interesting facts about Zimbabwe

18 Fun Facts about Zimbabwe

Want to learn some fun facts about the countries of Africa and increase your chances of being the next pub quiz champion? Take a look at these 18 interesting facts about Zimbabwe!

  1. Zimbabwe is a wildlife rich, landlocked country in Southern Africa.
  2. 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!
  3. It is bordered by Zambia to the north, Mozambique to the east, South Africa to the south and Botswana to the west.
  4. The coordinates for Zimbabwe are 17.8333° S, 31.0500°
  5. The terrain here is mostly high plateau with mountains in the east. Perfect for exploring by 4×4 or foot!
Facts about Zimbabwe

Flag of Zimbabwe

  1. The total land area of Zimbabwe is 150,872 square miles (390,757 square kilometres).
  2. Zimbabwe’s population was 14.44 million in 2018.
  3. 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).
  4. The average life span here is 60.81 years (2017).
  5. 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.
  1. Zimbabwe was actually under British rule from 1890 until 1965. It gained full independence in 1980.
  2. 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!
  3. 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!
facts about Zimbabwe

Harare, Zimbabwe

  1. 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!
  2. 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.
  3. Zimbabwe grows cotton, corn, wheat and tobacco and rears cattle.
  4. Its industry consists of coal, gold, steel, cement, chemicals and wood products.
  5. This beautiful country also exports gold, tobacco, textiles, clothing and ferroalloys.

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