Reminiscent of the Scottish Highlands and the English Moors, the Eastern Highlands boasts Zimbabwe’s longest mountain range. The Nyanga, Mutare / Bvumba and Chimanimani mountains span the ranges eastern spine for three hundred kilometres, separating the Zimbabwean Highlands from the Mozambican flood plains. The pine forests and mountain lakes of the Nyanga National Park lend themselves to the gentle pursuits of trout-fishing, horse-riding, hiking and golf. Tourists with a penchant for adventure can opt for a breathtaking river rafting trip along the Pungwe River.
In the Bvumba area sites include the Mbiga Falls, Bvumba Botanical Gardens, Bunga Forest Botanical Reserve, Hivu Nursery, Mutare Museum, Mutare Heights, Lake Alexander and the Smallbridge Dam. The Leopard Rock Game Reserve is home to impala, wildebeest, zebra, nyala as well as kudu. There is also a world famous golf course at Leopard Rock Hotel.
This is a breathtaking part of the country where you will experience a cooler and wetter climate, rolling hills, streams and rivers and mountain forests. For those who enjoy hiking and fresh mountain air this is definite must on your Zimbabwe travels.
The moist climate is ideal for planting tea, coffee and hardwoods. However, much of the original vegetation remains, especially at higher altitudes, which are not suitable for farming. Large areas of the Highlands are protected, including the 171km2 Chimanimani National Park and Nyanga National Park.
The variety of different types of habitat results in a richness of animal life too. Animals found in the Highlands include Blue Monkey the SamangoSykes’ Monkey, East African Little Collared Fruit Bat and Marshall’s Pygmy Chameleon