Mountains of Zimbabwe
Mount Nyangani is the highest peak in Zimbabwe; it is located in the eastern part of the country often referred to as the Eastern Highlands, a mountainous region. The Mountain is found within a state-controlled wildlife park, the Nyanga National Park, a beautiful lush region characterised by cool temperatures. Mount Nyangani rises to a height of 2,592 metres (8,504 ft). Mount Nyangani is a challenging peak to overcome and it is not for the fainthearted.
Where to stay – Troutbeck Hotel, Pine tree Inn, Montclair, Mutarazi
The Vumba Mountains are located in the Vumba area which is just 30 minutes drive from the city of Mutare. The Vumba mountain range is shared between Zimbabwe and neighbouring Mozambique forming a natural border. The highest peak is known as Castle Beacon. Due to the high altitudes and low temperatures, Vumba is perennially green and it is also a great place to visit for birding and hiking. The area offers amazing views:
Where to stay – Hivu Cottages, Leopard Rock Hotel, and Seldomseen Cottages
The Chimanimani Mountains are located to the east of the country also close to the border with Mozambique. The mountains are located in a remote part of the country in a small town of the same name. It is Zimbabwe’s most popular hiking destination and is largely rugged terrain characterised by rocks, quartzite caves, natural pools and waterfalls. The area is a wildlife Park as well, an unspoilt expanse which is rich in plant life and due to its craggy relief most of it is only accessible by foot.
Where to stay – Frog and Fern Cottages
Mavuradonha is a mountainous region located to the north of Zimbabwe, specifically to the east of the Zambezi escarpment in Mashonaland Central province; 160 km north of Harare. Mavuradonha wilderness area was named a national heritage site in 2017 and it is a little known beautiful place. It is endowed with natural beauty and it boasts of great potential, for hikers, boasting of steep terrain and it is home to some wildlife including elephants and antelope. The mountains may also be of interest to those who are keen on butterflies and birds.
Where to stay – Mavuradonha Eco Wilderness Lodge