MAPS – masses of them!

Where is Rhodesia?

How big is Rhodesia?

Click on the maps below for a large scale view – and then again for a really detailed look.

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Click above for an AA Road Report from the RBC read by Joy Cameron-Dow.

 

SHEETFALL –  1:250 000 SERIES

Click on the desired region to get a detailed map of that area.

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1:50 000 SERIES

A selection of some of the more interesting areas at 1:50 000 scale.

Bindura  Bulawayo  Chipinga  Gwelo  Fort Victoria

Inyangani   Juliasdale  Kariba  Kazungula  Lake Mac

Marandellas  Melsetter  Odzi  Rusape  Salisbury

Troutbeck   Umtali   Vumba & Banti  Worlds View (Matopos)

Vic Falls   Watsomba   Zimunya

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Commonwealth Scholar, 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

SHEET SD-35-16 MANA POOLS SHEET SD-36-13 KANYEMBA SHEET SE-35-3 BUMI HILLS SHEET SE-35-4 KARIBA SHEET SE-36-1 MANGULA SHEET SE-36-2 MOUNT DARWIN SHEET SE-35-7 BINGA SHEET SE-35-8 COPPER QUEEN SHEET SE-36-5 SALISBURY SHEET SE-36-6 MTOKO SHEET SE-35-5/9 KAZUNGULA SHEET SE-35-6/10 WANKIE & VICTORIA FALLS SHEET SE-35-11 KAMATIVI SHEET SE-35-12 QUE QUE SHEET SE-36-9 HARTLEY SHEET SE-36-10 UMTALI SHEET SE-35-14 DZIVANINI SHEET SE-35-15 NYAMANDHLOVU SHEET SE-35-16 GWELO SHEET SE-36-13 SELUKWE SHEET SE-36-14 MELSETTER SHEET SF-35-3 PLUMTREE SHEET SF-35-4 BULAWAYO SHEET SF-36-1 FORT VICTORIA SHEET SF-36-2 CHIPINGA SHEET SF-35-7 MPHOENGS SHEET SF-35-8 WEST NICHOLSON SHEET SF-36-5 NUANETSI SHEET SF-36-6 CHIREDZI SHEET SF-35-12 BEITBRIDGE SHEET SF-36-9 MESSINA SHEET SF-36-10 MALVERNIA

 

 

Extracts from two early maps of the Melsetter area.

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.

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 Moçambique 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.

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

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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Rhodesian Maps of Some Neighbouring Countries

Printed Copies of Maps

I have had a number of requests for printed copies of various maps.  I have had my own originals of these maps professionally scanned on a large format scanner (at no little expense!) so that I can present what you see on my web site.  Most of the maps are from high resolution scans and would print well. The problem arises in that they would require similarly large format printers to print to. I am afraid that as I do not have the necessary large format printer, I am not able to provide prints. In that regard, if you could find such a printer nearby, you would do best simply to download the map and ask them to print it but that might not be cheap for a one off.  Although, if you would be happy with A3 size, you could probably find an A3 size printer fairly easily and this might not be too costly. My other suggestion for those who seek a good quality printed map of Rhodesia is that you consider obtaining a copy of the Land Tenure Map an example of which you can see near the top of this page.

The Rhodesian Services Association, based in New Zealand, has had a batch of the land tenure maps printed at a reasonable cost. This map is very colourful and was used widely throughout Rhodesia.  If you click on my example, you will see the amazing amount of detail shown.

Only $60 NZ.  I think it will most likely be sent rolled in a tube. This what they say:
“This is a wonderful reproduction from a 30 year old map. It shows in detail the areas of European farming, TTL, APA, forest, National Park, rivers etc. This has been produced from a high grade scan and is far better quality and value than a similar item on the market. Measures 740mm x 670mm.”  And this is where to buy it:  http://www.rhodesianservices.org/posters—maps.htm

If you decide to buy one, please do mention my name or web site – although I get no commission!

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The Major Tribal Groupings 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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Place Name Changes

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.

Sorted by original name
Sorted by new name
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