“I want to worship Stone because it is Silence. I want to worship Rock, so hallowed be its Silence. Because Silence cradles all, the space and the universe and touches all... ” – Musaemura Zimunya

Zimbabwe lies on the central Southern African plateau and is landlocked. About 8% of the Zimbabwean land area is used for crop cultivation. Towards the north-east is Harare, which is not only its national capital, but also the largest urban centre. The second largest city is Bulawayo and it is roughly 440km south-west from Harare.

By mid-2005 Zimbabwe had an estimated population of about 13 million. Currently, 75% of the country is inhabited by the Shona (Mashona), who speak various dialects of the Chishona language, The Ndebele (Matabele) account for about 20% of the total population and live in and around the city of Bulawayo. Small minorities of Tonga, Venda, Hlengwe, Indians, whites and people of mixed descent make up the balance of the population. Strangely, English is the country’s official language. Zimbabwe has well-developed commercial and financial services and its physical infrastructures are of comparative high standard. The economy is based on agriculture, mining and manufacturing with tobacco and gold as the main exports.

Prior to its independence in 18 April 1980, Zimbabwe was a self-governing British colony (Southern Rhodesia) ruled by a white minority government. Rebel movements formed by the country’s largest population groups (the Shona and Ndebele) waged a war of liberation from mid-1960s to 1979. Finally, after internationally supervised elections, Southern Rhodesia became independent Zimbabwe. When the government allowed people of all races to vote in 1980, the black majority of the nation discarded the name of Rhodesia and, looking to the past for nobler origins, chose the name Zimbabwe. Zimbabwe, translating from Dzimbadzemabwe, means "Great House of Stone."

Places to see and things to do:

Mosi-oa-Tunya aka Victoria Falls, Great Zimbabwe Ruins, Hwange National Park, Khami Ruins, Chinoyi Caves, National Art Gallery

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