Africa Day 2018- Celebrating the Joy of Africa
6 facts you probably didn’t know about Zimbabwe
Zimbabwe is a country full of colour, passion, joy and love. It’s a country that’s in the hearts of team CBF, as well as all our supporters. To celebrate Africa Day 2018, here are 6 interesting facts you might not know about Zimbabwe.
- Zimbabwe has a population of around 16 million people.
This is equivalent to 0.22% of the global population. For every 100 women in Zimbabwe, there is approximately 95 men. #GirlPower
- Zimbabwe is helping to mitigate the 30% fall in African elephant numbers in recent years.
Africa is home to the largest land mammal in the world- the African elephant. Zimbabwe has the second highest number of elephants out of all 54 African countries, with elephant numbers estimated to be at around 84,000. Zimbabwe has strict laws protecting its animals, and this is clearly reflected in the high numbers of elephants.
- Victoria Falls is one of the seven natural wonders of the world.
Zimbabwe is home to Victoria Falls, the world’s largest waterfall with a height of approximately 108 metres, and a width of 1700 metres. If you are really lucky and visit Vic Falls when the moon is strong, and the sky is clear, you will get to see the Luna Rainbow! CBF volunteer, Annie, was lucky enough to just about see it on her recent trip in April.
- Zimbabwe borders South Africa, Zambia, Botswana and Mozambique.
In Mutare, Zimbabwe’s second largest city, there is a view point where you can see right over to Mozambique.
- Zimbabweans speak two languages.
There are two official languages of Zimbabwe, English and Shona. “Hello” in Shona is “Mhoro”.
- Over 1 million children in Zimbabwe have been orphaned due to HIV/AIDS, additionally, more than 1.2 million children of school-going age between 3 to 16 years are out of school.
We want to reduce these numbers and make sure that EVERY child in Zimbabwe has the opportunity to go to school, develop a passion for learning and change their lives forever. To help us in our mission, head over to our “Get Involved” page.