MAPS - masses of them!

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Where is Rhodesia?

Location of Rhodesia

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     How big is Rhodesia?

Size of Rhodesia compared with Britain Size of Rhodesia compared with NSW Size of Rhodesia compared with Texas

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Click on the links for a large scale view.

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Rhodesia - map showing main towns and communications - 1973

Rhodesia - main towns and communications - 1973

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AA Road Map of Rhodesia 1975

AA Road Map of Rhodesia 1975

Listen to an AA Road Report from the RBC

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Rhodesia Physical Relief Map 1973 - scale 1:1 000 000

Rhodesia Physical Relief Map 1973 - scale 1:1 000 000

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Rhodesia Land Tenure Map 1974 - scale 1:1 000 000

Rhodesia Land Tenure Map 1974 - scale 1:1 000 000

 

Rhodesia map showing major dams 1977

Rhodesia - Major Dams - 1977

Inyanga Tourist Map 1: 63,360 or 1 Inch to 1 Mile

Inyanga Tourist Map 1: 63,360 or 1 Inch to 1 Mile

 

Street Map of Greater Salisbury, Rhodesia 1975

Street Map of Greater Salisbury

 

 

1:50 000 SERIES

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Bindura  Bulawayo Chipinga  Gwelo  Fort Victoria

Inyanga   Inyangani   Juliasdale  Kazungula  Lake Mac

Marandellas  Melsetter  Odzi  Rusape  Salisbury

Troutbeck    Umtali   Vumba & Banti   

    

Dr Richard Wood, probably the world's leading historian on Rhodesian political and military history, has been kind enough to mention that he is a regular user of  the maps on this site.  Those with similar interests may care to know that he has recently published his latest book: Kwete - No! details of which are shown on the Recommended Reading page.

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SHEETFALL of Rhodesian maps at 1:250 000 scale

SHEETFALL -  1:250 000 SERIES

                                             Mana Pools    Kanyemba

                                   Bumi Hills    Kariba     Mangula  Mt. Darwin

                                    Binga  Copper Queen  Salisbury  Mtoko

Kazungula  Vic. Falls  Kamativi  Que Que      Hartley    Umtali

                      Dzivanini Nyamandhlovu  Gwelo      Selukwe  Melsetter

                                  Plumtree   Bulawayo   Fort Vic   Chipinga

                                 Mphoengs W. Nicholson  Nuanetsi  Chiredzi

                                                  Beit Bridge     Messina    Malvernia

 

Rhodesia - map showing major tribal groupings

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THE MAJOR TRIBAL GROUPNGS IN RHODESIA

WITH APPROXIMATE PERCENTAGE OF AFRICAN POPULATION

      Tribe                               Percentage                            No. of  Chiefs

                           NDEBELE ORIENTATED TRIBES

1.    Ndebele                                  14%                                   44

2.    Kalanga                                     5%                                     3

 

                            SHONA ORIENTATED TRIBES

3.    Rozwi                                        9%                                   20

4.    KoreKore                               12%                                    20

5.    Zezuru                                     18%                                    22

6.    Manyika                                  13%                                      9

7.    Karanga                                   22%                                   35

8.    Ndau                                         3%                                    11

 

                                               OTHERS

9.    Tonga                                        2%                                    27

10.  Venda                                       1%                                      6

11.  Shangaan                                   1%                                      5

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Pioneer Road from 1895 map at 1 : 1 000 000 scale

Pioneer Road from 1895 map of Rhodesia

at 1 : 1 000 000 scale

This map shows both the original pioneer road

and the very slightly more direct telegraph line.

The site of Beitbridge is between Middle and Main Drift

and I have marked it "B B" across the river.

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.Map Legend for 1895 map of Rhodesia

Map Legend for 1895 map of Rhodesia

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  1909 map of Rhodesia - Salisbury district extract

Extract of Salisbury district from

1909 mapping of Rhodesia at 1: 500 000 scale

The above series of maps were compiled in the office of the Surveyor General, Southern Rhodesia and this extract shows clearly the farms established by 1909. Click on the map name and then again on the map when it appears to get a very detailed view.

