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 snake park is also planned. There's a good diversity of habitat ranging from forested areas and grasslands to gullies.

Lonely Planet's must-see attractions

Nearby Zimbabwe attractions

1. Mutare Museum

2.14 MILES

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…

2. Chinamapere Rock Paintings

8.28 MILES

Depicting animal and human figures, these rock paintings are thousands of years old (exact dates vary) and are thought to have been left by the San people…

3. Geology Museum


This collection of rocks highlighting the local geology is probably less interesting than the handsome colonial building in which it's housed – it dates…

4. Vumba Botanical Gardens & Reserve

12.97 MILES

Established in the 1940s, these botanical gardens comprise 64 hectares of indigenous and introduced plants. The lush grounds are a pleasant place to walk…