48 Interesting Facts about Zimbabwe

Last updated on August 30th, 2017

10 Interesting facts about Victoria Falls

#25. One of the largest waterfalls in the world, Victoria Falls, is located on the Zambezi River. It is wider than a kilometer and has a height of more than one hundred meters.

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

#27. 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.

#28. Mosi-O-Tunya is the name given to the falls by the local tribe. It translates to ‘The smoke that thunders.’

#29. The waterfall was named after Queen Victoria by well-known explorer of Africa David Livingstone (1813-1873).

#30. The waterfall was discovered in 1855.

Interesting facts about Zimbabwe: View of Victoria falls
Interesting facts about Victoria Falls: View of Victoria falls. Photo Credit

#31. The waterfall started attracting tourists between 1905, when a railway to Bulawayo was constructed, and the 1960s when a guerilla struggle in Zimbabwe threatened visitors entering the country. However, after independence, the waterfall started attracting tourists in large numbers once again.

#32. The waterfall is now a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and the people from both countries – Zambia and Zimbabwe – are actively participating to develop tourism in the region.

#33. During floods, the water flow capacity can reach approximately half a million liters per minute.

#34. October and early November see the lowest level of water flow in the falls.

5 facts about hunger in Zimbabwe

#35. An estimated 4.1 million people are projected to be “food insecure” at the peak of the 2017 lean season.

#36. Chronic malnutrition causes 27% of children under the age of five to experience stunted growth (low height for their age).

#37. 76% of the country’s rural households live on less than $1.25 per day.

#38. Zimbabwe is ranked 156 out of 187 developing countries on the Global Hunger Index. It is a low-income and food-deficit country.

#39. Only 17.3% of Zimbabwean children between the ages of 6 and 23 months receive the recommended minimum diet for adequate nutrition.

#40. Cotton, tobacco, gold, ferroalloys and textiles/clothing comprise the major items that Zimbabwe exports.

#41. 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.

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

#43. The International Organization for Migration estimates that millions of Zimbabweans have left their home country in search of better living conditions and food security in other African countries.

#44. Many of its citizens are forced to survive on only a meal per day due to food shortage and crises.

#45. ‘Mount Inyangani,’ at 2,592 meters, is the highest point in the country.

#46. The capital Harare was formerly called Salisbury in 1890 in honor of the British Prime Minister Lord Salisbury.

#47. The country is void of any place that can properly be called desert. However, a few regions in the country are severely arid.

#48. The lowest point in Zimbabwe lies at the intersection of the Runde and Save Rivers at 531 ft. 

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