Facts On Zimbabwe
Interesting Facts on Zimbabwe...
Zimbabwe is set in south-central Africa,
between two of the well known African rivers the Limpopo and the mighty
Zimbabwe’s western most corner thrusts into the Caprivi Strip where it
meets the borders of Namibia, Angola, Botswana and Zambia.
Bounded by Zambia in the north and north-west,
Mozambique in the east, South Africa in the south, and Botswana in the
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has a magic.......
Zimbabwe has a magic that has puzzled
people for centuries, many of them famous, like David Livingstone the explorer, they felt
compelled to come back again and again, each time the love becoming deeper than
As sunny as their magical land, studded with granite hills, green and
fertile plains, high moorlands and craggy, forest-topped mountains, rolling
savannah and flowing rivers.
The people from Zimbabwe seem to be from a bygone
era - an era that one sometimes yearns for. A simpler life, yet a bigger life and
a life not engrossed with modern day complications.
land of Ophir...........
Rich in fable, too, Zimbabwe is the
legendary land of Ophir, the ancient country that enriched the kingdoms of
Hiram, Solomon, and Sheba with gold and ivory thousands of years ago.
Certainly in the first millennium AD,
long before Livingstone’s
discovery, the lower
Zambezi was a highway for Arab
trade and later for the Portuguese. Like him, these early traders discovered a
land blessed with one of the most idyllic climates in the world.
Facts on Zimbabwe
Location: Southern Africa, between South
Africa and Zambia
Geographic coordinates: 20 00 S, 30 00 E
Map references: Africa
total: 390,580 sq km
land: 386,670 sq km
water: 3,910 sq km
Area - comparative: slightly larger than
total: 3,066 km
border countries: Botswana 813 km, Mozambique 1,231 km, South
Africa 225 km, Zambia 797 km
Climate: tropical; moderated by altitude;
rainy season (November to March)
Terrain: mostly high plateau with higher
central plateau (high veld); mountains in east
lowest point: junction of the Runde and Save rivers 162 m
highest point: Inyangani 2,592 m
Natural resources: coal, chromium ore,
asbestos, gold, nickel, copper, iron ore, vanadium, lithium, tin,
platinum group metals
Geography - note: landlocked
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Zimbabwe lies between the Limpopo and
rivers in south central Africa. It is bounded by Zambia (797km) in the
north and northwest, by South Africa (225km) in the south by
Mozambique(1 231km) in the east and north-east, and by Botswana
(813km)in the south-west. It has no coastline and is totally
Zimbabwe Independence Day...
Zimbabwe Independence Day 18th April
1980The Lancaster House
Agreement, signed on 21st December 1979 by the leaders of the
Patriotic Front ( Mugabe and Nkomo) and Muzorewa and British
governments, called for a ceasefire, the drafting of a new constitution,
and free universal elections within six months.....
Zimbabwe Culture is rich and diverse. The
History of Zimbabwe dates back to the Khoisan people more than 5000
years ago. However these people were absorbed or displaced by the Xhosa
and Zulu people. In the early 19th century an off shoot of the Zulus
Mzilikazi formed the
Matabele Nation in the south and west of Zimbabwe......Read
The History of Zimbabwe is intriguing even to this very day. Across
Zimbabwe are rock paintings, or “Bushman” paintings, that date back more
than 5,000 years. Stone Age hunters, related to the Khoisan people,
created the paintings. The Khoisan, or Khoe-San is the name for two
major ethnic groups of Southern Africa...Read
One of the earliest known Zimbabwe Traditions is
the use of Totems, or Mitupo, by the
Mashona to identify the different clans that made up the
ancient civilizations of the dynasties.
The symbols are usually associated with animal names and
provide the social identity of the clan. They are also meant to guard
against incestuous behaviour and to praise someone in recited poetry...
Traditional Zimbabwe Religion has a
monotheistic faith rooted in the belief in one supreme creator.....
Like many African communities, traditional
Zimbabwe Religion has a firm monotheistic faith rooted in the belief in
one supreme creator. Today this has been melded with the Christian
message into the syncretic faith – part Christian, part tradition –
that is followed by at least fifty per cent of the people.....Read
African mythology of the local Tonga tribe of the
Valley states that Nyaminyami the River God who lives in Lake
Kariba is believed to be a serpent-like creature. He is said to be about
three metres wide, but nobody dares to guess at his length.....Read
These carvings, in a variety of
different stones, are made by the Shona people of Zimbabwe for
whom stone carving is not a traditional craft. Started experimentally
about 35 years ago it is now widely recognized as one of the most
significant art movements to have evolved in recent times.....Read
Zimbabwe with its diverse landscape is home to some of Africa's
largest game reserves but reports say several species such as impala,
warthog, kudu and wildebeest are at risk from rampant poaching by people struggling with hunger and rising poverty and from cross-border trophy
hunters.... Read more
The Map of Zimbabwe shows the
surrounding countries with international borders, provinces boundaries,
the national capital Harare, provinces capitals, major cities, main
roads, railroads and airports.
Flag of Zimbabwe...
The Zimbabwe flag consists of seven horizontal bands
in the national colours ; Black, Yellow, Red and Green. Find out what
these colours represent
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