1923 map of the Rhodesias showing railways and telegraph lines

1923 map of the Rhodesias showing railway and telegraph lines

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1897 map of Rhodesia - Matabeleland extract

Extract of Bulawayo district from

1897 map of Rhodesia at 1: 1 000 000 scale

 

1897 map of Rhodesia - Salisbury district extract

Extract of Salisbury district from

1897 map of Rhodesia at 1: 1 000 000 scale

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Southern Rhodesia 1927 at 1 : 1 000 000 scale

Southern Rhodesia 1927 at 1 : 1 000 000 scale

Among points of interest are:

The Pioneer Road is shown as Selous Road after the chief scout who guided the Pioneer Column.

The road to Chirundu and Kariba goes no further than Urungwe and of course Karoi did not then exist.

The site of Beitbridge, which had not yet been built, is between Middle and Main Drift roughly where the BSAP post is located.

Ministry of Roads and Road Traffic  - Maintenance 1977-78

Ministry of Roads and Road Traffic - Maintenance 1977/78

This map shows the status of all main roads with distances to the nearest 0,1 km.

Sadly it does not include the old strip roads many of which were still in a good

state of repair and perfectly usable!

Listen to an AA Road Report from the RBC

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Rhodesia Geological Map 1965

Geological Map of Rhodesia 1965 at 1 : 2 500 000 scale

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Some Neighbouring Countries

        Moçambique (Mozambique) Map by AA of Rhodesia, 1973         Botswana Map by AA of Rhodesia, 1976

     Moçambique (Mozambique)                          Botswana                    

 

      Malawi Map by AA of Rhodesia                   Motoring in South West Africa - 1974 map

Malawi                                    South West Africa

 

   

 

Kazungula, Rhodesia scale 1: 250 000

Extract from Kazungula 1:250 000 map

(See above for complete sheet)

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Extracts from two early maps of the Melsetter area.

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Melsetter District Map 1895 at 1 : 1 000 000 scale     Melsetter District Map 1900 at 1 : 1 000 000 scale

Melsetter District Map 1895                      Melsetter District Map 1900

The maps above from 1895 and 1900, at a scale of 1 : 1 000 000, show the Eastern District when it was first being opened up.

That from 1895 is probably the first ever large scale map of the area and the "road" made by Thomas Moodie

is shown as a single line crossing the Sabi at Moodie's Drift and the Tanganda at New Year's Drift

before eventually reaching Melsetter Settlement.  At this stage most of the boundary with Portuguese East Africa

had not yet finally been agreed.

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The second map of the same area and scale shows some changes as at 1900.

Notably the building of a road and telegraph line from Umtali to Melsetter village and from there a road to what must then have been

an extremely remote BSAP post near where the Mt Selinda Mission was later established.

In 1898 a border agreement with Mocambique had been signed with Portugal at Macequece more or less along present lines.

Sadly for Rhodesia in many places the line was to the west of what had been hoped for. 

The final, present day, boundary was not finally agreed until late 1940.  

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The other points of interest on both maps are the descriptions which actually well convey the nature

of the land concerned.  That for the area around the Tanganda River between Middle Drift and New Year's Drift

being marked:  "Fine Country well watered".

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Eastern Highlands of Rhodesia 1929 mapping at 1 : 250 000 scale

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Eastern Highlands of Rhodesia 1929 mapping at 1 : 250 000 scale

The above mapping was first published in 1929 with the northern third of the map partially

revised for major changes in 1944 and the remaining southern section similarly revised in 1947.

Thus the Birchenough Bridge, at the bottom of the map is shown; having been opened just before Christmas 1935.

At this stage, although hill features are shown, there were no contours marked.

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Rhodesia map - Physical - Altitude - 1973

Rhodesia - Physical / Altitude - 1973

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Map of the Federation of Rhodesia and Nyasaland showing main points of interest.

Map of the Federation of Rhodesia & Nyasaland

showing communication between main centres.

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Quite a number of original Rhodesian names still appear on various current maps, however, to assist future readers in locating Rhodesian towns, rivers and dams on present day online maps etc.

the following is a list of some of the more important name changes which were made from 1983.

