Zimbabwe Facts: Lesson for Kids

Instructor: Diane Sieverson

Diane has taught all subjects at the elementary level, was the principal of a K-8 private school and has a master's degree in Measurement and Evaluation.

Zimbabwe is a country on the continent of Africa. Come learn about Zimbabwe, what languages they speak there, where in Africa you can find the country, what its capital city is, and some other cool facts about this nation.

Where is Zimbabwe?

You are driving on a long road in a foreign country. As you cross a bridge, you see a river and huge, magnificent waterfall! There are green trees and mist all around as you drive by, and you even see a rainbow bending through the mist. You are looking at Victoria Falls in the country of Zimbabwe!

Zimbabwe is a country in the southern part of the continent of Africa that is completely surrounded by other countries. It shares borders with South Africa, Botswana, Zambia, and Mozambique. Zimbabwe has no coast and does not touch an ocean.

Zimbabwe is a little smaller than the state of California and its capital city is Harare (pronounced huh-RAW-ray), which is in the northeastern part of the nation. It is also the biggest city in Zimbabwe; more people live in Harare than any other city in the nation.

Street in Harare
Street in Harare

Most of the country is made up of grassy plains, but there are mountains and forests in the eastern part of Zimbabwe. There are also many rivers there, and you'll find huge water monitor lizards and crocodiles hanging out in the water, so watch your toes!

Victoria Falls

Victoria Falls is one of the biggest waterfalls on Earth, and it sits on the Zambezi River between Zimbabwe and its northern neighbor, Zambia. Because of all the mist the waterfall creates and how it rumbles loudly, local people call it 'The Smoke that Thunders'.

Victoria Falls
Victoria Falls

At its widest spot, Victoria Falls is about 5,500 feet across, which is more than the length of 52 blue whales! At its highest point, water tumbles 355 feet into the gap below. That is more than 11 times higher than an Olympic high dive platform!

Huge amounts of water flows over Victoria Falls into a rocky gorge, and it is surrounded by trees and flat grasslands. Hippos like to hang out by the falls and you can also see eagles and falcons around the rocky cliff sides.

Life in Zimbabwe

When traveling in Zimbabwe, you'll hear a lot of different African languages. However, you'll probably also hear English, especially in cities, because it is one of the three official languages of the country.

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