18 Fun Facts About Zimbabwe
- Zimbabwe is a wildlife rich, landlocked country in Southern Africa.
- The name Zimbabwe is derived from the stone structures of Great Zimbabwe, an ancient ruined city built between 1100 and 1450 AD, which is now a UNESCO world heritage site – incredible!
- It is bordered by Zambia to the north, Mozambique to the east, South Africa to the south and Botswana to the west.
- The coordinates for Zimbabwe are 17.8333° S, 31.0500°
- The terrain here is mostly high plateau with mountains in the east. Perfect for exploring by 4×4 or foot!
- The total land area of Zimbabwe is 150,872 square miles (390,757 square kilometres).
- Zimbabwe’s population was 14.15 million in 2013.
- The capital is Harare which covers an area of 370.9 square miles (960.6 square kilometres) and has a population of 1.485 million (2012).
- The average life span here is 61.16 years (2016)
- Zimbabweans enjoy a tropical climate with a dry season with almost no rain whatsoever from April to October and a rainy season from November to March.
- Zimbabwe was actually under British rule from 1890 until 1965. It gained full independence in 1980.
- Zimbabwe has an incredible 16 official languages – more than any other country in the world! They are English, Chewa, Chibarwe, Kalanga, Koisan, Nambya, Ndau, Ndebele, Shangani, Shona, Sotho, Tonga, Tswana, Venda, Xhosa and sign language! Amazing!
- It’s also the only country to have 8 official currencies, none of which are exclusive to Zimbabwe! They are US Dollars, South African Rand, Botswanan Pula, British Pound Sterling, Australian Dollars, Chinese Yuan, Indian Rupees and Japanese Yen!
- These currencies recently replaced the Zimbabwean Dollar after the country experienced hyperinflation which saw the currency become worth less than a single sheet of toilet roll!
- As one of the leading African countries for safari tourism, it is possible to see leopards, lions, elephants, rhinos, buffalo and antelopes here, amongst many other majestical wild creatures.
- Zimbabwe grows cotton, corn, wheat and tobacco and rears cattle.
- Its industry consists of coal, gold, steel, cement, chemicals and wood products.
- This beautiful country also exports gold, tobacco, textiles, clothing and ferroalloys.
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