Zimbabwe Eastern Highlands

Superb hiking and exploration in remote Zimbabwe.

  • Matarazi Falls on the edge of the escarpment, Nyanga, Eastern highlands, Zimbabwe. © Cloete55,Shutterstock

    Matarazi Falls on the edge of the escarpment, Nyanga, Zimbabwe.

The scenically beautiful Eastern Highlands are in fact made up of three main areas. Nyanga Highlands to the north with undulating hills and tea plantations. The coffee plantations and lush green meadows of Bvumba Mountains are in the middle and Chimanimani Mountains to the south with more rugged countryside and jagged granite mountains. Together these stretch for some 300km forming the border between Zimbabwe and Mozambique.
The scenery is quite unlike the rest of Zimbabwe and the climate somewhat cooler. The result is a lush green landscape with rolling hills, verdant forests, valleys cloaked in mist, tranquil rivers, deep gorges, and beautiful cascading waterfalls. It is a huge contrast to the parched savanna you might expect to find in Zimbabwe.

  • Hiking:  This area lends itself perfectly to those with a love for the outdoors, it’s a hiker’s paradise. Chimanimani is popular for those who prefer a more rugged hike.
  • Horseriding:  Keen riders are drawn to Chimanimani National Park. This area is popular for exploring on a trusty steed.
  • Birds: The diverse landscapes attract a wide array of birds, keeping any keen birder on their toes. Nyanga National Park is a hotspot with over 300 species recorded.
  • Fishing:  Fisherman can fish for trout, a popular pastime in the Eastern Highlands.
  • Wildlife: There is some game to be found in the highlands, but the main attraction is the outdoors. Hike, play golf, enjoy the landscape, and get off the well-trodden tourist path.
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Zimbabwe Eastern Highlands

Matarazi Falls on the edge of the escarpment, Nyanga, Eastern highlands, Zimbabwe.

This is Zimbabwe less visited. It’s all about the scenery and the outdoors. Visitors here find themselves off the main tourist routes.

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