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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