General Information About The Eastern HighlandsStretching for 300km down the eastern side of Zimbabwe, bordering Mozambique, are the Eastern Highlands – the combined name for three ranges of hills and mountains – the rolling countryside and tea plantations of the Nyanga range; the granite peaks of the Chimanimani Mountains; and the green meadows and the coffee plantations of the Bvumba range. These areas are sparsely populated, making it a peaceful place to visit. It enjoys a cool, wet climate providing relief from the higher temperatures of the lower lands. Hidden within the rolling landscape are great little places to stay, beautiful scenic drives, fantastic walking trails and magnificent sights. Distances here are small, but differences in landscapes are great. To the north of the Eastern Highlands, the hills are covered in rolling heath-land. This reminded the first European settlers of Scotland, so they created lakes, planted forests of fir trees, and introduced trout to the streams. Now known as the Nyanga National Park, much of this area was the private estate of Cecil Rhodes. The Nyanga range is home to Mount Nyangani, the highest mountain in Zimbabwe (2595m). It is a good area for walking, with plenty of mountain trails, varying from gentle strolls to challenging hiking routes. Some lead to deep gorges and tumbling waterfalls (including Mtarazi Falls, which at 725m is one of Africa's highest), others lead up mountains or to spectacular vistas. There are even serene lakes where you can relax with a picnic or hire a boat. South of Nyanga National Park, the botanical gardens at La Rochelle are en route to Mutare, the region's centre, just off the spectacular Christmas Pass. South of the town are the luxuriant cloud-forests of the Bvumba Mountains, which have views into Mozambique. Here the Bvumba Botanical Gardens are a very special attraction, commanding ethereal views over rolling mists (Bvumba means mist in the Manyika language), and the start for gentle walks into the surrounding valleys. This Bvumba area is also known for its boutique soft cheeses and fine coffee, so the delicious food found here is no surprise. Continuing south, the scenically diverse Chimanimani Mountains are a destination for dedicated hikers. The granite spikes can be climbed and the fresh streams and pools are ideal for cooling off after a hard day's hiking exploring the rivers and valleys. The area is also home to many species of flower, making it popular with botanists.
Activities in The Eastern Highlands
- Scenic Tours
- Horseback riding
- Game viewing
Rhodes Nyanga Hotel Eastern Highlands Zimbabwe
Built as a holiday cottage in the 1800's by Cecil John Rhodes and converted into a hotel in 1933, the Rhodes Nyanga Hotel is a 24 roomed resort that offers a truly African experience. Set in manicured gardens with breathtaking views from a veranda overlooking the lake, the hotel is furnished in true colonial fashion and boasts rondevals which are westernised versions of the traditional African hut - a style popularised during the turn of the century.
Pine Tree Inn Eastern Highlands Zimbabwe
Pine Tree Inn is situated in the mountainous region of Nyanga, Zimbabwe. Set in a beautifully landscaped garden, the Inn overlooks the majestic mountains and hills of the Eastern Highlands with it’s indigenous woodlands as a backdrop
Musangano Lodge Eastern Highlands Zimbabwe
Tucked away amidst the magnificent green hills of Africa, Musangano is a mere three hours drive from Harare and half an hour from the border town of Mutare. It is ideally located for exploring the attractions of the Eastern Highlands like the Vumba Mountains, Nyanga National Park and Honde Valley. When you feel like stretching your legs, there are a variety of activities at hand on site and nearby to suit all ages and interests. Furthermore we offer the rare opportunity to organize trips into the neighbouring communities so that the visitor can get a first-hand experience of the lives of Zimbabweans today.
Holiday Inn Mutare Eastern Highlands Zimbabwe
Holiday Inn Mutare is within an easy drive of the city and close to some of the most spectacular tourist attractions such as Mount Inyangani; the Hot Springs Resort, the magnificent Bvumba Mountains and the Botanical Gardens
Aberfoyle Lodge Eastern Highlands Zimbabwe
After driving through the beautiful Honde Valley and the Eastern Highlands Tea plantations you arrive at what has to be one of the best kept secrets in the world. Aberfoyle Lodge is situated in a very special part of Zimbabwe. With rolling tea plantations, riparian forests and the Nyamkombe river surrounding the lodge, you feel as though you are in an oasis of true serenity.