This map plots the settings and references in Mukiwa: A White Boy in Africa

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Zimbabwe, formerly Rhodesia, is a mid-sized landlocked country at the heart of Southern Africa. Rhodesia was so named by British settlers in 1895, in honour of the imperialist-adventurer Cecil Rhodes.  Two main ethnic groups held the land before the settlers' arrival: the Shona and the Ndebele (Matabele), an offshoot of the Zulus who arrived in the area in 1838.

Chimanimani mountains
Permission Granted by Copyright Owner for Use on Book DrumChimanimani mountains - Credit: Darell Plowes

The Limpopo River to the south forms the border with South Africa; in the northwest the Zambezi River, incorporating Lake Kariba and the Victoria Falls, forms the border with Zambia. A range of mountains and highlands including Mt Inyangani (2,592m/8,504ft) and the Chimanimani Mountains mark the eastern border.


Although it's been years since I lived here, Chimanimani (which used to be called Melsetter, after the Orkney town) remains stuck in my mind as that central reference point from which all other places radiate. It lies in an isolated valley along the eastern border with Mozambique, nestled in the crook of a winding range of glittering granite mountains from which the village now takes its name.       Peter Godwin Zimbabwe Situation report




Permission Granted by Copyright Owner for Use on Book DrumNyanga - Credit: Darell Plowes

Peter Godwin was asked, "What is your favourite place in the world?"

Probably still on the Chimanimani Mountains - gazing up at the jagged granite peaks above, wreathed often with wisps of clouds, and sweeping views down over the eastern highlands at the rolling countryside; or further north from World's View in Nyanga; or maybe in late summer, the hypnotic sight from Devil's cataract of the might Zambezi river in full flow, tumbling over the lip of Victoria Falls.        Pan Macmillan Interview, 2005


Victoria falls
Creative Commons AttributionVictoria falls - Credit: zest pk