Nyanga National Park

Nyanga National Park                   
Nyanga National Park is situated in one of the most scenic areas of Zimbabwe’s Eastern Highlands. Rolling green hills and perennial rivers transverse the 47 000 hectare Park. Altitudes between 1 800 m and 2 593 m provide cool weather and fresh mountain air, perfect for rest and relaxation.


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Nyanga National Park                          
With its stunning mountainous views, numerous waterfalls, varied activities and unique flora and fauna, Nyanga National Park will provide the visitor with an unforgettable holiday experience.
Wildlife; Wildebeest, kudu, zebra, waterbuck, impala, sable and other small mammals can be seen in the Park.

Seasons
Most of the Park lies at an altitude of between 2000 to 2500 metres and remains cool throughout the year. Maximum summer temperatures can reach 26 °C and minimum temperatures in winter can be as low as -3 °C.

Facilities
Lodges; There are lodges available at three camps in Nyanga National Park. The lodges are self catering facilities with fully equipped kitchen, refrigerator, stove and cooking utensils
Mare Dam; Located approximately 8 km from the Park entrance along a gravel road. Set amongst a beautiful pine forest, each of the lodges overlook the scenic dam
Rhodes Dam; Situated just inside the main Park entrance. The spacious thatched lodges are set in amongst the pine forest and face a tranquil dam.
Udu Dam; Lodges at Udu are set in an open area around Udu dam with rugged mountainous views and overlook beautiful stands of Acacia Trees.
Camping and Caravan Sites
Cooking facilities are available on wood fires. Ablution and toilet facilities are provided in communal blocks. Tents and camping equipment are not available for hire. Electricity is available at certain caravan sites.
Mare; The camping and caravan site is situated at the Mare River approximately half a kilometre west of the tourist office. The camp accommodates 40 caravans.
Nyangombe; The camping site is situated near the Nyanombe River. Entrance is approximately 3 kilometres west of Rhodes Tourist Office on the Nyanga Village Road. The site is well sheltered and has plenty of trees.

Amenities
There is a garage capable of carrying out repairs at Nyanga Village, 8 km away. All types of stores, fuel and a hospital can be found in the Village. Several fine hotels and lodges are situated in and around the Park.

Attractions
• Mount Nyangani – Zimbabwe’s highest point at 2 593 metres offers a challenging climb and spectacular views of the surrounding countryside.
• Nyangombe Falls – a beautiful series of cascading waterfalls located on the western edge of the Park, a 15 minute walk from the carpark.
• Mutarazi Falls – Mutarazi Falls is the highest waterfall in Zimbabwe and the second highest on the Continent. Visitors may leave their vehicles at the carpark and take a short hike to the edge of the escarpment for spectacular views of the waterfalls and the Honde Valley, some 800 metres below.
• Pungwe Gorge & Falls – view the Pungwe Falls from the scenic Pungwe viewpoint or drive through the Pungwe Drift for a closer view of the river and lush forest areas around.
• Nyangwe & Chawomera Forts – massive stone work with lintelled entrances characterize these fine examples of Nyanga ruins built some 400 years ago. Pit structures are also located within the Park.
• Trout Hatchery – the trout hatchery near Purdon Dam provides an up-close view of the source of game fish stocked in many of the Park’s rivers and dams.
• Nyamuziwa Falls – located just off the circular drive to Mt. Nyangani, Nyamuziwa Falls is a beautiful cascade waterfall with open highland scenery.
• Rhodes Museum – the Rhodes Museum is found near the Park entrance and is housed in part of Cecil John Rhodes’ Nyanga summer home.

Activities
Many exciting activities await the visitor to Nyanga National Park.
• Horse riding – along forest trails
• Fly fishing – the finest fly fishing in Zimbabwe can be found in many of the Park’s well stocked rivers and lakes including Mare, Udu, Rhodes, Gulliver and Purdon Dams. Bream fishing is also available at Udu Dam.
• Boating – another favourite activity - rowing boats can be hired at each dam
• Swimming – visitors can swim at Nyangombre pool where the clear, crisp Nyangombe River spills over natural rock slides. Visitors can also relax on the sandy beaches.
• Hiking trails & walks – numerous trails and paths provide lovely walks through both the forest areas and open highlands, many leading to beautiful waterfalls and scenic vistas.
• Game viewing
• Birding
 
Why Visit Nyanga?
• Scenic views
• Cool refreshing environment
 
How to get to Nyanga National Park
Nyanga National Park is located 260 km east of Harare. Visitors may take the Harare – Mutare Road east for 170 km to Rusape and turn left. Follow the Nyanga road for 90 km and turn right at the Main Park entrance.
From Mutare, visitors should take the Harare – Mutare Road west for 11 kilometres and turn right at the Juliasdale road. Follow this road for 85 km to the end and turn toward Nyanga Village. Turn right at the Main Park entrance, 13 km further.