Mahenye Ward is situated in southeastern Zimbabwe along the border with Mozambique. The Save River forms the southern and western boundaries of the ward and separates the communal lands of Mahenye from Zimbabwe’s Gonarezhou National Park.
Management of the facility: Joint venture partnership between the Shangaan Community in Mahenye Ward and a Private operator. The private operator has the day to day management of the facility. Locals employed on the facility.
Accommodation – 8 thatched chalets on an island on Save River
Access – Accessed 55 km from the off the Chiredzi Mutare highway mostly gravel road.
Amenities – facility provide basic amenities to meet emergency visitor needs. Facility is also covered by mobile phone network.
Attractions – Scenic views, Falls and Pans, Save River, Wildlife and unique flora
Activities – Game drives and walks, scenic drives, bird watching, canoeing
Awareness – Marketed by private operator. Appears on several websites and exhibited at various national and international tourism marketing expos
Main Challenges: Low tourism activity, capital to diversify, Save River siltation, poaching, slow development of tourism in Gonarezhou National Park, a major pull of visitors to the area.
Future Prospects: Enhancing the culture product