The Eastern Highlands are a 300km range of mountains forming a natural border between Zimbabwe and Mozambique. This awe inspiring mountain range is made up of three sections – Nyanga (to the north), Bvumba (centrally located near the town of Mutare), and Chimanimani (to the south).
These regions are all sparsely populated and are covered in rich grassland and forests – drawing visitors for it’s beautiful misty mornings, fresh mountain breezes and warm log fires!
The climate is generally cool and wet, making it ideal for growing plantation type crops, plus giving rise to numerous streams and waterfalls dropping hundreds of feet down the steep mountain sides. Large areas of the Highlands are protected, including the 171km2 Chimanimani National Park, which is a hiker’s paradise, and the 47,000-hectare Nyanga National Park featuring Zimbabwe’s highest peak and Africa’s waterfall.
The Eastern Highlands provide perfect terrain for horseback riding, hiking, golfing and fishing for those keen to take in the fresh mountain air, and offers a relaxing add-on to their Zimbabwean experience.
Why We Like it
This is an incredibly scenic part of Zimbabwe and very different from the savanna and bush found in the traditional game-viewing areas. There are several good hotels and lodges to choose from. For the more energetic clients there are numerous activities on offer, hiking, golfing, horse riding, mountain climbing and trout fishing to name a few, For those clients not just wanting a safari – it gives a pleasant and interesting break to game-viewing.
Leopard’s Rock Resort, Inn on the Vumba, Troutbeck Inn, Inn on the Ruparara are accommodations in the Eastern highlands. – As there are no flights to the area the best way of seeing the Eastern highlands is either on your own doing a self drive trip (the distances are not long) or by joining a pre-booked tour/safari with one of the operators who visit here. Travel Wild can help you with both these options and choose the best hotel or lodge to suite your needs.