A land of giraffes, elephants, zebras and lions, all of our favorite images of Africa, Zimbabwe consists primarily of an elevated central plateau and great natural beauty. But Zimbabwe has striven for decades to find its feet politically and economically. This century, it has struggled with hyperinflation. Once known as Rhodesia, Zimbabwe is home to the famous Victoria Falls, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The falls are known locally as ‘the smoke that thunders’.

Zimbabwe Videos: This is a wonderful 3-minute video showcasing the wildlife of Zimbabwe. Here is a beautiful 1-minute video of the famous Victoria Falls.

FunFacts about Zimbabwe: (Source)

  • Basic information, quote: Zimbabwe, officially the Republic of Zimbabwe, is a landlocked country located in southern Africa, between the Zambezi and Limpopo Rivers, bordered by South Africa, Botswana, Zambia and Mozambique. The capital and largest city is Harare and the second largest being Bulawayo. A country of roughly 16 million people, Zimbabwe has 16 official languages, with English, Shona, and Ndebele the most commonly used. (Source)
  • Zimbabwe is a landlocked country.
  • Shona is one of the more widely spoken Bantu languages of Zimbabwe. English is the main language used in the education and judiciary systems. The Bantu languages Shona and Ndebele are the principal indigenous languages of Zimbabwe.
  • Since the 11th century, Zimbabwe has been part of several organized states and kingdoms.
  • Zimbabwe has been a major route for migration and trade.
  • Zimbabwe was once known as the “Jewel of Africa” for its prosperity.
  • Prior to becoming Zimbabwe officially in 1980, this country was known as Rhodesia. Fifteen years of civil war marked the transition.
  • For four controversial decades, Robert Mugabe dominated Zimbabwe politics. His governance was blighted by human rights violations. He was ousted by a coup in 2017.
  • The name ‘Zimbabwe’ comes from a Shona term for ‘Great Zimbabwe’ which is an ancient ruined city in the country’s south-east. These ruins are a protected site.
  • Human settlement in Zimbabwe began 100,000 years ago. Early inhabitants were probably San people, who left behind arrowheads and cave paintings.
  • Zimbabwe’s geography, quote: Most of the country is elevated, consisting of a central plateau (high veld) stretching from the southwest northwards with altitudes between 1,000 and 1,600 m. The country’s extreme east is mountainous, this area being known as the Eastern Highlands, with Mount Nyangani as the highest point at 2,592 m. (Source)
  • Victoria Falls, one of the world’s most spectacular waterfalls, is located in the northwest of Zimbabwe and is part of the Zambezi River.
  • Much of Zimbabwe has a tropical climate while the Eastern Highlands have cooler temperatures and increased rainfall.
  • Except for the highlands, most of the country is savannah.
  • Large parts of Zimbabwe were once covered in forest, but have suffered from deforestation because of urban expansion and the need for fuel.
  • Minerals, gold and agriculture are Zimbabwe’s main exports. Tourism is an important component as well.
  • This century has been characterized by economic decline due to corruption, inflation and issues that involve land redistribution.
  • Victoria Falls is a huge tourist attraction, but instability in the country early in the century has sent the tourist trade to Zambia, which shares the falls.
  • By mid-2007, an estimated 3.4 million people fled Zimbabwe because of the conditions in the country. That’s a quarter of its total population.
  • At 90%, Zimbabwe has the highest adult literacy rate in Africa.

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Harare, Zimbabwe, March 15 2015. Deposit Photos

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25 thoughts on “Zimbabwe

  1. I like the photos of the birds with their round nests. Victoria Falls looks amazing in photos and would be nice to see in person to experience the size.

  2. I enjoyed watching the videos. Love the beautiful pictures especially the ones with the waterfall in them. I have heard of Victoria falls but didn’t know where they were which now I do.

  3. Never been to Africa. Never actually had a desire to go with so many other places to have on my wish list. All the different animals interest me. Thus why I go to zoos so much. As always you have so many beautiful pictures and so much information and facts. Things I had no idea about till reading. Thank you for sharing.

  4. I’ve wanted to go to Africa ever since I watched Sheena with Tanya Roberts. LOL And I had no idea that Zimbabwe was on a plateau.

  5. Here at Disney World we have Animal Kingdom and we spent time there yesterday and again today with our daughter and her family.

  6. Enjoyed both videos. The Victoria Falls is just beautiful and the ones with the rainbows-magnificent! Enjoyed seeing all the animals too, nice to see one place still not touched by man yet.

  7. It’s a very pretty Countryside. Of course Victoria Falls is sensational. But I don’t think I would want to visit there because of political unrest.

  8. Having seen the animals at the San Diego Zoo and the Safari Park, I don’t feel a need to go on a photo safari. However, I would travel to Zimbabwe to witness Victoria Falls.

  9. I have never traveled to Africa and although the pictures are beautiful, it is not on my bucket list. I would have said that the waterfall pictures were my favorite but I thought the bird half way in the nest was cute.

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