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Sorted by original name
Sorted by new name

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Old
Balla Balla
Banket
Belingwe
Bembesi  
Bhebe Dam
Biriwiri 
Bubye 
Bulalima-Mangwe 
Centenary 
Chakara
Chibi 
Chibvi Dip
Chigoma Dam
Chilimanzi 
Chimandhu Dam
Chimwemwe Dam
Chinyauwhera  
Chipfika Dam
Chipinga
Darwendale Dam
Dett
Dewure PL
Dutchman’s Dam
Eben Dam
Enkeldoorn
Esquilingwe Weir
Essexvale
Fort Victoria
Frogmore Dam
Gatooma
Gulamalaka Dam
Gwaai
Gwelo
Hartley
Henry Hallam Dam
Hunyani Poort Dam
Hunyani River
Ingezi
Ingwezi Dam
Inyanga 
Inyati 
Inyazura
Kanyongore Dam
Khami Dam
Kyle Dam
Lesapi Dam
Lomagundi 
Lower Gwelo 
Lower Impali Dam
Lower Maynard Weir
Lower Seigneury Weir
Lower Umgusa Dam
Lundi 
Lute Dam
Maleme Dam
Mamanda Dam
Mangula
Manyeni TTL
Marandellas
Maranke TTL
Mare Dam
Mashaba
Matopos
Mawuto
Mayfair Dam
Mazoe
Melsetter
Miami
Mphoengs  
Mrewa
Msengezi PL
Mtali Dam
Mtepatepa
Mtilikwe TTL
Mtoko
Mtorashanga
Mtsheleli Dam
Mufundisi Dam
Mvurwi
Mzarabani TTL  
Mzinyatini 
Mzolo  
Narira 
Ndhlumbi
Ngungunyane  
Nkai
Nuanetsi 
Nyamatara
Nyamunga
Palawan Dam
Poole Dam
Prince Edward Dam
Purdon Dam
Que Que
Quested Dam
Range Dam
Rhodes Dam
Rixon Dam
Sabi  
Sabi North TTL
Salisbury
Seki (TTL)
Selukwe
Shabani
Shabani Weir
Sikiro Dam
Sinoia
Sipolilo
Somabula
Three Sisters Dam
Tiyabenzi Dam
Tjolotjo
Tobgwe Dam
Tuli 
Udu Valley Dam
Umfuli River
Umgululu Dam
Umhlanga Dam
Umniati River
Umtali
Umvukwes
Umvuma
Umzingwane Dam
Urungwe 
Victoria (district)
Vila Salazar
Wankie 
Wozhele 1 (dam)
Wozhele 2 (dam)
Zawi

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

New
Mbalabala
Lower Mujeni
Mberengwa
Mbembesi
Bhebbe
Piriviri
Bubi
Bulilimamangwe
Muzarabani
Chikara
Chivi
Chibvi
Chingoma
Chirumanzu
Chimhandu
Muneni
Chinyauhera
Chipfiko
Chipinge
Manyame
Dete
Devure
Lower Zivagwe
Mupfurudzi
Chivhu
Nyajena
Esigodini
Masvingo
Upper Ruya
Kadoma
Chinakwa
Gwai
Gweru
Chegutu
Harava
Chivero
Manyame
Ngezi
Ingwesi
Nyanga
Inyathi
Nyazura
Kanyongoro
Khame
Mutirikwi
Rusape Dam
Makonde
Manyame
Shurugwi (dam)
Chirudzani
Angler’s Rest
Lower Mgusa
Runde
Luthi
Lower Maleme
Mamande
Mhangura
Manyene
Marondera
Marange
Nyangwe
Mashava
Matobo
Mauto
Insiza
Mazowe
Chimanimani
Mwami
Mphoeng
Murewa
Musengezi
Mutora
Mutepatepa
Mutirikwi
Mutoko
Mutorashanga
Mutsheleli
Mfundisi
Suoguru
Muzarabani
Mzinyathini
Mzola
Nharira
Ndlumbi
Ngungunyana
Nkayi
Mwenezi
Nyamutora
Nyamhumga
Ngezi
Dziva
Seke (dam)
Saunyami
Kwekwe
Bulilima
Chikomba
Nyanga (dam)
Upper Insiza
Save
Save
Harare
Seke
Shurugwi
Zvishavane
Zvishavane Weir
Svikiro
Chinhoyi
Guruve
Somabhula
Upper Maleme
Shangani
Tsholotsho
Tongwe
Thuli
Udu
Mupfure
Mgululu
Mhlanga
Munyati / Sanyati
Mutare
Mvurwi
Mvuma
Mzingwane
Hurungwe
Masvingo
Sango
Hwange
Hozheri 1
Hozheri 2
Zave

 

 

 

 

