South Africa’s entries in the records book include those for the first heart transplant, the tree with the deepest roots, and for climbing a mountain – while walking backwards.
Swaziland’s entries reflect just how much HIV/Aids has had an impact on the country; it also features a very young king.
Some of the top African intellectuals include Wole Soyinka, Mahmood Mamdani and Ali Mazrui. But the list is far from exhaustive.
Records from Africa in the Guinness Book of World Records include for the deadliest lake, the largest seed, the most aggressive butterfly, and the shortest title for an Oscar-nominated film
Zimbabwe’s records are a motley bunch, featuring everything from elephants, bees, a game of pick-up sticks, and a long-running diary