Sebakwe

Sebakwe Overview

Sebakwe Recreational Park is situated in the Midlands of Zimbabwe and is easily accessed by all regions of the country.

Initially built with a small dam, an enlargement project was undertaken in 1981 to increase the size of the lake. After the enlargement, the main wall including the spillway, had been lengthened from 225 metres to 305 metres. The maximum height of the dam was raised to 47,2 metres. Consequently, the maximum depth of the water increased from 33,3 metres to 39,4 metres. The surface area of the water body became 2 600 hectares from the original 1 510 hectares, making it one of the largest in-land dams in Zimbabwe.

 

Attractions

The cultivated lands along the route into Haroni/Rusitu are good for Blue-spotted Wood-Dove and in the past Southern Banded Snake-Eagle has been seen hunting in this area. Keep an eye out for Black-winged Bishop in these lands – previously very common but now difficult to find.

The forest starts just after passing the Vimba School and Black-bellied Starling is sometimes recorded in the trees at the edge of the forest – the only location in Zimbabwe where they have been seen. Green Malkoha are sometimes seen in the creeper tangles over the dead trees and a resident pair of Scaly-throated Honeyguide call regularly from the top of the hill. In the forest canopy look for Eastern Bronze-naped Pigeon, Green-backedĀ  Woodpecker, Chirinda Apalis and Stripe-cheeked Greenbul. The distinctive call of the Tiny Greenbul helps you to locate this elusive species in the undergrowth. Black-headed Apalis, Black-and-white Flycatcher, Whitetailed Crested Flycatcher and Pallid Honeyguide occur, but obviously in reduced numbers.Directions: The Haroni/Rusitu area is best approached from near Chimanimani.

About 10 km before Chimanimani, turn right just before the sawmill onto Nyahodi Road. At 5.2 km turn right and at 18.1 km turn left onto Ndima Rd. At 27 km turn left over the river bridge and follow your nose to the Vimba School at about 40 km from the tar. The Rusitu forest remnant is 1 km past the school and the Haroni forest about 10 km further on at the end of the road.

Accommodation

Lodges

Presently, the rest camp has two lodges: a single one-bedroomed lodge and another two-bedroomed lodge.

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How to get there

Access to the Park is gained from Kwekwe along the Mvuma Road. Visitors travel for 40 kilometres on tarred road then 10 kilometres on dirt road before reaching the turn-off to Sebakwe on the left. There is a further 8 kilometres of dirt road to the Park entrance gate. From Mvuma, the Sebakwe turn-off is 74 kilometres.

Activities

Fishing – the main activity
Boating – another major attraction
Picnicking
Game drives

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