What to See & Do

Mutare is known as the secret gem of Zimbabwe as it is located near many of Zimbabwe’s outstanding attractions and it is also the gateway to the Indian Ocean. The region is characterised by mountainous terrain and lush green forests, and many Zimbabwean locals refer to it as 'Kumakomoyo' (place of many mountains). The city of Mutare city has wide streets, old shops and friendly people. Mutare also has three public parks for children and travellers to enjoy as well as the Mutare Museum which dates back to 1954. The museum, which is one of Zimbabwe’s four National Museums, has a fine collection of vintage cars, carts, steam trains and antique weapons, informative displays on local history, flora and fauna and geology as well as a large aviary. Near the museum is an even older building – the Turner Memorial Library which dates back to 1902.

Mutare is also the nearest town to the popular Bvumba Mountains, which can be found approximately 25 km south east of Mutare. This area of Zimbabwe combines beautiful scenery, with casino hotels, golf courses, and a smattering of quaint country lodges and hotels. Climbers of the Bvumba Mountains will come across the beautiful Botanical Gardens, laid out in a sprawling 30 hectares of land filled with beautiful, fragrant flowers and shrubs, including colourful hydrangeas, fuchsias and begonias, as well as fringe forests of banana groves, avocado and mango trees.

Although small in area, the Bvumba Mountains is a ‘must do’ for avid birdwatchers and home to variety of uncommon and even rare bird species, as well as some of the rarest butterflies in the region. The Bvumba Mountains is best known as one of the main breeding areas of Swynnerton’s Robin, which lives and breeds in small patches of forest.  A smaller number of mammals inhabit the Bvumba, perhaps the most notable of which are the leopard and the samango monkey. There are also baboons and several antelopes in this region. Savannah woodland adjoining the Mozambique side of the range is also home to several rare reptiles. Golfing enthusiasts will enjoy the Leopard Rock Hotel’s championship golf course and its spectacular mountain setting.

The Nyanga National Park is a vast wilderness area and one of the first places to be declared a national park in Zimbabwe. The park was established as Rhodes Inyanga National Park as a bequest by Cecil John Rhodes, and nearly doubled in size in the 1990’s when most of the Inyanga Block was purchased.

There are a variety of fun filled activities that one can enjoy at Nyanga National Park, including; fishing, pony trails, guided walks and game drives. This Zimbabwean national park also includes an abundance of safari animals, such as; wildebeest, waterbuck, impala, eland, buffalo, lion, leopard, hyena and much more.

Nyanga is a great all year holiday destination. If you are interested in kayaking and river rafting down some of the most magnificent rivers in Zimbabwe, then the best months to visit Nyanga are between August and December when the water levels are lower. If you are interested in general scenery and plant life then the best times to travel to Zimbabwe are between December and May.

Adjoining Nyanga National Park’s southern border is the Mtarazi National Park, where you will find the Mtarazi Falls. At 762 metres it is Zimbabwe’s highest waterfall (and Africa’s second-highest). This beautiful two tiered granite waterfall overlooks the imposing Honde Valley boasting the most amazing displays of water-sprays… The top tier is almost hidden from view making the bottom and longer tier the main focal point. Travellers can explore the surrounding forest area and then relax near the base of the Mtarazi Falls to witness the powerful splashes

Or why not visit the relatively unknown Pungwe Falls. Made up of a series of cascades twisting through a narrow gorge, this undiscovered Zimbabwean waterfall is truly magnificent and spectacular adding to the splendor of Zimbabwe. Although the waterfall is much smaller than the Mtarazi Falls (it is only 243 metres high), the speed of the water as it plunges through the mountains is extremely fast.

Adventurous travellers that visit Nyanga can try climbing Mount Nyangani, the highest mountain in Zimbabwe. Situated only 15 km away from the Nyanga village the mountain measures a massive 2600 metres. This area is one of the most popular mountains in Zimbabwe, perfect for walking trails and hiking. A 2 - 3 hour hike will take you to the summit where you can enjoy the beautiful views of the Nyanga National Park below.

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