Map showing the approximate distribution of Bantu (light brown) vs. other Niger-Congo
languages and peoples (medium brown).
Bantu is a general term for over 400 different ethnic groups in Africa, from Cameroon to South Africa, that have a common language family (the Bantu languages) and in many cases common customs.
Early Iron Age findings in eastern and southern Africa
- J. Desmond Clark, The Prehistory of Africa, Thames and Hudson, 1970
- April A. Gordon and Donald L. Gordon, Understanding Contemporary Africa, Lynne Riener, London, 1996
- Kevin Shillington, History of Africa, St. Martin's Press, New York, 1995 (1989)