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Chimanimani National Park

Chimanimani National Park

 

 

 

 

 

Description of Chimanimani National Park

 

Chimanimani 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 mountain massif are famous for its magnificent picturesque views and spectacular canyons and deep 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.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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