L1 users: 1,610,000 (2012). Total users in all countries: 1,634,800.
Matabeleland North and Matabeleland South provinces; Bulawayo area; Midlands and Mashonaland West provinces: Gokwe South, Kwekwe, Gueru, Shurugwi, Mberengwa, and Kadoma districts.
3 (Wider communication). Recognized language (2013, Constitution, Article 6(1)).
None known. Reportedly similar to Zulu [zul].
Latin script [Latn].
Different from Ndebele [nbl] of Transvaal, South Africa.