Fun Facts about Zimbabwe
Zimbabwe is situated in Southern Africa between the Zambezi and Limpopo Rivers. It is a country rich in natural views and fascinating landscapes, including Victoria Falls, one of the Seven Natural Wonders of the world. The term “Zimbabwe” comes from the local Shona language meaning “a great house of stone.” Until 1980, Zimbabwe was known for political violence and economic instability but the country was able to bounce back, improving several sectors of the economy such as tourism. From a place of disaster and ruins to an impressive tourist destination, here are some of the fun facts about Zimbabwe.
- Victoria Falls, one of the biggest waterfalls in the world, is located in the country’s northwestern part of the Zambezi River
- The noise of the Victoria Falls can be heard as far as 40 kilometers away.
- Zimbabwe’s president, Robert Mugabe, is one of the oldest living heads of state still in office. He was born in 1924 and assumed the presidency in 1987.
- Lake Kariba, the largest man-made lake and reservoir in the world, is located in Zimbabwe next to the Zambian border.
- In Zimbabwe, men with large stomach are considered wealthy. A large stomach indicates that a person is financially stable and can afford to eat meat each day.
- Brand names do not matter in Zimbabwe. Every tooth paste is called “Colgate” and every soft drink is called “Coke.”
- Zimbabwe has 16 official languages, which is more than any other country.
- Ophir, the biblical land where King Solomon received precious items such as ivory and gold, is believed to be the present location of Zimbabwe.
- Zimbabwe is a young nation, as half the population is below 21 years of age.
- Zimbabwe is one of the smartest countries in Africa. About 90% of the population is educated.
- Customary marriages are potentially polygamous and are legal for black Zimbabweans only, and can only be dissolved by death and not divorce.
- Zimbabwe is a multi-currency nation. It abandoned its own currency, the Zimbabwean dollar, for foreign currencies, such as South Africa rand, US dollar, euro, and the Botswana pula.
- In Zimbabwe, you can buy an item priced in South African rands, pay in euros, and get a change in US dollars.
- It is illegal for the police to impound on a vehicle on the road. The police are only allowed to check a driver’s license.
- Zimbabwe has the lowest life expectancy in the world, with men living slightly longer than women at 37 and 34, years respectively.
- In Zimbabwe, there is a strong belief that mermaids exist, and they are often blamed for unfortunate events such as murder.
- Air Zimbabwe, one of the country’s airlines, does not have seat belt on all the seats, and passengers are forced to use the belt from their pants as a seat belt.
- If a girl asks to be taken out to an expensive place, you take her to the petrol station.
- At the peak of inflation in 2008, Zimbabwe issued 100 trillion dollars.
- In Zimbabwe, a wheelbarrow load of banknotes can buy only a loaf bread or tomatoes.
- Zimbabwe has won a total of only eight Olympic medals, one by the women's field hockey team and seven by Kirsty Coventry, a Zimbabwean swimmer.
- It is illegal to sell products bearing the colors of the Zimbabwean national flag.
- The national flag should never touch the ground and should be disposed of with dignity when torn.
- Amazulu FC, one or the prominent football clubs in Zimbabwe, was relegated from the Premier Soccer League (PSL) for not playing on a Saturday because the club owner was a Seventh-day Adventist.
- There can be random power outages in Zimbabwe lasting one hour to three days.
- Before the Zimbabwean national anthem was adopted, it was used as a school choir competition song.
- The criteria for voting in the 1979 elections in Zimbabwe were level of education, wealth, and income.
- Zimbabwe has the largest platinum and diamond reserves in the world.
- The law requires motorists to use headlights between 5:30PM and 05:30AM.
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