Where is Zimbabwe? 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 landlocked.
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
"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.
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
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
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
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.
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