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Odzi is a small centre 32km West of Mutare. And 6km south of the main Harare Mutare highway.


Lat/Long: 18°58′S 32°22′E
Manica Province.


The name of the river is derived from Chimanyika, ku odza, or ku hodza - meaning to cause to rot. Sudden, heavy floods on the river wash out dead bodies, which then rot. [1]

The town was initially a railway siding in 1899.

Other information

It's proximity to Mutare meant it did not develop well as a separate commercial centre.
Tobacco and mix farming are the areas crops.
Petalite, Tantalite and tungsten ores are mined in the area.
Musangano Lodge offers accommodation.[2]
See Odzi Secondary School.

Further Reading

[3] [4]

  1. [Chief Information Officer, Lore and Legend of Southern Rhodesia Place Names] (Southern Rhodesia Information Service, Salisbury, 1960) Retrieved 8 November 2021"
  2. https://www.booking.com/hotel/zw/musangano-lodge.en-gb.html
  3. [Katherine Sayce (Ed), Tabex, Encyclopedia Zimbabwe], Tabex, Encyclopedia Zimbabwe, (Quest Publishing, Harare, 1987), Retrieved: 25 July 2019
  4. [Mary Akers (ed.), Encyclopaedia Rhodesia] (The College Press, Salisbury, 1973) Retrieved 8 August 2019"

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