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Zimbabwe

Interesting Facts about Zimbabwe

 

 

Name: Republic of Zimbabwe

Capital:Harare

Populations:The population of  Zimbabwe is 16,53 million

Languages:The National language of Zimbabwe is English,Shona, Chewa and Ndebele

Local Chitchat: Good Morning: Mangwanani (Shona) and Thank you: Tatenda (Shona)

Food: Zimbabwe’s staple food is maize.

  • Sadza: A stiff maize meal porridge eaten with meat or stew. Game meat: Including ostrich, warthog and crocodile tail.
  • Chibuku: is a home made beer.
  • Zambezi: is a local beer
  • Kapenta: small sardine dried from Lake Tanganyika
  • Sauteed Insects: Catapillars, mopane worms, flying ants, grasshoppers and cicadas
  • Biltong:a dried meat beef or game
  • Bota: Porridge flavoured with peanut butter, milk, butter or jam and traditionally eaten for breakfast.
  • Dovi: Traditional peanut butter stew with meat and/or vegetables.
  • Samp and beans:Maize kernels and beans
  • Freshwater fish: Bream, Salmon from Kafue, Zambezi and Luapula rivers and Nile perch.

Currency: United States Dollar or  South African Rand

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Must do’s:

  • Visit Victoria Falls
  • Visit Matobo National Park
  • Great Zimbabwe Ruins
  • Eastern Highlands
  • Helicopter flip over Victoria Falls
  • Sunset River cruise on the Zambezi
  • Lake Kariba
  • Mana Pools

Zimbabwe is a landlocked plateau country.

Zimbabwe have won a total of eight medals at the Olympic Games in two sports – hockey (1) and swimming (7).  At the 2004 Summer Olympics, in Athens, Greece, Coventry won three Olympic medals: a gold, a silver, and a bronze, while in the 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing she won four medals: a gold and three silver. A gold medal was won by the women’s national field hockey team in 1980.

Zimbabwe was once a very rich country.

Zimbabweans mostly call every kind of toothpaste “Colgate,” every soft drink “Coke,” every washing powder “Surf” and every floor polish “Cobra.”

The ‘mbira’, which is a small hand-held instrument, has been played for more than 1,000 years in Zimbabwe. This instrument is also commonly referred to as a ‘thumb piano.’

In terms of the land area, Zimbabwe is three times the size of  England

In Zimbabwe, divorce is a stigma. This does not mean that it is illegal in the country to divorce. However, it is only women who are allowed to get divorced, though it is very rare.

The noise of Victoria Falls can be heard from a distance of 40 kilometers.

✓ You can notice spray and mist from the falling water from a height of 400 meters, and it can be seen from a distance of 50 kilometers.

Zimbabwe has one of the highest literacy rates in Africa. 86.5% of its population is literate.

A hydroelectric power station was set up in 1950 on the Dam Kariba. The electricity from the power station is provided to both Zambia and Zimbabwe.

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.