The People

Zimbabweans have a well deserved reputation for their friendliness and visitors of the country can be sure of a sincere and open welcome.

Zimbabwe's population stands at approximately 13 million with an annual growth rate of 3.5%. By Far the biggest percentage of the people belongs to the Shona groups who inhabit the north and east, followed by the Ndebele who mainly live in the south-west of the country. Other minority groups include the Batonga, people of the Zambezi valley who were re-settled when part of the valley was flooded to form the Lake Kariba and the Venda along the south-western borders.

English is the official language of Zimbabwe. Of the two main Bantu Speaking groups 60% speak Shona and 40% Ndebele.