Eastern Highlands

The Chimanimani National Park, part of the Eastern highlands, is an incredible region running over 300 km’s from north to south forming a natural border with neighbouring Mozambique. The Eastern Highlands vary from the gentle rolling countryside near Nyanga in the north to the fierce granite spikes of the Chimanimani Mountains in the southern parts of Zimbabwe. The Eastern Highlands are a sparsely populated area; exploring this region on a safari of Zimbabwe can prove to be a fascinating discovery – the area is lush, undeveloped and rich with safari animals.

At the southern end of this exquisite Zimbabwean mountain chain, the volcanic peaks of the Chimanimani Mountain are sharp and jagged. Most of them can be conquered with little mountaineering skill and they are punctuated with hundreds of rivers, waterfalls and pools to entice bathers after a long day’s hike. Further south and in the central region of Zimbabwe, you will find the Bvumba Mountain, an archipelago of misty peaks, which provides amazing vantage points into Mozambique and Zimbabwe!

The Zimbabwean Eastern Highlands are also home to the Bvumba Botanical Gardens, which contains trees and shrubs that have been gathered from all over the world. Overlooking the giant water lilies on the ornamental Zimbabwean lake is a tea house which appears to all the world like an English cricket pavilion; uprooted from a village green in the Home Counties and replanted in the heart of Africa. This is all just a short drive away from the bustling Zimbabwean town of Mutare.

One of the highlights of the Eastern Highlands is the Bridal Falls of Chimanimani which is the second highest falls found in Africa. Just a little further from the Eastern Highlands, the hot springs of the Save River Valley (the valley of baobabs) can be found – at an altitude of less than 600 m. This Zimbabwean Eastern Highlands region even boasts an oasis in the desert offering a hot pool with water high in therapeutic minerals!

A short drive further south brings travellers to the Birchenough Bridge. This is a 300 m steel arch suspension bridge replicating the bridge at Sydney Harbour, again not far from the Zimbabwean town Mutare. The beautiful scenery of the Eastern Highlands is breathtaking and makes this a natural safari destination for people who come from all over the world to experience its splendour.

Of the many activities in this area, we recommend: hiking, swimming, golf, fishing and horse riding as well as shopping for local artefacts, sculptures and knitwear. The Shona and Ndebeli cultures are open to explore, and the people are gracious and accommodating to all who visit. Safaris to the Eastern Highlands are great all year round, if you want to climb one of the parts of the Eastern Highlands then we recommend travelling in the warmer months of the year.

Have a look at our Zimbabwe tours and lodges below….

Tours that pass by...

  • Bungee Jump Bungee Jump – Victoria Falls

    Experience the world-famous Victoria Falls in the most adventurous and unique way – with a bungee jump off the Victoria Falls Bridge.

  • Chobe Day Trip Chobe Day Trip

    The Chobe Day Trip will allow you to experience one of the most beautiful nature reserves in Southern Africa, near Zimbabwe, Zambia and Botswana.

  • Helicopter flight Helicopter Flight – Victoria Falls

    Jenman African Safaris offers you the chance to see the magnificent Victoria Falls by Helicopter flight to experience the ultimate birds-eye view of this breath-taking Natural Wonder.

  • Kruger experience Kruger Experience – Classic Package

    Enjoy a 4-day Kruger experience in one of Africa’s most popular national parks, the Kruger National Park. This adventurous experience offers the best game viewing opportunity possible with game drives through the park and optional bush walks, which allow you to get up close and personal with the wildlife of the Kruger National Park.

  • Cape Town experience Cape Town Experience – Classic Package

    The lively city of Cape Town has been named again and again as one of the top cities in the world to visit thanks to its wide range of activities, breathtaking scenery and variety of unique restaurants and markets. Explore all the amazing wonders that the Mother City has to offer this exciting 4 day Cape Town Experience. Enjoy your stay at the beautiful Sweet Ocean View Guest House, situated only 10 minutes away from the beach.

  • White Water Rafting White Water Rafting – Victoria Falls

    Enjoy a day filled with of adrenaline and action while white water rafting down the mighty Zambezi River within the Batoka Gorge.

  • Zambezi Queen and Hwange Package 2 Zambezi Queen and Hwange Package

    Experience incredible Zimbabwe in just 7 days; combine extensive wildlife viewing at Hwange National Park with pure relaxation and adventure while on a houseboat – the only way to experience the Chobe River.

  • Zambezi river canoeing Zambezi River Canoeing – Victoria Falls

    Experience a Zambezi River Canoeing adventure just above the Victoria Falls. Canoe with friends and family down the famous Zambezi River, for an exciting day trip!

  • Zambezi river Zambezi River Cruise – Victoria Falls

    Experience Victoria Falls on a sunset Zambezi River Cruise. This Zambezi River Cruise provides great game viewing of the Victoria Falls area!

Lodges nearby...

  • Camp Hwange - Hwange, Zimbabwe 3 Camp Hwange – Hwange, Zimbabwe

    Camp Hwange is situated approximately 180km from Victoria Falls and is ideally located on a private concession in the Sinamatella area, in the northern part of Hwange National Park.

  • Elephant's Eye - Hwange, Zimbabwe 4 Elephant’s Eye – Hwange, Zimbabwe

    Elephant’s Eye is a 4-star eco-lodge situated in Hwange National Park. Enjoy game drives in Hwange, explore our concession and enjoy our treehouse chalets.

  • Victoria Falls Safari Lodge Victoria Falls Safari Lodge – Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe

    The Victoria Falls Safari Lodge is perfectly situated as it is only 4 km from the magnificent Victoria Falls and year-round game viewing at the on-site waterhole.

  • Victoria Falls Safari Club - Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe 5 Victoria Falls Safari Club – Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe

    Victoria Falls Safari Club is located just 3km from Victora Falls town centre. Situated within magnificent grounds, the Safari Club offers uninterrupted views of the bushveld, wildlife and spectacular sunsets.

  • Victoria Falls River Lodge Victoria Falls River Lodge – Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe

    Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe – Victoria Falls River Lodge is a private game lodge situated on the banks of the Zambezi River, within the Zambezi National Park, close enough to the falls to be able to see the spray in the distance. The camp offers breath-taking game and bird viewing and each secluded tent has a private deck overlooking the river only 30 minutes from Victoria Falls town.

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