środa, 16 kwietnia 2014

Zimbabwe is a landlocked country located in southern Africa, between the Zambezi and Limpopo rivers. It is bordered by South Africa to the south, Botswana to the southwest, Zambia to the northwest and Mozambique to the east. The capital is Harare.

Did you know that:
1. Magnificent Victoria Falls that forms the world's largest curtain of falling water is on the border between Zambia and Zimbabwe. The local name for the Victoria Falls is 'Mosi-oa-Tunya' (the smoke that thunders).
2. The stone-carved Zimbabwe Bird is the national emblem of Zimbabwe. The famous bird carvings stood on walls and monoliths of the ancient city of Great Zimbabwe Five of the carved birds were taken to South Africa by Cecil Rhodes. Four of the statues were returned to Zimbabwe by the South Africa, while the fifth remains at Groote Schuur, Rhodes' former home in Cape Town.
3. The Balancing Rocks are geomorphological features of igneous rocks found in many parts of Zimbabwe.
4. Zimbabwe is believed to be the location of Ophir, the ancient wealthy country from which King Solomon got ivory, gold, and such other precious items.
5. Zimbabwe acknowledges two types of marriage: customary marriage, which can be polygamous in nature, and civil marriage, which is characteristically monogamous.
6. Football, together with cricket and rugby union, is the most famous sport in the country.
7. The country is home to some of the largest diamond and platinum reserves in the world.
8. The country has three official languages: English, Shona (a Bantu language), and Ndebele.

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