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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...

Park in Eastern Highlands

Chimanimani National Park

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...

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...

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....

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....

African in Bvumba Mountains


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...

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...

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...

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...

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)...

Viewpoint in Nyanga National Park

World's View

A National Trust site, World's View is perched atop the Troutbeck Massif (2000m), with broad views of northern Zimbabwe. There's also a gallery showing local artists. It’s 11km up a winding, steep road from...

Cave in Chimanimani National Park

North Cave

A 30-minute walk north of the mountain hut, North Cave overlooks a waterfall and opens onto views of the highest peaks. Above the waterfall is a pool, perfect for a teeth-chattering dip if you need some refreshment.

Mountain in Chimanimani National Park

Mt Binga

The highest point in the Chimanimani Range is the 2437m-high Mt Binga on the Mozambican border, a stiff three-hour climb from the mountain hut site. Carry plenty of water.

Cafe in Mutare

Cafe 1 Eleven

With its inviting open-air deck and outdoor garden, this is a nice place to while away a morning or afternoon with Eastern Highlands coffee, sandwiches, T-bone steaks and other classic Zimbabwean fare.

Waterfall in Nyanga National Park

Mtarazi Falls

This is Zim's highest waterfall. Falling from a height of 762m from an impressive escarpment, it trumps Victoria Falls by 300m and is number two in Africa. It's at its peak from February to May.

Museum in Mutare

Mutare Museum

Definitely worth popping your head in to see what exhibit is showing at the time. The museum also has a permanent collection of vintage cars, artefacts and displays on anthropology and zoology.

Viewpoint in Chimanimani

Eland Sanctuary

While you'd be very lucky to spot any elands these days, it's still worth the trek up here for splendid views of the mountainous surrounds. It's 4km north of town.

Pub in Mutare

Legion's Club

Mutare's best spot for a drink is this historic social club that attracts a mixed crowd of all ages.

Gardens in Bvumba Mountains

Vumba Botanical Gardens & Reserve

Established in the 1940s, these botanical gardens comprise 64 hectares of indigenous and introduced plants. The lush grounds are a pleasant place to walk among streams, ponds and cycads, proteas and lillies....

Church in Chimanimani

Chimanimani Anglican Church

This historic church featuring lovely stained-glass windows, and believed to be several centuries old, was shipped here from London in 1960.