military coup.
This would suggest that there is some link between military rule, democracy, and national parks. I don’t see it, but it might be hidden somewhere.

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