Darwendale recreational park is only 76 km west of Harare and it occupies a total area of 11200ha.Of this area, just less than three quarters is covered by the Lake Manyame water body.
Darwendale recreational park is only 76 km west of Harare and it occupies a total area of 11200ha.Of this area, just less than three quarters is covered by the Lake Manyame water body. The park was officially opened in 1976 after the construction of a 2 meter dam. The Great Manyame Lake is a home to vast aquatic species like the Mozambique bream ,tiger fish and the hunyani salmon. Approximately 3100 ha of the park is reserved for smaller and less dangerous animals, mainly herbivores such as sable, kudu, water buck, bushpig, reed buck, common duiker, warthog, baboon, vervet monkey, oribi and porcupine. The park sustains a variety of trees which gives the place a unique nature filled atmosphere.The tree species found in Darwendale include ;musasa ,munhondo ,mukarati, ficus, capensis, dicyrostachys, cinera, pseudolachnostlly,maprononeifolia,euphorbia ingens and diopyros.
The park has 2 self catering lodges overlooking the Great Lake .The lodges are located less than 2 km from the main entrance and have 2 bedrooms each. Each lodge has an open air braai point where visitors can catch the fresh water breeze rising from the sprawling lake.
The park has a communal camping site close to the boat launching point making it an ideal camping point for both fishing and water sport enthusiasts. There is an ablution block available for use by all campers.
The picnic sites are spread along the north-western shore of the lake. The beauty of the lake can be savored from the 10 rondavels at the picnic site. Each picnic rondavel has its own braai point.
The caravan sites are situated close to the camping sites and they both share the same ablution block.
|Daily conservation –day visitors||$3||$8||$10.00|
|Daily conservation-accommodated visitors||$1||$3||$4.00|
|Lodges (charged /unit/night)||$30||$45||$45|
|Vehicle entry fees (paid once)|
|Picnicking (per group)6 people max||$5||$9||$9|
Visitors to Darwendale recreational park should get their supplies and fuel from Norton which is approximately 11 km from the park. The park does not have a convenience shop.
The park is accessible through Norton using the Robert Mugabe Highway. At approximately from Norton 23km, you turn right on to the Darwendale road. It is about 11 km from the main Robert Mugabe highway. Alternatively, visitors can also access the park from Lomagundi/ Chirundu road. Drive past Nkomo and Nyabira to Darwendale Growth point.3 km from the Growth point; you turn left into the road linking the Growth point and Robert Mugabe Highway. The road is well signposted to guide you to the park.
The best angling spot in the world and the perfect environment for your fishing tournament with a variety of fish species that include the tiger fish , babel, parrot fish, bulldog, spot tail, bass robusters and African mottled eel.
Explore the lake throughout the year with an assortment of water sporting activities that revitalise your body.
Take that walk in the park and meet the wild, blend with the thrilling game.
Enjoy watching and learning more about the birds of Africa at Darwendale recreational park.
That peaceful and calm environment for weekend picnics supported by a refreshing view of the lake. Life cannot be better than this!!
Food stuffs, toiletry, fishing gear, linen and utensils for campers only. Visitors may also need to bring a camera and binoculars as additional equipment for more enjoyable moments.