Baobab Tree

Adansonia is a genus of deciduous trees known as baobabs. They are found in arid regions of Madagascar, mainland Africa, Arabia, and Australia. The generic name honors Michel Adanson, the French naturalist and explorer who described Adansonia digitata. Of the nine species accepted as of April 2018, six are native to Madagascar, two are native to mainland Africa and the Arabian Peninsula, and one is native to Australia. One of the mainland African species also occurs on Madagascar, … Continue reading Baobab Tree

Victoria Falls Bridge

Victoria Falls has previously been featured on A Stamp A Day but what about the famous bridge? The Victoria Falls Bridge crosses the Zambezi River just below Victoria Falls and is built over the Second Gorge of the falls. As the river is the border between Zimbabwe and Zambia, the bridge links the two countries and has border posts on the approaches to both ends, at … Continue reading Victoria Falls Bridge

Zimbabwe #734 (1995)

The Republic of Zimbabwe is a landlocked country located in southern Africa, between the Zambezi and Limpopo Rivers, bordered by South Africa, Botswana, Zambia, and Mozambique. The capital and largest city is Harare. A country of roughly 16 million people, Zimbabwe has 16 official languages, with English, Shona, and Ndebele the most commonly used. The region was initially the British colony of Southern Rhodesia and, following its Unilateral Declaration of Independence in 1965, the nation existed as the self-declared, unrecognized … Continue reading Zimbabwe #734 (1995)

Southern Rhodesia #57 (1940)

Southern Rhodesia #57 (1940)

The Colony of Southern Rhodesia was a self-governing British Crown colony in southern Africa from 1923 to 1980, the predecessor state of modern Zimbabwe. In 1904, it had a total area of 143,830 square miles (372,518 square kilometers) and an estimated population of 6,605,764.  Most of the area is elevated, consisting of a central plateau (high veld) stretching from the southwest northwards. The extreme east portion … Continue reading Southern Rhodesia #57 (1940)

Rhodesia #225 (1966)

Rhodesia #225 (1966)

After the breakup of the Federation of Rhodesia and Nyasaland in 1964, the former colony of Southern Rhodesia adopted the name Rhodesia in October 1964. On November 11, 1965, it unilaterally declared its independence (UDI) which was not recognized by Britain, the UN or other major powers. While these applied economic sanctions ‘Patriotic Front’ guerrillas waged war on the regime from Mozambique and Zambia. The ruling white … Continue reading Rhodesia #225 (1966)

Rhodesia & Nyasaland #143B (1956)

Rhodesia & Nyasaland #143B (1956)

The Federation of Rhodesia and Nyasaland, also known as the Central African Federation (CAF), was a semi-independent federation of three southern African territories — the self-governing British colony of Southern Rhodesia and the British protectorates of Northern Rhodesia and Nyasaland — between 1953 and 1963. The Federation was established on August 1, 1953, with a Governor-General as the Queen’s representative at the center. An interesting … Continue reading Rhodesia & Nyasaland #143B (1956)

Southern Rhodesia #37A (1938)

Dr. Livingstone Views Victoria Falls

On November 16, 1855, Scottish missionary and explorer David Livingstone is believed to have been the first European to view Victoria Falls in southern Africa at the border of the present-day nations of Zambia and Zimbabwe from what is now known as Livingstone Island — one of two land masses in the middle of the Zambezi River, immediately upstream from the falls on the Zambian side. … Continue reading Dr. Livingstone Views Victoria Falls