Geography of Zimbabwe


Zimbabwe map

Location: Southern Africa, between South Africa and Zambia

Capital: Harare

Size: slightly larger than Montana

Population: 12,084,304 (July 2011 est.)
Terrain: mostly high plateau with higher central plateau (high veld); mountains in east

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

Zimbabwe flag

Flag symbolism:

seven equal horizontal bands of green, yellow, red, black, red, yellow, and green with a white isosceles triangle edged in black with its base on the hoist side; a yellow Zimbabwe bird representing the long history of the country is superimposed on a red five-pointed star in the center of the triangle, which symbolizes peace; green represents agriculture, yellow mineral wealth, red the blood shed to achieve independence, and black stands for the native people

National Anthem:

National Anthem – lyrics

Information retrieved from the CIA Factbook at

Lesson Plan Ideas for Geography of Zimbabwe:

  1. Check it out on Google Earth!
  2. Distribute copies of the map of Africa. Have students locate, label, and color the country of Zimbabwe. Have them mark the capital with a star and label it.
  3. Students can create a brochure of Zimbabwe, which should include information such as location, population, terrain, climate, size, flag, etc.
  4. Students can listen to the National Anthem
  5. Students can listen to “Our Zimbabwe” which is a beautiful song – found both in Shona and English with a slideshow.
  6. Have students create a poster that includes the flag of Zimbabwe as well as what the symbols and colors mean.
  7. Check out more information online