The name “Zimbabwe” is based on a Shona term for Great Zimbabwe, an ancient ruined city in the country’s south-east whose remains are now a protected site.
Most of the country is elevated in a high veld extending from the southwest to the northwest at altitudes between 1,200 and 1,600 m. The country’s east is mountainous with Mount Nyangani as the highest point at 2,592 m. Approximately 20% of the country comprises of the low veld under 900m. Victoria Falls, one of the world’s biggest and most remarkable waterfalls, is located in the country’s northwest as part of the Zambezi River. The country has a tropical climate with a rainy season typically from the end of October to March. The climate is moderated by the altitude.
Population: 13.72 million
Official language: English Language, Shona Language, Northern Ndebele language
Currencies: United States Dollar, Euro, Botswana pula, UK £, South African rand