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A map of ZimbabweA map of Zimbabwe Zimbabwe lies on a high plateau scattered with low hills, called kopjes, and ridges. The dry grassland region is known as the Highveld. In central and eastern Zimbabwe, there are mountains with forested slopes, although in recent years, most woodland areas have been cleared for farming, drastically reducing the habitats of its wildlife. The River Zambezi, including Lake Kariba, forms Zimbabwe's northern border with Zambia. Zimbabwe has a tropical climate with a warm, rainy season from October to March. Since its independence in 1980, Zimbabwe has had a poor human rights record. This has affected its development, and many of its people live in poverty.

A map of ZimbabweA map of Zimbabwe
Welcome to Zimbabwe 

The main street of HarareThe main street of Harare


There are two main ethnic groups in Zimbabwe: the Shona, the majority, who mainly live in central and eastern regions, and the Ndebele, who live in and around the south-western city of Bulawayo. Both groups are Bantu-speaking peoples. Christianity is the main religion, although it is common for people to hold traditional animist beliefs as well. Animists believe that objects, such as trees and rivers, have spirits. White Zimbabweans make up less than 1% of the population.

The sound of falling water at Victoria Falls, on Zimbabwe’s border with Zambia, can be heard up to 40 km (25 miles) away.

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