The Puzzle of Africa
This puzzle splits the African continent up into its 49 continental countries and Madagaskar. Can you piece it back together? Don't worry if you need a little bit of help on your first try? The 2-letter country codes are engraved on the back, so you can consult a map to help you arranging the countries.
Want a different continent? Email us at TheRabbitHole@printablegeography.com.
Sizes and Material
The puzzle comes in two sizes: Medium with dimensions of 34x34cm (13.3in) and Large at 64x64cm (25.1in). The country shapes are cut accurately out of a 3mm thick stiff acrylic plate. You chose the color of the material, all pieces are in the same color.
List of countries
With several territories in Africa being disputed or in transition, it is difficult to compile an accurate list of countries without (metaphorically) stepping on someones toes. There is also the problem of small countries resulting in tiny puzzle pieces. We did not include the small island nations (Cape Verde, Comoros, Mauritius). On the medium sized puzzle we joined Djibouti with Ethiopia and The Gambia with Senegal, but their 2-letter country code is still engraved on the back of the puzzle piece. We decided to include the entire territory of Western Sahara as a separate puzzle piece, in line with most current maps. South Sudan is included as a separate puzzle piece.
This is not a children's toy! There are small pieces in this puzzle and manufacturing can leave sharp edges.
To keep the price of this item low, we have it shipped directly from the workshop to your address. To further reduce shipping rates we have partner workshops in Europe (Germany) and the USA. For shipping addresses in North America, please order from our US workshop, otherwise from Europe. UPS Ground within the contiguous USA is $12. Note that we don't need to charge a sales tax, but your country's customs might impose a customs tax. If you are unsure about shipping details and prices, please contact us using the contact form at the top of this page. Depending on your location we might even be able to find a partner workshop in your country who can produce the puzzle for you.
You will receive the puzzle directly from our partner workshop (we thought you'd appreciate the cost savings this enables us to pass on to you). The puzzle will arrive in one plate covered with an adhesive backing. The puzzle pieces are not laid out in the correct arrangement but to maximize space usage. Simply peel off the adhesive backing and take all puzzle pieces out of the acrylic plate. The remaining acrylic frame can be discarded in your normal household waste.
Please contact us if you are interested in other geographical puzzles currently not offered on our website. We can make custom puzzles for all types of geographical areas from continents down to counties.
Puzzles are sold through our store on Ponoko.com. Prices do not include shipping. UPS Ground within the contiguous USA is $12. For non-US shipping addresses, we recommend you order from our European workshop. For shipping rates to Alaska and Hawaii, or international orders from our USA workshop, please contact us using the contact form at the top of this page.
Production time: 1-2 weeks. Don't forget to indicate your color choice when placing the order. If you do not submit a color choice, the puzzle will be produced in green.
If you are interested in other colors (i.e. Frosted Cherry) let us know, and we will do our best to make it happen.