OSBORNE DAM RECREATIONAL PARK
Osborne Dam is the largest lake in the Manicaland region and is one of the major inland lakes in Zimbabwe. The large lake covers in excess of 2 600 hectares of land with a carrying capacity of over 400 million cubic metres of water.
The lake stretches for 16 kilometres up to the Odzi River and 15 kilometres along its Nyatande tributary. The lake is over 6 kilometres wide and 66 metres deep. The area's has a moderate climate with an average temperature of 24 degrees Celsius.
Facilities available at Osborne Dam include a rest camp and a camping site.
A rest camp with self catering lodges is located at a vantage point overlooking the lake.
The large camping site can accommodate 300 campers has braai facilities and electric points distributed at every other site and is an ideal location for fishing and boating tournaments.
• Fishing - one of the most popular activities. Bass Masters Societies view this dam as potential record catch territory. Anglers will most certainly enjoy this experience in the generally cool environs.
• Boating - the vast water body gives boating enthusiasts an expansive area to race or just cruise around.
• Birding - this an increasingly popular activity as the park has become home to a wide range of aquatic and terrestrial birds.
• Walking safaris - walking paths along the dam wall and around the shores, down the Odzi River and in the nearby hills (Mt Jenya) provide a wide range of scenery for trail enthusiasts.
• Game drive - there is a 102 kilometre drive around the lake which includes access to several of the nearby rural areas.
• Pony rides - pony rides around the lake shore can be arranged with the tourist office
• Windsurfing - Ideal conditions with a steady western breeze
• Canoeing - Beautiful inlets and waterways for the canoe enthusiast
Why Visit Osborne?
Wide array of water based activities
How to get to Osborne Dam Recreational Park
Access to the lake can be made from the Harare - Mutare road. Visitors will turn 36 kilometres from Mutare onto 20 kilometres of gravel road through Odzi farm lands, or by using the Koodoosberg Road off the Nyanga - Mutare Road.
NGEZI RECREATIONAL PARK
Ngezi Recreational Park is 6 326 hectares in extent of which 573 hectares are occupied by the lake. The recreational area is ideal for boating and fishing amongst a wooded backdrop, which is home to several species of antelope and smaller game.
The Environs of Ngezi
The Park is subject to highveld climatic conditions, which are generally hot and dry in summer and cold to very cold in winter.
Accommodation units located at Armchair Site consist of self-contained lodges with bedding, crockery, cutlery, refrigerator, linen, indoor water sanitation, electric lighting, hot and cold water and fully furnished.
There are 25 camping sites with skeleton shelters scattered throughout the Park. There are only toilets provided on these sites except for the Quarry site which has ablution facilities. Other campsites are found at Mitchell's Point, Storey's Point, Hammond's Point and Ventura's Point.
The caravan site located at Mitchell's Point has ablution facilities. Open ovens are provided for both campsites and caravan sites.
For conveniences, the nearest centres are at Kwekwe, Chegutu and Beatrice at least 80 kilometres away. Visitors should note that repair service, fuel, groceries, etc are only obtainable in these centres.
Attractions & Activities
• Fishing - excellent during summer months
• Boating is a major activity
How to get to Ngezi Recreational Park
To reach Ngezi Recreational Park take the Harare-Masvingo Highway and turn off at the Featherstone Police station. Continue along the narrow tar road to Featherstone and then take the strip road for approximately 8 kilometres. Turn off at a sign marked "Ngezi Recreational Park 35 miles". From this point the road is sign-posted to the Park.
An alternative route is to take the Harare-Bulawayo Highway and turn off at Battlefields, midway between Kadoma and Kwekwe. The distance from this point is approximately 80 kilometres. Please note that sign-posting in the rural roads around the Park are poor and roads may not be in the best condition. Visitors are encouraged to use four wheel drive vehicles or high clearance vehicles.