Interesting Facts about Zimbabwe
Name: Republic of Zimbabwe
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
- 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.