Osborne Recreational Park

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Osborn Recreational Park Overview

Osborne dam is the largest lake in Manicaland region and is one of the major in land lakes in Zimbabwe .The lake covers about 2600 hectares of land with a carrying capacity of over 400 million cubic metres of water .The lake stretches 16 kilometres up to the Odzi river and 15 kilometres along its Nyatande tributary .The lake is over 6 kilometre wide and 66 metres deep.

The Lake was built from 1991 up to 1993 and was commissioned by his Excellency, the President of Zimbabwe comrade R. Mugabe in 1994.

The area’s climate provides a break from the chilly temperatures in the region with an average temperature of 24 degrees Celsius. It is characterised with a lakeshore breeze blowing westerly and this entails blowing away mosquitoes away from the area hence malaria is rare in this area. Moreover, the wave is a marvel to somebody in the boat.

 

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Osborne dam is the largest lake in Manicaland region and is one of the major in land lakes in Zimbabwe .The lake covers about 2600 hectares of land with a carrying capacity of over 400 million cubic metres of water .The lake stretches 16 kilometres up to the Odzi river and 15 kilometres along its Nyatande tributary .The lake is over 6 kilometre wide and 66 metres deep.

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

How to get there

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.

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.

Touring Activities

1.  Fishing

One of the popular activities .according to the Bass Masters societies views this lake as potential record catch territory. Anglers will most certainly enjoy this experience in the generally cool environments. Tilapia breams ,Oreochromis Massambicus,Oreochromis Machrochir ,robustus ,bass,clarias garipunas,labeo cylindricus.They were about 7 fishing cooperatives operating in the lake but three have remained.(Gonde ,Local fisheries and Decade fisheries)

2. Boating

The vast water body gives boating enthusiasts an expansive area to race or just cruise around.

3. Birding

The park has become a home to a wide variety of aquatic and terrestrial birds

4. 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.

5. Game drives

There is a 102 kilometre drive around the lake which includes access to several of the neighbour rural areas. Wildlife available are the eland, impala, kudu, waterbucks, sables, bush pigs and monkeys

6. Wind surfing-Ideal conditions with steady western breeze

7. Canoeing

Beautiful inlets and waterways for the canoe enthusiast

What to take with you

-Camping equipment

-Binoculars

-Camera

-Boats

-Canoes

-Fishing rods

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