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Chimanimani Mountains

Located 150km from Mutare, the mountains are a series of parallel ridges, 19 km wide and running north-south for 40 km.  The Chimanimani Mountains form a massive barrier of ancient and jagged peaks and deep ravines along Zimbabwe’s border with Mozambique.  The greater part of the mountains lies in Mozambique, and most of the Zimbabwean part of the mountain range is protected within the borders of Chimanimani National Park. The Chimanimani Mountains are composed mostly of sandstone, but it is distinguished by its huge volcanic peaks. These peaks stretch for fifty kilometres, and the main plateau reaches a height of 2,440m, dropping to 320m in deep gorges and river valleys.  The mountains are only accessible through a series of footpaths, and although the park provides only basic facilities, the breathtaking beauty and pristine environment of the Chimanimani Mountains make this a popular destination for hiking, rock climbing, camping and birding.  There are a total of 186 species of birds in the Chimanimani Mountains, including Laughing doves, larks, eagles, swallows and swifts.  There are also klipspringers, and a large, protected herd of eland, the largest of antelopes.

Chimanimani National Park is full of wild, natural beauty, an area of yellowwood and cedar trees, proteas and wild orchids, massed purple lassandria, bushes of wild sweet peas, clear mountain pools and several waterfalls.  The Bridal Veil Falls are a popular hiking spot, as is the nearby Chirundu forest, Africa's southernmost tropical rainforest.  Chirundu is home to many rare tree species, including cycads. There is also the aptly named “Big Tree”, a red mahogany that is more than a thousand years old, 70m high and 16m in circumference. Chimanimani Mountains climate is characterized by a fluctuation between dry winters and wet summers as is typical for tropical southern Africa. Most of Chimanimani rain falls between November and March. The high precipitation combined with low temperatures cause a typical tropical mountain climate. The temperatures range between 12 to 15 °C during the cold season and 18 to 26 °C during summer. Frost is not uncommon between May to October. 

How to get there
Access to the foot of the mountain range can be made by car from Chimanimani village. The gravel road can be described as fair and gives the visitor access to the base camp some 19km from the village. The game scout on duty will advise visitors on the best route to take into the mountains. These paths climb from the Base Camp at 1250m above sea level to the refuge hut which is situated on the West bank of the Bundi River about 1630m above sea level. Two or three hours should be allowed for this walk by any one unused to mountain walking.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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