Lake Chivero Recreational Park

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Lake Chivero Recreational Park Overview

Lake Chivero is a reservoir on the Manyame River. It was formerly called Lake McIlwaine in memory of Sir Robert Mcllwaine, a former judge of the High Court and founder of Zimbabwe’s soil and water conservation movement.

The lake is southwest of Harare, along Harare Bulawayo road en-route to the left after travelling 37 kilometres from Harare just after Hunyani Bridge. The lake was opened to the public in 1952. The dam wall is 400 metres long. The lake holds 250 000 million litres of water and it covers 2630 hectares, also the lake is the main source of domestic water for Harare residents and irrigation purposes. Some of the fish species that are found in the lake are Common Grass Carp, Read breasted bream, Cat fish, Nile bream and it is regarded as one of the most important lakes in Zimbabwe.

For Central reservations:

Telephone Details

WhatsApp: +263 776 134 164

Calls: +263 242 706077/8 or  +263 8677 707627

Email Details


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The Game Park was created in 1962 covering 3 470 hectares and it harbours white Rhinoceros, Giraffe, Zebra, Impala, Kudu, Tsessebe, Ostrich, Eland, Sable, Baboon, Velvet Monkey, Bush pig, Rock hyrax, Scrub hare, Bush squirrel, Duiker, Warthog, Civet, Genet, Black backed jackal, porcupine, pangolin, Bush baby, Night ape.

It is  also a paradise of birds such as African open bill stork, Barbets, Bee eaters, Buzzards coots, Cormorants, Doves, Hamerkops, Jacana, King fisher, Grey heron, Grey herons, Goliath heron, fish eagle, Gloss starling, Lilac breasted roller to mention the few. The park has rock paintings which existed approximately 100years back.   Aesthetic view of the park brings back the sense of Eden.


Lake Chivero’s accommodation facilities range from chalet to standard and executive lodges to suit the different tastes and preferences. The place accommodates 84 people per night excluding campsites which makes it suitable for group outings and events. All lodges and chalets are self catering and are well furnished with electric cookers as well as cutlery and crockery .Bedding is also available in all rooms.

There are exclusive lodges situated about 1 kilometre from the Main Office which are :

  • Kingfisher,
  • Mockingchart
  • Fisheagle

The Hornbill is also an executive lodge situated near the tourist office. It accommodates 6 people per night and has a spacious living room that can be used as a conference facility for small groups of about 30 people.

Standard lodges

  • Stonechart
  • Sunbird
  • Lodge 9 and 10


  • 1 bedroom chalets:- 1, 2,3,4,5,6,8
  • 2 bedroom chalets 11,12,13,14,15,16,17,18,20

All chalets have an external ablution facility.


Breath taking camping space is also available to all campers. Please note that camping gear is not provided.

Park Fees

                             Conservation  fees
Fee Locals






Daily conservation –day visitors $30.00 $8.00 $10.00
Daily conservation-accommodated visitors $20.00 $3.00 $4.00
                     Accommodation (charged /unit/night)
Single chalet $400.00 $30.00 $30.00
Double chalet $700.00 $45.00 $45.00
Standard lodges $1000.00 $75.00 $75.00
Executive lodges $1200.00 $86.00 $86.00
                     Touring activities
Horse riding $5/person /hr             $15.00 for 30 minutes     $20.00/hr/person
Fishing $30.00/day $10.00 $10.00


The park is only 11 kilometres away from the highway where one can get supplies and gas. There is also a small grocery shop which sells non perishable goods for customer convenience.

How to get there

The lake is southwest of Harare, along Harare -Bulawayo road en-route to the left after travelling 37 kilometers from Harare just after Hunyani Bridge. The road is clearly sign posted from the turn off to the lake’s main office. After travelling 3 kilometers you will get to the Main Entrance Gate.

When travelling from Bulawayo, turn to the right after 7 kilometers from Norton.

The road condition is normally above average even though it is a dirt road. However, during the rainy season, parts of the road get easily soaked. Once in the park there are some side roads that may need a four wheel drive vehicle during the rainy season.


The place offers an array of activities which include the following:

  • Game drives

For outdoor lovers who enjoy the adventure of the park, the wild and the untouched environment.

  • Scenic viewing

Perfect for your rest and restoration, the place has a wonderful lake view that heals the mind, refreshes and fills your heart with peace and reawakens that special love for couples.

  • Game walks ( walking trails)

Life changing walk in a nature filled environment, being welcomed by the untamed game. The walks are accompanied by a professional and trained ranger for your safety and some useful tutorials about life the park.

  • Fishing

The best fishing experience is what Lake Chivero offers, with more than 12 fish species, fishing can be more fun. It has 5 fishing sites that are open to fishermen throughout the year.

  • Horse ridding

Experience the thrilling moments enjoyed by all equestrians with our well groomed horses. A ride to the Fairy land for all children that adds meaning to the beautiful journey of life.

  • Canoeing

A blissful  mini cruise powered by the calm waves in the lake, just for your enjoyment.

  • Weddings

Have that garden wedding of your dreams at the lake shore in best natural environment ever.

  • Picnic

The most popular and captivating picnic sites include the public mooring, Bushman’s point and waterbuck.

What to take with you

Camping equipment if possible, picnic items, food stuffs and fishing gear. Also useful are, binoculars, a camera, guide books.

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Telephone Details

  • Samkange (Tourist Officer) : +263 713 600 696   [Bookings]

Email Address

Postal Address

The Area Manager
Lake Chivero Recreational Park
Private Bag 962

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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.