Zimbabwe is a landlocked country located in the southern part of the Dark Continent, Africa. The country is widely known for its diverse wildlife and magnificent landscapes.
The Victoria Falls on the Zambezi River is a major thrill among the tourists who visit Zimbabwe. Exotic birdlife, flora and fauna, highland mountains and flowing rivers remarkably boost the beauty of the country.
Get to know the following interesting facts and discover this country of Africa, Zimbabwe:
- The first people of the country were the Bantu-speaking Iron Age farmers that settled in the region around AD 300.
- Zimbabwe is bordered by South Africa to the south, Botswana to the southwest, Zambia to the northwest and Mozambique to the east.
- Zimbabwe’s former president – Robert Gabriel Mugabe – is one of the oldest and also the longest-serving leaders of a non-royal country in the world. He has served as the leader of Zimbabwe for the past 37 years.
- Victoria Falls, one of the world’s biggest and most spectacular waterfalls, is located in the country’s northwest as part of the Zambezi river.
- Zimbabwe abandoned its currency and is currently using others’. This happened after the massive inflation that hit the country in 2008. The country abandoned its currency and has been using the U.S. Dollar, the South African Rand, and the Botswana Pula since April 12, 2009.
- It is illegal in Zimbabwe for the police to impound your vehicle on the road. The only occasion when they can do so is when they ask you to produce your driver’s license.
- Zimbabwe is a landlocked plateau country.
- Zimbabwe was once a very rich country.
- As most men in the world try to shade their large tummies for flat ones, the opposite is true in Zimbabwe. Zimbabweans see pot bellies in men as a sign of success and wealth.
- One of the largest waterfalls in the world, Victoria Falls, is located on the Zambezi River. It is wider than a kilometre and has a height of more than one hundred meters. The noise of the Victoria Falls can be heard as far as 40 kilometres away.
- Amazingly, Zimbabwe has one of the highest literacy rates in Africa. 86.5% of its population is literate.
- Zimbabwe has 16 official languages; English, Chewa, Chibarwe, Kalanga, Koisan, Nambya, Ndau, Ndebele, Shangani, Shona, Sotho, Tonga, Tswana, Venda, Xhosa and sign language! This number is more than any other country in the world.
- In Zimbabwe, you can buy an item priced in South African rands, pay in euros, and get a change in US dollars.
- Lake Kariba, the largest man-made lake and reservoir in the world, is located in Zimbabwe next to the Zambian border.
- The country has abundant reserves of minerals, which attracted Cecil Rhodes, the founder of the trading company that led to the British colonization of Zimbabwe and after whom the country was first named.
- It is illegal to sell products bearing the colours of the Zimbabwean national flag.
- Traditional medicines and forms of treatment are still widely used in Zimbabwe. In fact, traditional healers, also called n’anga, are sought for their healing powers and religious counsel. They even have an association – Zimbabwe National Traditional Healer’s Association.
- Zimbabwe has the largest platinum and diamond reserves in the world.
- The law requires motorists to use headlights between 5:30PM and 05:30AM.
Author: Gesture Chidhanguro