Ngezi

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Ngezi Park Overview

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 Park is subject to highveld climatic conditions, which are generally hot and dry in summer and cold to very cold in winter.

The Recreational Park was constructed in 1945 to supply water to the thermal power station at Munyati. The Ngezi River squeezes through the Great Dyke in a narrow gorge and forms a good natural site for a dam. To the west the wooded rolling hills of the Great Dyke crowd the horizon, along the lake are marshes and rolling plains of Highveld msasa.

 

Featured Attractions

  • Fishing is viable through the year, bass, bream and tiger are caught.
  • Boating is a major activity with power boats permitted, beware rocks when the water is shallow.
  • Game viewing includes and smaller game.
  • The vegetation is influenced by the close proximity of the Great Dyke, but the climate is typical of the
  • Highveld with a hot and dry summer and mild cool winter
  • Lodges are very affordable with good views over the lake
  • A variety of birds to watch
  • Tranquil accommodation facilities
  • Archeological site
  • Tales of the sacred hill
  • Nature walks
  • Entertainment
  • Ice cold beverage
  • If you need a weekend’s break in the country where you can hear the hippos snorting in the lake at night and watch the banded mongoose chasing each other over the rocks by day; or take a drive and spot a shaggy waterbuck ignoring a group of vervet monkeys, then Ngezi might be the place to visit.

Accommodation

Lodges

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.

Camp Sites

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.

Caravan Site

The caravan site located at Mitchell’s Point has ablution facilities. Open ovens are provided for both campsites and caravan sites.

Park Fees

Amenities

Amenities

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.

How to get there

From the main Harare -Bulawayo national road (A5) 80 KM from Harare, reach the  Selous roundabout, turn left off the national road toward Ngezi Mine. On reaching 75 KM immediately after Zimplats processing plant, turn right onto gravel road to detour around Ngezi Mine.  Follow the signs to Babobab Stadium and thereafter connect into Ngezi signage from Turf, Ok Zimbabwe Turn off.  Drive down the lane for 1 km and reach a T junction at Wanganui High school. Turn left into the dirt road and drive for 13 km until reaching Ngezi Recreational Park entrance gate.The road as far as Ngezi Mine is excellent thanks.

From the Harare- Masvingo national road (A4) distances are from Peg 52 just before Further stone police station.  On reaching 29 KM  from Harare turn right travelling north west, 46.3 KM turn left at the National Parks sign, 76.83 KM turn right at the junction, 82.6 KM turn left, 104.1 KM turn right at the intersection, 105.2 KM arrive at Ngezi Recreational Park entrance.

Activities

  • Fishing from the bank or boat during summer months, bass, bream and tiger are caught.
  • Boating is a major activity with power boats permitted, beware rocks when the water is shallow.
  • Game viewing includes antelope and smaller game.
  • The vegetation is influenced by the close proximity of the Great Dyke, but the climate is typical of the
  • Highveld with a hot and dry summer and mild cool winter
  • Lodges are very affordable with good views over the lake
  • Scenic views.
  • Magnificent Lake view

What to take with you

  • Fishing equipment including baits
  • Complete camping equipment
  • Enough fuel
  • First aid kits
  • Food stuffs if opting for self catering

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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.