Chimanimani and Nearby Attractions

Chimanimani has many local and nearby attractions for the visitor.

Notable is the Bridal Veil waterfall, and close to the town is the Arboretum, Green Mount and Pork Pie Eland sanctuary– all offering attractive walks and vantage points from which to take in the wonderful views of surrounding countryside.

Bridal Veil Falls picnic and camping site is located within the Eland Sanctuary which is a small National Park. A relatively easy 5km walk from the village, or a short drive, and you arrive at the falls, which plunge 50 meters down a sheer rock face into an accessible, crystal clear pool.

Only 18kms drive away are the Chimanimani Mountains – the National Parks office provides the entry point for walks into the range and also has camping facilities. See below for current park entrance fees.

Take a day walk to up to The Hut and explore the immediate vicinity; or camp overnight – either in tents or in one of the many spacious caves dotted throughout the range. Ask directions from the Hut staff.

There are numerous hiking trails throughout the rugged Chimanimani range, offering something to suit all levels of exertion – with options ranging from 1-5 days dependent on one’s aspirations and energies. Local guides are available for longer hikes.

For adventure activities and thrill seekers there is the nearby Outward Bound centre situated at the foot of the mountain. It offers a range of activities and life-skill programs, accommodation and camping facilities, and access to Paradise Pools. (See link to website hereunder).

Nearby Attractions

Hikers not looking for the physical challenge posed by the spectacular climb up to The Hut may prefer to visit The Corner, literally in the northeast corner of the park; it is the only part of the National Park accessible by vehicle. The area borders Chikukwa village (approx. 35kms) with its famous permaculture centre. Visitors can relax at the picnic site at the foot of the Muhohwa Falls, take a plunge in the cool pools, or enjoy an exploratory walk in this area of outstanding natural beauty. The specialised ecosystem includes birds, insect life and flora endemic to the area. Some species are rare and only found here.

Other attractions in the Chimanimani Mountain range include the Nyakwaha and Haroni Botanical Reserves, as well as the Haroni and Mukurupiri waterfalls. This area is home to one of the last surviving populations of Blue duiker, a tiny antelope.

Entrance Fees for Chimanimani National Park   January-December 2014
The National Parks office is situated next to the filling station in Chimanimani village. Contact cellphone number:  0772 457 817  or  0772 953 586

Per Person Entry Fees: all Chimanimani Parks (The mountain & the Bridal Veil falls/Eland Sanctuary)
– Local Tourists: US$3
– SADC Tourists: US$8
– International Tourists: US$10

Per Vehicle Entry Fees: all Chimanimani Parks (The mountain & the Bridal Veil falls/ Eland Sanctuary)
-Sedan/Pick up Truck:
– Local Tourists US$3
– SADC or International US$10

-Minibus (less than 25 persons):
– Local Tourists US$15
– SADC or International US$30

Camping or Overnight Stay in the Mountain National Park: per person per night  (applies to Base Camp, Mountain Hut, Mountain Caves or Corner Camp)
– Local Tourists US$5
– SADC or International US$8

Bridal Veil Falls Camping:
– Local Tourists US$5
– SADC or International US$8

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