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Eastern Highlands

Zimbabwe’s Eastern Highlands is a mountainous region spanning 300km (200mi) along the country’s eastern border with Mozambique. The area contrasts markedly with the rest of the country in terms of the climate and scenery.

It receives more than the national rainfall average and its lofty heights are much cooler. The vegetation is lush and the terrain is more severe, with three mountain ranges to explore. This all means that the fauna and flora are very different, offering nature enthusiasts numerous opportunities for hiking, horse riding, fishing, and golf. The area is renowned in Africa for the diversity of birds, with many travelling to the area hoping to add rare species to their checklists.

Plan Your Trip

The Eastern Highlands of Zimbabwe offer such a diversity of activities, that it is well worth planning your route beforehand.  Or, ask a member of Africa’s Eden who will happily suggest an itinerary.  The Nyanga Highlands in the north is known for the granite outcrops, wide valleys and clear rivers.  Try your hand at fly-fishing, visit archaeological sites, or hire a bird guide to find that elusive LBJ.  The central Vumba Mountains are also a birder’s paradise, while golfers are in for a treat at the Leopard Rock championship golf course.  For avid hikers, the Chimanimani Mountains in the south offer a challenging yet magnificent selection of trails.  Horse riding is also a popular pursuit.  Don’t miss out on the southernmost tropical rainforest at Chirinda Forest Reserve, home of ancient hardwood trees.