Zimbabwe, officially known as the Republic of Zimbabwe, gained its independence from Great Britain in 1980. Located in the southern portion of Africa, Zimbabwe is situated between the Limpopo and Zambezi Rivers and is completely landlocked. Zimbabwe is home to about 13 million people, 16 official languages and is ethnically diverse. As if that were not enough to pique your interest, read on to learn four fun facts about Zimbabwe.
Part of the Zambezi River, Victoria Falls -- also known as Mosi-oa-Tunya in the traditional Tonga language which translates to smoke that thunders -- is situated within the country's northwestern area and forms a border with the country of Zambia. Victoria Falls is 108 metres (354 feet) high and 1,708 metres (5,604 feet) wide making it the site of the largest sheet of water that is falling anywhere in the world. The site is easy to reach via either train or bus.
Previously known as Wankie Game Reserve, Hwange National Park is situated midway between Victoria Falls and Bulawayo along the main road that traverses Zimbabwe. Located close to the Kalahari desert, the Hwange National Park is home to more than 400 species of birds and over 100 animal species. Encompassing 14,651 km, Hwange National Park is Zimbabwe's largest game reserve and comprises multiple archeological sites, camp areas and other places to see the wonders that make up Zimbabwe.
A Unesco World Heritage Site, Matobo National Park -- also known as the Matopos -- is replete with stunning natural granite structures. These balancing rocks seem to magically be able to remain upright even as they seem to defy the laws of gravity. World's View is a stunning area that provides breathtaking 360-degree panoramic views of the entire park. Also known as Malindidzimu Hill, a colonizer of Zimbabwe -- which used to be called Rhodesia -- Carl Rhodes is also buried there.
Nyanga National Park is both secluded in nature and breathtakingly scenic. Located just 100 km from Bvumba, Nyanga National Park is home to the second highest waterfall in Africa and also affords visitors spectacular views across the Honde Valley and into neighboring Mozambique. Mutarazi Falls, measuring 762 metres high, is the highest waterfall in Zimbabwe and the second in all of Africa.
The above four fun facts about Zimbabwe only give you a small sampling of the wonders that await you in the beautiful country. Friendly and personable, Zimbabwe's residents are welcoming to newcomers and are eager to share their beautiful country.