Mushandike Sanctuary

Mushandike Sanctuary Overview

Mushandike Sanctuary is a conservation area whose purpose is to provide a multiplicity of activities that include game farming, game viewing and recreation. The Sanctuary also shares premises with the Mushandike Natural Resources College.
Occupying about 13 360 ha, the area is dominated by Brachystegia (miombo) woodland, open grassland and rocky outcrops. The Mushandike Dam occupies an area of 417 ha.

Mushandike Sanctuary boasts a wide array of predominantly plains game species. Animal species one can look forward to seeing include; kudu, common duiker, sable, waterbuck, klipspringer, steenbok, Sharpe’s grysbok, tsessebe, blue wildebeest, impala and warthog. The area is also very rich in birdlife.

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WhatsApp: +263 776 134 164

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

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The Sanctuary operates throughout the year and has a camping and caravan site that can be used by visitors. Facilities are equipped with fireplaces and communal ablution facilities.


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The nearest conveniences are located approximately 25 kilometres away in the city of Masvingo.

How to get there

The Sanctuary lies about 25 kilometres from the city of Masvingo. From the city, one follows the Bulawayo Highway and turns left at the signpost to the Sanctuary. Please note that after the turn, the road becomes gravel to the Sanctuary.


•    Boating
•    Fishing
•    Walking safaris
•    Game-viewing
•    Picnicking

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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.