Afri-Caribbean World Records

Africa and the Caribbean have numerous world records across various categories. While I can’t provide the most up-to-date information beyond my knowledge cutoff in September 2021, I can certainly share some notable world records from these regions up until that time. Please note that records may have changed since then.


  • Africa:
  • Longest River: Did you know that the Nile River is the longest river in the world? It spans a distance of around 4,135 miles (6,650 kilometres) across north-eastern Africa.
Aerial of the Blue Nile gorge, Ethiopia, and the bridge crossing it.
  • Tallest Mountain: Mount Kilimanjaro in Tanzania is the tallest free-standing mountain in the world and the highest peak in Africa.

  • Largest Desert: The Sahara Desert is the world’s largest hot desert, covering much of North Africa.

  • Fastest Land Animal: The cheetah, native to Africa, holds the record for being the fastest land animal, capable of reaching speeds up to 75 miles per hour (121 kilometres per hour).

  • Most Languages Spoken: Africa is incredibly linguistically diverse, with some individuals able to speak and understand numerous languages. It’s challenging to pinpoint a specific record in this category due to the complexity of language distribution in the continent.


  • Caribbean:
  • Fastest 100-Meter Sprint: Usain Bolt from Jamaica holds the world record for the fastest 100-meter sprint, with a time of 9.58 seconds, set in 2009.

  • Oldest Human Inhabited Island: Aruba, a Caribbean island, has been continuously inhabited for thousands of years, making it one of the oldest human-settled islands in the Caribbean region.

  • Largest Carnival: Trinidad and Tobago host one of the largest and most famous Carnivals in the world, attracting participants and spectators from around the globe.

  • Longest Steel Pan Playing Session: The steel pan is a traditional Caribbean musical instrument. In 2015, a group of musicians in Trinidad and Tobago set a record by playing the steel pan continuously for over 50 hours.

  • Deepest Blue Hole: Dean’s Blue Hole in the Bahamas is the world’s deepest known underwater sinkhole, reaching a depth of more than 660 feet (200 meters).

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