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Top Choice Portuguese in Mutare

Portuguese Recreation Club

Given this old-school club was set up for the local Portuguese/Mozambique community (with an honor board dating to the 1950s), it's not surprising the peri peri chicken here is as good as you'll get anywhere. It has…
Park in Eastern Highlands

Chimanimani National Park

With its pristine wilderness, Chimanimani National Park is a hiker's paradise. Sharing a border with Mozambique, the park is still very wild and unspoiled, with picturesque landscapes, evergreen forest, cascading st…
Archaeological Site in Nyanga National Park

Ziwa Ruins

These National Monument ruins of communities who specialised in pottery date to AD 200 and are one of Zimbabwe's more impressive archaeological sites. The terraced hills are from ensuing agricultural communities fro…
National Park in Eastern Highlands

Nyanga National Park

Scenic and secluded, beautiful Nyanga National Park is 100km north of the Bvumba, the central mountains of the Eastern Highlands. Some parts may remind you of Scotland while others are reminiscent of Arizona. Nyanga…
Desserts in Bvumba Mountains

Tony’s Coffee Shop

Yes, US$12 is outrageous for a slice of cake but Tony's can justify it. The white-chocolate cheesecake with edible flowers is divine; enjoy it indoors by the fire or on the lawn looking out to fruit orchards. Coffee…
African in Bvumba Mountains

Terrace

There are a number of different restaurants, bars and lounges at the Leopard Rock Hotel, but the most scenic spot for lunch is the outdoor Terrace, which overlooks the golf course and grounds. It has international f…
Wildlife Reserve in Mutare

Cecil Kop Wildlife & Nature Reserve

Only 2km from Mutare, this low-key nature reserve is definitely worth a visit if you're hanging around town. Set over 1500 hectares, it's home to elephants, giraffes, zebras, a variety of antelope and monkeys. A sna…
Museum in Nyanga National Park

Rhodes Nyanga Historical Exhibition

The Nyanga Historical Exhibition is housed in Cecil Rhodes' (1853–1902) former stables in the grounds next door to the Rhodes Nyanga Hotel. It has a wonderful collection of his belongings, as well as some interestin…
Waterfall in Chimanimani

Bridal Veil Falls

The aptly named Bridal Veil Falls drop 50m in a delicate, fanned manner. It's worth a visit for its tranquil sanctuary location where you can swim at the base of the falls. It's 6km northwest of town, just over an h…
Spring in Chimanimani National Park

Tessa's Pool

A popular place to visit within the national park is this natural swimming hole. Also here are San rock art paintings, but drop by the Outward Bound School (a children's adventure camp that manages the area) first t…