Key Country Facts
Home to the mbira, or the thumb piano, a small handheld instrument played for over 1,000 years!
Harare, Chapungu Sculpture Park, National Gallery, Victoria Falls
Major exports: platinum, cotton, tobacco, gold, ferroalloys, textiles and clothing
The capital of Zimbabwe is Harare. There are approximately 14,546,961 people living here. There are 15 official languages. Shona and Ndebele are the most widely spoken, with English as the language of official business use. The thirteen official minority languages are: Chewa, Chibarwe, Kalanga, Koisan, Nambya, Ndau, Shangani, sign language, SeSotho, Setswana, Tonga, Tshivenda, and isiXhosa. The majority of the population practices protestant Christianity. The time zone is 6 hours ahead of EST.
When visiting, one cannot miss out on Victoria Falls! Located on the Western part of the country, Victoria Falls is twice as tall as Canada’s Niagara Falls and several times longer. In fact, it is home to the largest sheet of water for any waterfall in the world. Also of interest is the cultural and historical importance of in the country’s capital, Harare. When visiting, make sure to stop by the National Gallery, home to Shona soft-stone carvings and other ethnic art exhibitions. Also of interest is Chapungu Sculpture Park, home to a vast number of black serpentine stone carvings done by various Zimbabwean artists.
One fun fact about Zimbabwe is that it is native to the mbira, or the thumb piano, a small handheld instrument played for over 1,000 years!