ora and fauna.
This 33 000 hectares of land is another Cecil Rhodes bequest and the stone farmhouse, that is today the Rhodes Nyanga hotel, was his mountain retreat. The National Park itself is named after Sanyanga, a local n’anga (medicine man) from the early nineteenth century.
There are plenty refreshing waterfalls within the area, with pleasant hikes to find them, including Zimbabwe’s highest waterfall The Mutarazi Falls. A more strenuous hike is up Zimbabwe’s highest point, Mount Nyangani and at 2 593 meters offers a challenging climb and spectacular views of the surrounding countryside.
Beside the majestic views, refreshing waterfalls and strenuous walks Nyanga offers many exciting activities. Some of the finest Trout fly fishing in Zimbabwe can be found in many of the Park’s, private rivers and lakes, all of which are kept well-managed and stocked. Leading in and out of the forest are numerous trails and paths which can be explored via horseback, providing viewing of the amazing birdlife and game that are ever present throughout this region.
The one thing anyone visiting Nyanga is guaranteed to experience is a warm and friendly welcome by the local residents. So hopefully after reading this, the next question on your mind will be when the best time is to visit Nyanga? The answer to this will be – when can you travel there? Nyanga is not seasonal so why not plan your trip soon and experience the magic this mountainous region has to offer.
Inns of Zimbabwe
Inns of Zimbabwe is the country’s only hotel group to have its origins and operations in the Eastern Districts and has brought to the area a strong reputation for excellent cuisine and standards of accommodation.
Inns of Zimbabwe celebrates its 15th anniversary this year, marking the completion of its first decade of operation. When the group was formed, there was only one inn. Today there are five inns, four of them in the Eastern Districts and one in South Africa.
The Eastern Districts is an exciting and varied holiday destination, for local and international travellers and the group is uniquely positioned to give visitors easy access to the full range of its attractions – from the Lowveld in the south to the mountains further north. The South African operation serves a dual role of providing Zimbabweans with a friendly stopover point on their way to and from South African holidays or business trips.
The inns in the group each have their own characters, with common themes linking them and giving them their Inns of Zimbabwe family feel. The group has a policy of offering dinner, bed and breakfast rates and of not charging differential pricing for foreign visitors. Inns of Zimbabwe emphasises in each of its units excellence in service standards and cuisine, warm, homely comforts in rooms and public areas and the best features of a Zimbabwean welcome. Dining rooms at each of the inns are open to casual guests wanting lunch or dinner, or guests staying at the inns for all their meals.
The group runs a benefit scheme for Zimbabweans, known as the InnSider Card, which gives holders 20 percent discounts for payments at any of the inns, as well access to discounts with other hospitality organisations in Zimbabwe and South Africa.
Rupurara – Z$28 521 pppn sharing all meals, accommodation and 2 activities
Pine Tree – Z$15 730 pppn DBB
Children sharing with adults stay for free.
Reminiscent of Scottish highlands and English moors, rather than tropical Africa, the Eastern Highlands make up the longest mountain range in the country. Nyanga lies on the north end of this mountain chain and with its stunning mountainous views, numerous waterfalls, varied activities and unique fl