The clans and tribes of Zimbabwe

Last Updated: May 27th 2021

Exploring the clans and tribes of Zimbabwe

To learn about the clans and tribes of Zimbabwe please click on the links below. We have listed them alphabetically and as we write on them the link will become active.

  • Batsonga
  • Chewa
  • Chibarwe
  • Doma
  • Kalanga
  • Karanga
  • Koisan
  • Korekore
  • Kunda
  • Lozi
  • Manyika
  • Nambya
  • Ndau
  • Ndebele
  • Nsenga
  • Shona
  • Sotho
  • Tjwao
  • Tonga
  • Tsonga
  • Tsonga-Shangani
  • Tswa
  • Tswana
  • Venda
  • Xhosa
  • Zezuru


Just how many clans and tribes are there in Zimbabwe?”

When we first agreed upon having this page on our site we thought it would be easy enough to explore and write on. After all we imagined it would simply be easy enough to find publicly available content and reference that.

But as with all simple jobs it very quickly became clear to us that this was a topic that was larger and more complex than we could have possibly imagined.

What’s the problem?”

map of zimbabwe clans and tribes of zimbabwe

The beauty of Africa lies in the historical movements of people across the continent.

The Bantu language group is made up of about 500 related languages. It stretches across much of central and southern Africa today.

( Maps by WHP and George Chakvetadze, Alliance USA, LLC, CC BY-NC 4.0.)

And before the existence of man-made borders people migrated for widely varied reasons. And as with migration and settlement clans assimilate and take on cultural practices and languages of other clans.

So we have proposed a different structure for exploring the clans and tribes of Zimbabwe.

Your input counts

This page is an evolving project. It will take many years, but we hope we will learn something from all of you out there.

We will list the different indigenous clans and tribes within Zimbabwe at present. We welcome you to comment on the individual pages and get the dialogue going in terms of the structure of these different clans and tribes.

The Objective

The objective is to learn more about the different peoples of Zimbabwe and some of their history.

A lot of our history is trapped in oral traditional and folklore, and while the people of that lineage will know what these histories are, they are very often not passed on to other people.

Although we can only provide Shona language learning as that is our mother tongue, we are very interested in other languages and histories of people within Zimbabwe. If you feel you can contribute to language learning in your language or dialect please email Rose on

We are always happy for guest bloggers, translators, storytellers, or indeed any contribution you are able to make.

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