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Where is Zimbabwe?

Zimbabwe is found on the continent of Africa.....

Map of Africa

"Map of Africa"

Where is Zimbabwe?     Zimbabwe lies between the Limpopo and Zambezi 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 landlocked.

 North of the Tropic of Capricorn...

The country, part of the great plateau that is a major feature of the geography of southern Africa, lies at 20 00south, 30 00east, wholly to the north of the Tropic of Capricorn.  Zimbabwe covers a total area of 390 580 sq km or 150 674 square miles.

Zimbabwe is roughly three times the size of England or slightly larger that Montana.  

Map of Zimbabwe

"Map of Zimbabwe"

The terrain of mostly high plateau with higher central plateau (high veld) mountains in the east of the country.  The lowest point is the junction of the Runde and Save rivers at 162m and the highest is Mount Inyangai at 2 592m.

 It has a wonderful tropical climate, moderated by altitude.  The rainy season is November to March.

 

Many natural resources including gold... 

The natural resources in Zimbabwe are vast and these include coal, gold chromium ore, asbestos, nickel, copper, iron ore, vanadium, lithium, tin, platinum group of metals.

Where is Zimbabwe and what can be found in this wonderful country? 

Vicoria Falls

"Victoria Falls"

Kariba Dam wall

"Kariba Dam Wall"

Home - To One of the  Seven Natural Wonders of the World .....

Victoria Falls is one of the seven wonders of the world, stretching 1.7 kilometres wide and shared by the countries of Zambia and Zimbabwe. The falls are formed as the full width of the Zambezi river plummets into a 108 metre high cleft. During the wet season, the spray from the falls can be seen nearly 50 kilometres away, hence the name Mosi-oa-Tunya (the ‘Smoke that Thunders’).

The falls drop into a deep, narrow chasm, which is connected to a long series of gorges. This unique form allows the falls to be viewed face-on 60 metres away from the opposite side of the gorges.

 

Home - To Lake Kariba A Man Made  Lake spread over more that 5 000sq km...

Before 1950 when Lake Kariba was built, Zimbabwe had no great body of water.  Not in its Savannah plains, filled with elephant and lion.

Nor any in its sweltering, humid lowlands and none on the fertile highveld soils that covered the staggering mineral riches buried deep beneath.  Among its craggy peaks and hidden valleys were only thundering, cascading falls and streams.

 Water was there in abundance but no lake or sea,  Indeed there was the mighty Zambezi river which probed the rock faults and fissures of its ancient bed it carved out eight successive precipices to form one of the greatest physical spectacles in Africa - The Victoria Falls.

So during the 1950, upstream from a deep gorge, half a kilometre wide, in the north-east corner of the Zambezi Valley, many hundred toiled and eighty-seven died to build the Kariba dam.  Now, where once there was only a narrow river gorge, the cool waters of a new great African lake spread out over more than 5 000 square kilometres of once parched earth.

Lake Kariba stretching almost 300 kilometres from south-west to north-east and more than forty kilometres across its widest north-south axis was the final brush stoke that transformed Zimbabwe into a land of incredible beauty.

 

To read more about Kariba and the myth of Nyami Nyami the river god of the Zambezi River.

 



 

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