Where is Zimbabwe?

Zimbabwe is located in the Southern Africa region at latitude -19.015438 and longitude 29.154857 and is part of the African continent.

The DMS coordinates for the center of the country are:

  • 19° 0' 55.58'' S
  • 29° 9' 17.49'' E

You can see the location of Zimbabwe on the world map below:

Zimbabwe location on the map pointed out by a pin.

Zimbabwe Neighboring Countries

The neighboring countries of Zimbabwe (ZW) are:

  1. Botswana (BW)
  2. Mozambique (MZ)
  3. South Africa (ZA)
  4. Zambia (ZM)

Zimbabwe is a landlocked country, which means it does not have direct access to the open ocean.

Zimbabwe Related Content

Zimbabwe Key Facts

CountryZimbabwe
CoordinatesLatitude: -19.015438
Longitude: 29.154857
Country CodesAlpha 2: ZW
Alpha 3: ZWE
Country Flag Emoji🇿🇼
Int. Phone Prefix+263
Capital cityHarare
Continent
Subcontinent
Africa
Southern Africa
Country Area390,757 sq km
Population 202115,092,171
World Rank: 73
Median Age18.1
Life expectancy59.3
Major languagesShona (official; most widely spoken), Ndebele (official, second most widely spoken), English (official; traditionally used for official business), 13 minority languages (official; includes Chewa, Chibarwe, Kalanga, Koisan, Nambya, Ndau, Shangani, sign language, Sotho, Tonga, Tswana, Venda, and Xhosa)
UTC/GMT TimeNumber of time zones: 1
  • UTC+02:00
Internet TLD.zw
Biggest AirportHarare International Airport (HRE)
Average temperature21.00 °C
69.80 °F
Administrative Divisions10 provinces
Political systemPresidential representative democratic republic

Zimbabwe Economy Facts

World Bank Income GroupLower middle income
World Bank RegionSub-Saharan Africa
CurrencyUS Dollar (ZWD)
GDP in 2020$18.1 (billions of USD)
World Rank: 115
GDP per capita in 2020$1,215
World Rank: 163
Major Industries / Economic SectorsAgriculture, manufacturing, energy, services
Top 5 Import CountriesSouth Africa, China, Democratic Republic of the Congo, India, United Arab Emirates
Top 5 Export CountriesSouth Africa, China, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Mozambique, Botswana

Biggest Cities in Zimbabwe

Here are the largest cities in Zimbabwe based on 2021 data:

City Population
Harare 2,150,000
Bulawayo 653,337
Chitungwiza 340,360
Mutare 188,243
Gweru 141,260
Kwekwe 93,072
Kadoma 79,174
Masvingo 72,527
Chinhoyi 56,794
Marondera 52,283

Map of Zimbabwe with the Largest Cities

Other Countries in the Southern Africa Region

Zimbabwe Political Map and Regions

Zimbabwe on the African continent is divided into 10 provinces. These provinces are divided into 59 districts.

A color-coded map showing the provinces of Zimbabwe with labels and a compass rose in the upper right corner.
Provinces of Zimbabwe Map
A colorful political map of Zimbabwe showing various regions in different colors with labels, surrounding country names, and major cities marked.
Zimbabwe Political Map

Ten Provinces of Zimbabwe

Zimbabwe is divided into ten provinces, the highest administrative division. Provinces of Zimbabwe are Bulawayo, Harare, Manicaland, Mashonaland Central, Mashonaland East, Mashonaland West, Masvingo, Matabeleland North, and Matabeleland South.

Bulawayo

Bulawayo is the second largest city in the state of Zimbabwe. According to the 2016 official census, 1,200,337 people live in the city, which is also the central city of the country with the same name. The area is 1,706 square kilometers.

The name of the city means the battlefield in Ndebele, one of the official languages of the country. This means that the British troops defeated the local tribes and obtained these regions and as a result of this, the settlement of the region with the contributions of Cecil Rhodes, gave the name of the city that was established today.

Harare

Harare is the capital and the largest province of Zimbabwe. Harare, which has provincial status, has a population of 1,606,000 according to 2013 official census results across all provincial borders. The area is 960 square kilometers.

The province is located in the northeastern part of the country. Economic life in the province is quite lively. Tobacco, corn, cotton, and citrus are sold from this country to the world.

Manicaland

Manicaland is one of Zimbabwe’s ten existing provinces. Manicaland is adjacent to the Midlands in the west, Mashonaland East in the north, Masvingo in the northwest, and Mozambique in the south and west. According to the official census results of 2012, 1,752,698 people live in the province. The area is 36,459 square kilometers. The city of Mutare is the administrative capital of the province and the province is divided into seven districts.

Mashonaland Central

Mashonaland Central is one of Zimbabwe’s ten existing provinces. The central province of Mashonaland is adjacent to Mashonaland West in the west, Mashonaland East in the southeast, Harare in the east, and Mozambique in the north. According to the official census results of 2012, 1,152,520 people live in the province. The area of the province is 28,347 square kilometers. Bindura is the administrative capital of the province and the province is divided into seven districts.

Mashonaland East

Mashonaland East is one of the ten provinces of Zimbabwe in total. Mashonaland East is adjacent with the Midlands in the south, Mashonaland in the north, Harare and Mashonaland in the west, and Manicaland and Mozambique in the east. According to the official census results of 2012, 1,344,955 people live. The area of the province is 32,230 square kilometers. The city of Marondera is the administrative capital of the province and the province is divided into eight districts.

Mashonaland West

Mashonaland West is one of the ten existing provinces of the African country of Zimbabwe. The province is adjacent to the Midlands in the south and southwest, Mashonaland in the northeast, Harare and Mashonaland in the east, Matabeleland in the west and Zambia in the west. According to the official census results of 2012, 1,501,656 people live in the province. The area is 57,441 square kilometers. Chinhoyi is the administrative capital of the province and is divided into six districts.

Masvingo

Masvingo is one of Zimbabwe’s ten existing provinces. Masvingo is adjacent to the Midlands in the northwest, Manicaland in the northeast, Matabeleland in the southwest, Mozambique and the Republic of South Africa in the east. Masvingo also includes the area called Zimbabwe the Great, where there are important historical monuments in the name of Zimbabwe’s history. Due to the visit of these historical monuments, the province attracts many tourists to the region. According to the official census results of 2012, 1,485,090 people live in the province. The area is 36,459 square kilometers. Masvingo is the administrative capital of the province and the province is divided into seven districts.

Matabeleland North

Matabeleland North is one of the ten provinces of Zimbabwe in total. It is adjacent to the Midlands in the east, Mashonaland in the northeast, Bulawayo and Matabeleland in the south, Zambia in the north and Botswana in the west. The 100 m borderline with Namibia in the northwest is controversial.

This region, which is the only quadrangular border region in the world and which is connected to this border, is an unacceptable border point because it does not mutually formalize the border agreements of Botswana, Zambia, Zimbabwe and Namibia countries.

According to the official census results of 2012, 749,017 people live in the province. The area of the region is 75,025 square kilometers. Lupane is the administrative capital of the province and the province is divided into six districts.

Matabeleland South

Matabeleland South is one of the ten provinces of Zimbabwe in total. The southern province of Matabeleland is adjacent to the Midlands in the northeast, the Matabeleland to the north and Bulawayo to the north, Masvingo to the east, Botswana to the southwest and the Republic of South Africa to the south.

According to the official census results of 2012, 683,893 people live. The area is 54,172 square kilometers. Gwanda is the administrative capital of the province and the province is divided into six districts.