The Federation of Rhodesia and Nyasaland

by Ralpapajan

The Federation was dissolved at the end of 1963. Fifty years ago next year. This article shows what the former territories are like now ~ just as beautiful as then. Come along.

I lived in the Federation of Rhodesia and Nyasaland. I visited all three territories, Although I am a Rhodesian and Rhodesia is no more my heart still remains in that area of Africa. It is my intention to visit my old home next year during the fiftieth anniversary of the End of the Grand Experiment as it was called by the Federal Prime Minister, Sir Roy Welensky.

Why don't you come along with me now to see what I will see in actuality; what I saw in years gone by and the country I have never stopped loving,

The three territories that made up the Federation of Rhodesia and Nyasaland.

Rhodesia ~ now Zimbabwe

Much has been written in the Media about Zimbabwe. However, what has not been showcased is the incredible natural beauty of the country and the wonderful friendly spirit of her people.  

I hope to show the world via this article just how beautiful the country is in reality.  

By showing the beauty of the Country I hope to encourage people from all over the world to consider visiting her for, by so doing, they will experience at first hand the beauty of her peoples.


We start our tour at the World Famous Victoria Falls, so named by the Scots explorer and missionary David Livingstone.  

In the local language it is called Mosi-oa-Tunya ~ the Smoke that Thunders. When one walks in the Rain Forest, generated by the Falls themselves one can understand why.  It is an experience not to be missed.

This particular image is from Made in Zimbabwe ~ why not visit the site.

This URL shows the entire Victoria Falls Area from above and is one of the best I have seen of that natural phenomenon.  A Virtual Tour of Victoria Falls showing Zimbabwe and Zambia  I hope you enjoy taking a Flight of Fancy! Play around with the controls to zoom in and out.

Hwange National Park

Heading South we come to the Hwange National Park.  The name was changed from Wankie at the advent of Zimbabwe.  This is a fantastic place to visit and a 'must see'.

Whilst I lived in my country I visited this park often,  It is well worth your time. In the meantime why not take a Cyber Visit here?

Easy Voyage UK

Alternatively for more photos have a look at this site: AfriZim.  It is a short YouTube video of the various animals one can see.  



Bulawayo is the second largest city in Zimbabwe.  It was originally sited where Chief Lobengula had his Royal Palace. 

It is well worth a visit.  

I first visited the town, as it was then, in 1948.  Later on I was stationed at the nearby Llewellyn Barracks to complete my basic Army training.

This photograph is from ~

The Travel Guide to Victoria Falls


Rhodes Grave, Matopos National Park

 Rhodesia was named after the British Adventurer  Cecil John Rhodes.  The photo is of his grave in the Matopos National Park south of Bulawayo. Rudyard Kipling, the British poet wrote of him.~

"Living he was the Land and dead his Soul became her Soul."

This photo comes from Easy Voyage ~ UK Why not visit their site for more information. 

Jacaranda Trees Harare


 No visit to Zimbabwe is complete without a week or so in and around Harare ~ or Salisbury as we called it ~ This photo was taken by  Scott Holcomb and is from his Flickr Album.

Have a look here ~ Scott is a great Photographer.



 We are now heading north towards Zambia via Kariba Dam.  We missed out a huge amount but in my defence it is a big country.  I hope I whetted your appetite enough to visit.

Kariba Dam


And this is Kariba Dam on the Zambezi.

This is from a site actually dealing with Zambia

Guide for Africa ~ Zambia ~ or as we called it Northern Rhodesia

And so we bid a fond farewell to Zimbabwe.



The three territories that made up the Federation of Rhodesia and Nyasaland. (Cont'd)

Northern Rhodesia ~ now Zambia

I will be dealing with Zambia in a slightly different manner.  All information is from the Official Site of ZTB ~ Zambia Tourism Board 

This site will show you all you need to see and tell you all you need to know about visiting the country.  It is one of the best sites I have come across anywhere in my own travels whilst seeking information.

Their Blurb accurately sums up the tenor of the site.

The land of the legendary
African walking safari,  
the Victoria Falls, 
the wild Zambezi River, 
breath-taking lakes 
abundant wildlife, 
and raw, pulsating wilderness, 
all in one friendly country

My photos have been accumulated over some years. As there is no real need for other than the official ones I just show two that really appeal to me.

Waterfall 1
Lake Tan 3


 Left:The tallest waterfall in Zambia                     Right:Sunset over Lake Tanganyika.

 The best views and details you can get are on the website of ZTB! Why re-invent the wheel?

The three territories that made up the Federation of Rhodesia and Nyasaland. (Cont'd)

Nyasaland ~ now Malawi

 Once again I am not going to re-invent the wheel.  Malawi has many attractions and the Tourism Guide will show you them all far more efficiently than I am able. 

 Travel Malawi ~ The Official Tourism Guide

Go here and browse ~ it is an exceptionally well designed site. 

Welcome to Malawi!

The Warm Heart of Africa is beating faster now and the legendary welcome is there for all who wish to experience the unrivalled combination of Lake, Landscape, Wildlife & Culture in one of Africa's most beautiful and compact countries.

This site is brought to you by members of Malawi's travel and tourism industry - accommodation providers , tours & safari companies, car hire & air charter firms. Everything you might need for your holiday in Malawi.

For a comprehensive, FREE Tourism Information Pack by post or email, click here 

Monkey Bay

Bay 2
















Some scenes in Malawi

And there we have it a whistle-stop tour of the territories that made up the now defunct Federation of Rhodesia and Nyasaland


Updated: 08/21/2012, Ralpapajan
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WriterArtist on 05/15/2013

These places are really beautiful, a step closer to "Nature" - the images make it obvious. Beautiful countries !!!

Tolovaj on 01/13/2013

Amazing photos. World is a beautiful place, we too often forget that simple fact. I don't know if I will ever manage to visit Rhodesia, but I suppose this article is second next best thing. Thank you!

Ralpapajan on 08/21/2012

When was that Anne? Whereabouts were you? What were you doing? Fabulous country!

annieangel on 08/21/2012

I lived in Zambia for 3 years - thanks for taking me back - great photos

Ralpapajan on 08/21/2012

It was a wonderful place to grow up. A pity politicians spoilt it. Sir Roy was a friend to me ~ in that I knew two of his nieces well.

katiem2 on 08/21/2012

I love all the pictures, brilliant images (especially the bright smiles) that made me feel like I was there myself. Thank you for the adventure into the federation of Rhodesia and Nyasaland. There is so much going on in this great big magnificent world.

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