Wednesday, 19 June 2024

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Zimbabwe: The Paradise for Leisure and Business in Africa

West Africa is beautiful, just as Zimbabwe is a paradise for leisure and investment that every West African should know.

Forget the Zimbabwe you have been told, or read about. Take a few minutes to get to know the real paradise of Africa.

Zimbabwe is known for its diverse culture, natural landscapes, and historical sites. The country is home to Victoria Falls, one of the world's largest waterfalls, as well as the ancient city of Great Zimbabwe, which was a major center of trade and culture in the region for centuries. Zimbabwe is also known for its wildlife, including elephants, lions, and rhinos, which can be found in its national parks and game reserves. Additionally, Zimbabwe has a rich history of political and social upheaval, with the country experiencing significant economic and political challenges in recent years.

As diverse in culture and heritage is West Africa, Zimbabwe is rich in culture as well.

There are several tribes in Zimbabwe, each with their own unique culture and history. Some of the more prominent tribes include:

Shona (Yorubas if we were in Nigeria): The Shona people are the largest ethnic group in Zimbabwe, making up about 80% of the population. They have a rich culture, with a strong tradition of art, music, and storytelling.

Ndebele (Igbos if we were in Nigeria): The Ndebele people make up about 18% of the population and are known for their colorful and intricate traditional clothing and beadwork.

Tonga: The Tonga people live primarily in the western part of the country, along the Zambezi River. They have a rich culture and history, and are known for their music and traditional dances.

Venda: The Venda people are known for their rich cultural heritage, which includes traditional music and dance, art, and spiritual practices.

Kalanga: The Kalanga people, who make up a minority of the population, are known for their rich cultural heritage which includes traditional music and dance, art, and spiritual practices.

These are some of the tribes that make a considerable population in the country, but keep in mind that the list may not be exhaustive.

Just as is in West Africa, Zimbabwe is a popular tourist destination known for its natural beauty, rich culture, and history. Some of the most popular features and activities for tourists include:

Victoria Falls: One of the most famous attractions in Zimbabwe and a UNESCO World Heritage site, Victoria Falls is one of the largest waterfalls in the world and a must-see for any visitor to the country.

Game viewing and safaris: Zimbabwe is home to a wide variety of wildlife, including elephants, lions, rhinos, and other big game, and there are many national parks and game reserves where visitors can go on safari to see these animals in their natural habitat.

Culture and history: Zimbabwe has a rich cultural heritage, and visitors can learn about the country's history and culture by visiting places like Great Zimbabwe, the ancient city that gave the country its name, and the Khami Ruins.

Rafting: The Zambezi river is considered one of the best destinations for white water rafting and visitors can experience this thrill.

Adventure activities: Visitors can also enjoy a wide range of outdoor activities such as bungee jumping, abseiling, kayaking, and more.

Bird watching: Zimbabwe is a bird watcher's paradise, a wide range of birds can be found in the country, from the iconic national bird the “African fish eagle” and other endemics.

These are some of the most popular features and activities that Zimbabwe has to offer, but there are many other things to see and do as well, depending on one's interests.

West African economies are held by Mining, Tourism, Agriculture and Manufacturing, just as Zimbabwe is.

Zimbabwe is known for exporting a variety of goods and services such as:

Platinum: Zimbabwe has large reserves of platinum and is a major producer of the metal.

Gold: Zimbabwe is also a major producer of gold, and the mining sector is an important contributor to the economy.

Ferroalloys: Ferrochrome, ferromanganese and silicomanganese are also major export products of Zimbabwe.

Tobacco: Zimbabwe is one of the world's largest producers of tobacco, and the crop is a major export for the country.

Cotton: Cotton is another important agricultural export for Zimbabwe.

Diamonds: Zimbabwe has significant diamond reserves and is a major producer of the gemstones.

Chromium: Zimbabwe is one of the largest producer of Chromium in the world,

Agriculture products: Zimbabwe also exports various agriculture products such as sugar, tea, coffee and horticultural products.

Meat: Zimbabwe exports beef, pork and poultry products.

Manufacturing goods: Zimbabwe also exports various manufacturing goods such as textiles, clothing and footwear, chemicals, and ceramics.

It's worth noting that this is not recent or up-to-date information, and the pattern of exports could have changed over the time. However this gives an idea about the historical trend of exports.

Get to know a Zimbabwean, and you get to know the walking and breathing version of this paradise of Africa. 

Invest in a Zimbabwean, invest in Zimbabwe.

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