Zimbabwe is a landlocked country in southern Africa known for its dramatic landscape and diverse wildlife, much of it within parks, reserves and safari areas. On the Zambezi River, Victoria Falls make a thundering 108m drop into narrow Batoka Gorge, where there’s white-water rafting and bungee-jumping. Downstream are Matusadona and Mana Pools national parks, home to hippos, rhinos and birdlife. The Inyanga and Udizi Mountains stretch along Zimbabwe’s eastern border with Mozambique, and the country’s highest and lowest points are both found there. Inyanga at 8,503 ft. (2,592 m) is Zimbabwe’s highest point; its lowest, the intersection of the Runde and Save Rivers at 531 ft. (162 m).The Mafungabusa plateau (or Veld) covers the majority of land, central and east; the average elevation here is near 4,500 ft. (1,371 m) The Matobo Hills and Chizarira Hills anchor that plateau, north and south. Major bodies of water include Lake Kariba and Victoria Falls both on the western border with Zambia. Victoria Falls, although neither the highest nor widest of waterfalls in the world, lays claim as the largest in the world based on a width of 5,604 ft. (1,708 m) and height of 354 ft. (108 m).Important river systems of Zimbabwe include the Zambezi, Limpopo, Runde and Save and their numerous tributaries. Additional landforms include escarpments (steep slopes) along the Zambezi River and deep river valleys within the central plateau. In addition, savanna grasslands cover the southern reaches, while evergreen forests are common central and east, especially in the mountain areas.
Key cities in Zimbabwe include Harare, Bulawayo, Chitungwiza, Mutare, Epworth, Gweru, Kwekwe, Kadoma, Masvingo, Chinhoyi,
Historical, Cultural facts & Religion
In the 1880s, the British arrived with Cecil Rhodes’ British South Africa Company. … In 1895 the BSAC adopted the name ‘Rhodesia’ for the territory of Zambia, in honor of Cecil Rhodes. In 1898, ‘Southern Rhodesia’ became the official denotation for the region south of the Zambezi, which later became Zimbabwe. Culture of Zimbabwe. Zimbabwe has many different cultures, which may include beliefs and ceremonies, one of them being Shona. Zimbabwe’s largest ethnic group is Shona. The Shona people have created many sculptures and carvings which are made with the finest materials available. Most Zimbabweans Christians are Protestants. The Protestant Christian churches with large membership are Anglican (represented by the Church of the Province of Central Africa), Seventh-day Adventist and Methodist. There are about one million Roman Catholics in the country (about 7% of the total population).
Brief Country History
As early as 200 B.C. the San people are believed to have first inhabited the country. Come to the Bantu domination and the Shona people came, followed by the Nguni and Zulu tribes. In the mid-19th century, the descendants of the Nguni and Zulu tribes called the Ndebele established their own kingdom in the country. In 1850, the British came and conquered the country making it their colony. They named the country Rhodesia after Cecil Rhodes of the British South Africa Company. Soon it became Southern Rhodesia and in 1923, the European settlers of the country voted to become a self-governing colony of the British. In 1963 after World War II, Northern Rhodesia (which is Zambia at present) and Nyasaland (now Malawi) voted for independence while Southern Rhodesia chose to still remain as a colony.
After 2 years, the white minority of Rhodesia declared the country’s independence from Britain and in 1970, Rhodesia formally became a republic. The white minority of Rhodesia lead by Ian Smith has continued to control the government and they have resisted the Black Africans’ demands which lead to chaos and war. In 1978, the White Minority agreed to transfer power to the Black Majority, though Smith will still act as the country’s Prime Minister. After 2 years, in the year 1980, the White Minority decided to hold a multiracial election to settle national issues. As expected, the Black Majority won by the name of Robert Mugabe who won a landslide victory. On April 17, 1980, the country celebrated its independence and changed its name to Zimbabwe.
Language (s) Written & Spoken
Zimbabwe has 16 official languages – namely as Chewa, Chibarwe, English, Kalanga, Koi-san, Nambya, Ndau, Ndebele, Shangani, Shona, Sign Language, Sotho, Tonga, Tswana, Venda and Xhosa. However, English, Shona and Ndebele are the most widely spoken languages in the country.
Important Types of Commerce in Zimbabwe
The nation’s economy comprises of the three main sectors of agriculture, industries, and services. The industrial sector is one of the most valuable sectors in the nation after contributing about 25.1% of the total gross domestic product (GDP) of $16.29 billion. Some of the major industries include the likes of mining, cement, clothing and footwear, wood products, and a few others. Agriculture is also a significant contributor with a contribution of around 20.3% of the total GDP.
Language Services US and others will provide working with Zimbabwe
People can move from one place to another due to various reasons. Therefore, interpreting is necessary to ease understanding in communication. Some of the reasons may be an adventure, fleeing wars, employment, business and many others. Business, law, education, research, engineering, manufacturing, medical and some of the many fields that require professional translation and interpretation services when doing business in Zimbabwe. Proper understanding and knowledge of the local terminologies used is highly essential for essential and quality language service. Chewa, Chibarwe, Kalanga, Koi-san, Nambya, Ndau, Ndebele, Shangani, Shona, Sign Language, Sotho, Tonga, Tswana, Venda and Xhosa are two major languages spoken in Zimbabwe. Industry doing business with Zimbabwe will require accurate and consistent Chewa, Chibarwe, Kalanga, Koi-san, Nambya, Ndau, Ndebele, Shangani, Shona, Sign Language, Sotho, Tonga, Tswana, Venda and Xhosa language services to grasp the wider market.
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