Zimbabwe: Geography

[Source of Information: Zimbabwe homepage, which appears taken from CIA World Factbook]

Victorian Falls, August 1997, during Zimbabwe's dry season. During the rainy season, the separate falls become a single continuous mass of falling water. (Click on the pictures to obtain larger images, which take longer to download.) Photographs George P. Landow may be used without written permission for any educational purpose. Any commercial or other use requires prior written permisison from [email protected].

Location: Southern Africa, northeast of Botswana

Map references: Africa


Land boundaries: total 3,066 km, Botswana 813 km, Mozambique 1,231 km, South Africa 225 km, Zambia 797 km

Coastline: 0 km (landlocked); Maritime claims: none; landlocked

International disputes: quadripoint with Botswana, Namibia, and Zambia is in disagreement

Climate: tropical; moderated by altitude; rainy season (November to March)

Domboshawa Domboshawa Terrain: mostly high plateau with higher central plateau (high veld); mountains in east

Natural resources: coal, chromium ore, asbestos, gold, nickel, copper, iron ore, vanadium, lithium, tin, platinum group metals

Land use


Current issues: deforestation; soil erosion; land degradation; air and water pollution; the black rhinoceros herd -- once the largest concentration of the species in the world -- has been significantly reduced by poaching

Natural hazards: recurring droughts; floods and severe storms are rare

International agreements

party to -- Biodiversity, Climate Change, Endangered Species, Law of the Sea, Ozone Layer Protection; signed, but not ratified - Desertification

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