New
Angler’s Rest
Bhebbe
Bubi
Bulilima
Bulilimamangwe
Chegutu
Chibvi
Chikara
Chikomba
Chimanimani
Chimhandu
Chinakwa
Chingoma
Chinhoyi
Chinyauhera
Chipfiko
Chipinge
Chirudzani
Chirumanzu
Chivero
Chivhu
Chivi
Dete
Devure
Dziva
Esigodini
Guruve
Gwai
Gweru
Harare
Harava
Hozheri 1
Hozheri 2
Hurungwe
Hwange
Ingwesi
Insiza
Inyathi
Kadoma
Kanyongoro
Khame
Kwekwe
Lower Maleme
Lower Mgusa
Lower Mujeni
Lower Zivagwe
Luthi
Makonde
Mamande
Manyame
Manyame
Manyame
Manyene
Marange
Marondera
Mashava
Masvingo
Masvingo
Matobo
Mauto
Mazowe
Mbalabala
Mbembesi
Mberengwa
Mfundisi
Mgululu
Mhangura
Mhlanga
Mphoeng
Muneni
Munyati / Sanyati
Mupfure
Mupfurudzi
Murewa
Musengezi
Mutare
Mutepatepa
Mutirikwi
Mutirikwi
Mutoko
Mutora
Mutorashanga
Mutsheleli
Muzarabani
Muzarabani
Mvuma
Mvurwi
Mwami
Mwenezi
Mzingwane
Mzinyathini
Mzola
Ndlumbi
Ngezi
Ngezi
Ngungunyana
Nharira
Nkayi
Nyajena
Nyamhumga
Nyamutora
Nyanga
Nyanga (dam)
Nyangwe
Nyazura
Piriviri
Runde
Rusape Dam
Sango
Saunyami
Save
Save
Seke (dam)
Seke
Shangani
Shurugwi (dam)
Shurugwi
Somabhula
Suoguru
Svikiro
Thuli
Tongwe
Tsholotsho
Udu
Upper Insiza
Upper Maleme
Upper Ruya
Zave
Zvishavane
Zvishavane Weir
Old
Lower Seigneury Weir
Bhebe Dam
Bubye 
Quested Dam
Bulalima-Mangwe 
Hartley
Chibvi Dip
Chakara
Range Dam
Melsetter
Chimandhu Dam
Gulamalaka Dam
Chigoma Dam
Sinoia
Chinyauwhera  
Chipfika Dam
Chipinga
Lower Maynard Weir
Chilimanzi 
Hunyani Poort Dam
Enkeldoorn
Chibi 
Dett
Dewure PL
Poole Dam
Essexvale
Sipolilo
Gwaai
Gwelo
Salisbury
Henry Hallam Dam
Wozhele 1 (dam)
Wozhele 2 (dam)
Urungwe 
Wankie 
Ingwezi Dam
Mayfair Dam
Inyati 
Gatooma
Kanyongore Dam
Khami Dam
Que Que
Maleme Dam
Lower Umgusa Dam
Banket
Dutchman’s Dam
Lute Dam
Lomagundi 
Mamanda Dam
Darwendale Dam
Hunyani River
Lower Gwelo 
Manyeni TTL
Maranke TTL
Marandellas
Mashaba
Fort Victoria
Victoria (district)
Matopos
Mawuto
Mazoe
Balla Balla
Bembesi  
Belingwe
Mufundisi Dam
Umgululu Dam
Mangula
Umhlanga Dam
Mphoengs  
Chimwemwe Dam
Umniati River
Umfuli River
Eben Dam
Mrewa
Msengezi PL
Umtali
Mtepatepa
Kyle Dam
Mtilikwe TTL
Mtoko
Mtali Dam
Mtorashanga
Mtsheleli Dam
Centenary 
Mzarabani TTL  
Umvuma
Umvukwes
Miami
Nuanetsi 
Umzingwane Dam
Mzinyatini 
Mzolo  
Ndhlumbi
Ingezi
Palawan Dam
Ngungunyane  
Narira 
Nkai
Esquilingwe Weir
Nyamunga
Nyamatara
Inyanga 
Rhodes Dam
Mare Dam
Inyazura
Biriwiri 
Lundi 
Lesapi Dam
Vila Salazar
Purdon Dam
Sabi  
Sabi North TTL
Prince Edward Dam
Seki TTL
Tiyabenzi Dam
Lower Impali Dam
Selukwe
Somabula
Mvurwi
Sikiro Dam
Tuli 
Tobgwe Dam
Tjolotjo
Udu Valley Dam
Rixon Dam
Three Sisters Dam
Frogmore Dam
Zawi
Shabani
Shabani Weir

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