It’s time to reveal the first location in the Ridonculous Race to Name the Place! Have you checked out the background shot for this week and figured out where the racers are visiting? Let’s find out if you’re on the right track or if you took a wrong turn somewhere! The first country of the contest is… drum roll, please… Zimbabwe!
The Republic of Zimbabwe is a country in southern Africa, bordered by the Zambezi and Limpopo rivers. The territory has had a lot of names over the years, including Southern Rhodesia, Rhodesia and Zimbabwe Rhodesia but got it’s current name after achieving sovereignty in 1980. The name actually comes from an 11th Century city, The Great Zimbabwe, whose ruins lie in the country’s south-east!
The capital city of Zimbabwe is Harare, which has a population of about 1.6 million and was named after the Shona chieftain Neharawe. Zimbabwe’s population growth rate is the second highest in the world at 4.4%!
The Victoria Falls on the border between Zambia and Zimbabwe are the world’s largest curtain of falling water! While they may not be the outright tallest or widest, between a width of 1,708 metres and a height of 108 metres they’re still the biggest overall. The local name for the falls is Mosi-oa-Tunya, which means “The Smoke That Thunders”.
One of the falls’ most famous features is the ‘Armchair’, sometimes known more sinisterly as the ‘Devil’s Pool’! Near the edge of the falls on Livingstone Island there’s a rock barrier which, at certain points in the year, lets visitors actually get into the water and splash around just a few feet from the drop! Not a tourist activity for the faint of heart!
Remember to keep an eye on Fresh TV social media for a new background each week and another chance to be the first to guess which country the racers are visiting!