700,000 in Zimbabwe (Chebanne and Nthapelelang 2000). Population total all countries: 850,000.
Matabeleland South and Matabeleland North provinces; southwest of Bulawayo and Botswana border area.
Jawunda, Lemba (Remba), Lembethu (Rembethu), Lilima (Humbe, Limima), Nyai (Abanyai, Banyai, Rozvi, Wanyai), Peri, Pfumbi, Romwe, Talahundra, Twamamba (Xwamamba). Talahundra has no remaining speakers. Peri are an ethnic group of Birwa and Tswapong assimilated into Kalanga and speak the Lilima dialect. Humbe are ethnically different from the Lilima but now share the same language. Reportedly similar to Karanga, Zezuru, and Shangwe dialects of Shona [sna].
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Most Kalanga are in Zimbabwe; most Lilima are in Botswana.