Who was Zimbabwe founded by?
Colonial era (1888–1980) In the 1880s, British diamond magnate Cecil Rhodes’ British South Africa Company (BSAC) started to make inroads into the region. In 1898, the name Southern Rhodesia was adopted. In 1888, Rhodes obtained a concession for mining rights from King Lobengula of the Ndebele peoples.
What are the physical features of Zimbabwe?
The landscape can be divided into three geographical regions: the inland plateau, the Highveld and the Escarpment. The 1,200 m high inland plateau takes up the majority of the country. The peneplains extend between the cities of Harare and Bulawayo. The landscape sinks to the west into the Kalahari basin.
What countries does Zimbabwe border?
Zimbabwe is landlocked; the Zambezi forms a natural riverine boundary with Zambia; in full flood (February-April) the massive Victoria Falls on the river forms the world’s largest curtain of falling water. Location: Borders Zambia, Mozambique,Botswana, South Africa and Namibia.
Does Zimbabwe have mountains?
There are 4515 named mountains in Zimbabwe. The highest and the most prominent mountain is Mount Nyangani.
Which part of Zimbabwe receives most rainfall?
What is the environment like in Zimbabwe?
Environmental issues are predominantly handled at national level. Zimbabwe is generally dry and warm. The diurnal average surface temperatures vary from 15oC in July to 22oC in January. Average summer precipitation varies from 400 mm in the south to about 900 mm in the mountainous north-east.
Is there a rainforest in Zimbabwe?
The Victoria Falls Rainforest is a natural area of dense vegetation, within the national park, that has taken root under the almost constant rainfall that is created from the spray forced up from the gorge. On the Zimbabwe side, the rainforest is located on the cliffs opposite the waterfall, facing the Main Falls.
What animals live in Victoria Falls?
The Game Park – Elephant, Lion, Buffalo, Leopard and White Rhino (the Big Five) can be seen in the park as well as herds of Eland, Sable Antelope, Zebra, Giraffe, Waterbuck and Kudu amongst other smaller species. The Zambezi River is known for its Bream and Tiger Fishing.
Why is the chirinda forest special?
The Chirinda Forest Reserve covers about 950 ha of primary evergreen forest on the slopes of Mt Selinda in SE Zimbabwe. It is one of the larger protected forest areas in the country with a unique combination of tropical and subtropical vegetation species.
What is the forest near the Victoria Falls called?
The rain forest is part of the 1900ha reserve established in 1937 and is part of the broader Victoria Falls National Park. Among the animals that may be seen here are bushbuck, baboons and mongooses.