Which country is Zimbabwe in?
Zimbabwe is located in the south of Africa. It is a landlocked country, so there is no access to the sea. The country is about 390,000 km2 in size – about the size of Germany and Belgium combined.
It is bordered by Zambia to the northwest, Botswana to the west and southwest, Mozambique to the east and northeast. South Africa is located in the south. The South African border is formed by the Limpopo River. The Zambezi River borders Zambia to the north and also represents the northern border of the country.
What is the situation in Zimbabwe?
Most of the country is occupied by a plateau in the middle, the Highveld. Veld refers to a flat landscape with grass and bushes in the south of Africa. In Zimbabwe, the Highveld is between 1000 and 1600 meters high. The mountains rise to the east. Here is also the Inyangani, the highest mountain in the country with 2592 meters.
To the south and north the country flattens out. That’s where the Lowveld is. About 20 percent of the country belongs to the lowlands, which are located between 162 and 900 meters above sea level.
Zimbabwe was part of the British colonies for a long time. An important role at that time was played by the British politician Cecil Rhodes. For a long time, the country was not called Zimbabwe, but Rhodesia after Rhodes. It was divided into Northern Rhodesia (today’s Zambia) and southern Rhodesia, today’s Zimbabwe.
Only in 1980 Southern Rhodesia became independent as Zimbabwe. The president was Robert Mugabe, who had also done well in the struggle for the independence of the country. He ruled as a bad dictator and his government brought bad consequences for Zimbabwe (see also history).
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