Established in 1998 by the CAMPFIRE programme, the facility is located in Hurungwe District, on the boarders with Gokwe District, on the shores of Sanyati river just after the confluence of the Chiroti and Sanyati Rivers. It is 71 km from Hurungwe along Bumi hills road.
Management of the facility: The project constitutes of four villages of 2400 households and two representatives from each village constitute the ward committee, chaired by the councilor. The resource monitors also seat in the committee which has seven members. For a number of years the facility was managed in partnership with a private operator who conducted both hunting and photographic safaris. From 2010, the operator withdrew and the community is now wholly responsible for managing the camp. The camp staff is made up of six workers, camp attendant and 4 resource monitors. The Hurungwe RDC Natural Resources officer is also responsible for overseeing the management of the site.
Accommodation – Sanyati bridge camp has camping facilities and 4 self catering chalets (round thatched huts).
Access – Accessible by road, 71km from Hurungwe RDC on the Bumi Hills Road. Needs rough terrain road.
Amenities – Mobile telephone network coverage, no electricity on the camp. There is a kiosk at the site, which normally offers cold beers, soft drinks, cigarettes and other smaller things. The kiosk is currently not functional.
Attractions - the camp offers visitors attraction in the form of a variety of wild animals and birds. Sanyati River itself has attractive gorges namely, Mahwindo and Manyenyedzi. The buffer zone offers beautiful scenery from the green vegetation.
Activities – Tourist can also enjoy fishing, camping, canoeing, safari hunting and 4x4 game drives
Awareness – Appears on the CAMPFIRE and STEP Websites and also promoted by the Hurungwe RDC.
Main Challenges: The facility dilapidated after an operator Hurungwe safaris withdrew operations from the facility. The project used to be assisted by CAMPFIRE and Hurungwe RDC for its marketing and promotion of the attraction especially when it was used as a base camp for hunting safaris. From the interview it was noted that the community lacks management skills which is the core for any successful business. Future Prospects: The facility requires a number of renovations noted as follows:
- Renovations of the hut.
- Ablutions with water system as so far they are using blair
- Running water as there is borehole water.
- Need to improve the reception area.
- Need electricity/ solar power.
- Strategic planning for the camp
- To be registered with ZTA
- Community and leaders need training on tourism issues.