Vumba Botanical Gardern

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Vumba Botanical Garden Overview

Vumba Botanical Gardens is located 32 kilometres from Mutare .The scenery in Vumba is that of high massifs, juxtaposed with lush green natural forests, vast plantations of pine and wattle, perennially flowing rivers, crystal clear upland rivers cascading down-slope and deep ravines. On   the belly of Vumba mountains are the Vumba Botanical Gardens, a must-see for all those who love peace and nature. The gardens are popular for botany lovers, retreat destination and an up-market wedding venue. It is a garden endowed with indigenous orchids and ferns punctuated by a network of footpaths that enable clients to navigate all the corners of the garden. The gardens are fit for a weekend retreat or even a single days retreat with a taste of flora and Unique fauna.

 

Featured Attractions

Flora

The well-wooded Vumba Botanical gardens park includes 159 hectares of landscaped gardens built around perennial streams that form a small lake and 42 hectares of Botanical Reserve. There are sheltered walks between indigenous fern trees leading to displays of banked hydrangeas, proteas and azaleas, begonias, lilies, aloes, fuchsias, cycads and many other species.

Vumba Botanical Gardens have strategically positioned flowerbeds encountered as one leisurely takes stock of the gardens. A superb collection of both the winter/spring and summer flowering varieties are available. To complement the annuals, herb garden, some roses, proteas, fuchsias, cycads, tea bushes, aloes, camellia, and palm sections have been set up.

 Birdlife

The bird-life around the garden and in the reserve attracts a number of visitors. There are several species of birds which can be recorded whilst strolling along the many footpaths.

Fauna

Also found in large numbers is the Samango monkey, blue duiker bush bucks and dwarf chameleons which is endemic to the Eastern Highlands.

Season

The garden lies between 2000 to 2500 metres above sea level and remains cool throughout the year. The garden experiences high range of temperatures with minimum temperature of -3 degrees Celsius and maximum of 26 degrees Celsius.

Accommodation

Park Fees

Amenities

How to get there

Coming from Harare, stay on the Robert Mugabe Road  through 2 traffic lights, past a service station and the Mutare Poly-technical College on the left. Turn right into Park Road . Go past the Beira turn off on the left and approach the Total garage (stop sign). Turn left onto Vumba road.

Follow the Vumba road up to Eden turn off about 17 kilometres and turn your left (follow Vumba Botanical sign).Proceed for 15 kilometres passing HIVU and turn left at Vumba Botanical Gardens .The Vumba road is very winding and especially dangerous in the mist, so please drive carefully.

Touring Activities

Scening viewing- Eastern Highlands is overflowing with life all year round. The lush botanical gardens and luxuriant forests are fantastic for walks, espeically for those interested in botany and bird watching. The mountains offer some spectacular views over the highlands and tropical lowlands of Mozambique . The mists of Bvumba mountains make it a great escape from the heat.

Bird watching-A variety of birds can be seen strolling the Garden

Mountain hiking at Vumba Hights

 

Game viewing – visitors use their own vehicles for transport.

  •  Fishing – visitors bring their own fishing gear and boats
  •  Walks – marveling at the splendor of the Falls is, of course, the prime activity of the area. Visitors should plan on viewing the Falls at several different times, as the ever-changing mist and light can afford spectacularly different views throughout the day.
  •  Scenic views.
  •  Boat cruises – daytime and sunset cruises on the Zambezi River.
  •  Moonlight viewing – an unique opportunity to view the Falls and the Lunar Rainbow which takes place during periods of the full moon.
  •  other activities include: guided tours, bungee jumping, whitewater rafting, helicopter and micro-light flights over the Falls, tribal dancing, etc.

What to take with you

Camping equipment if possible, picnics items, food staffs, Also useful are, Binoculars, Camera, guide books,

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Zimparks guns down hippo in Nyanyadzi

August 31, 2017August 31, 2017
Inset from Zimpapers. THE Zimbabwe Parks and Wildlife Management Authority last week shot dead a hippopotamus that was damaging winter wheat in Nyanyadzi. The hippo, which had a calf, is believed to have escaped from Save Conservancy. ZPWMA ordered the shooting of the hippos after traditional leaders in the area reported that it was damaging crops and endangering lives. ZPWMA officer, Mr John Danfa, said they were still hunting for the calf which is believed to have found habitat along Save River. “Usually hippos move up and down rivers during the rainy season. We believe the two escaped from Save Valley Conservancy. They were both females and they do not usually click if there is no male. “They are believed to have separated. We received reports from traditional leaders in Hot Springs and Nyanyadzi that these hippos were feeding on wheat and crops in their fields.” “People’s lives were endangered so the authorities ordered its killing. The first time we attempted to kill it, it was in the company of so many cattle and could not do anything. Our officer teamed up with villagers to track it until last week when it was shot down in Nyanyadzi”. The officer is said to have fired 12 shots before the hippo died. The meat was shared by villagers. One of the villagers in Dirikwe village, Mr Tapiwa Munyati, said: “This hippo was becoming a threat to human lives in the area. It was being spotted near homes at night. “There are vegetable gardens along one of Save River’s tributaries where it was being spotted.“We were told that hippos do not like light and the danger was that lives would have been lost.” “A villager survived death by a whisker recently when the hippo strayed into his homestead.“He went out of his house to investigate when his dogs were barking. He had a torch and the hippo advanced towards him. “Fortunately he managed to escape the attack and notified other villagers and the village head. We are appealing to the responsible authorities to make sure that the remaining one is also killed,” said Mr Munyati.