National Park is a protected biosphere in a Manicaland province in Zimbabwe.
It is one of most popular destinations for hiking pristine
African wilderness. Chimanimani National Park is located in the
Chimanimani district along border between Zimbabwe and Mozambique. Chimanimani
are famous for its magnificent picturesque views and spectacular canyons
gorges. The tallest peak here is mount Binga on the Mozambican border.
It reaches an elevation of 2437 meters above sea level.
Chimanimani National Park is a popular hiking
destinations among tourist who visit the area. Many of the places inside
the biosphere are impossible to access by vehicle so hiking is the
only option. However, keep in mind
that during Independence War of Zimbabwe guerilla forces frequented the
area. They established numerous camps in the Chimanimani mountains and
left several mine fields in the area. So if you decide to venture into
these lands on your own take a map and don't venture from established
paths and trails.
Hiking trails on Chimanimani National Park begin at the
Mutekeswane Base Camp situated 19 km from Chimanimani village, last
large settlement in the area. Trails range in intensity and complexity.
The easiest hike is Banana Grove Track that can take 30- 50 minutes
depending on a pace. It takes visitors to the Skeleton Pass, a former
trail used by the guerilla forces that moved people and ammo between
Zimbabwe and Mozambique border. Bailey Folly trail on the other hand
takes about three hours to complete.
In addition to pristine nature Chimanimani National Park
is famous for rock art left by ancient humans that once lived here. They
left numerous paintings of humans, animals and abstract shapes that were
used during religious ceremonies.