Welcome to birding in Eastern Highlands


The eastern highlands is a very special area with a 260km long mountain chain running north-south along the Mozambican border. Rainforests clad the eastern slopes and receive orographic rainfall and moisture from the sea. Nyanga in the north leads to Mutare, the Vumba highlands are then broken to the south by the Burma valley and the mountains continue through the Chimanimani National Park to dramatically plummet down to the Haroni-Rusitu junction with its lowland forests. The Chipinge area further south has the unique upland ‘island’ of Mount Selinda. Just east of the Nyanga highlands lies the Honde Valley which runs into Mozambique and shares some lowland specials. These montane forest and grasslands, mountain peaks, gorges and waterfalls support 23 Afrotropical Highland biome species – and again a completely different set of restricted range birds like Chirinda Apalis and Roberts’s Warbler – and many more. See below for places to stay.

Nyanga has numerous holiday cottages and a few


hotels. National Parks also offers lodges, chalets and camping facilities.

Further south in Nyanga and on the lip of the escarpment at Mtarazi Falls is Far and Wide; they offer various cottages and camping facilities.

Also situated in Nyanga, Inn on Rupurara has 17 lodges some of which have spectacular views of the local mountains and valleys.

In the Honde Valley is the well-known Aberfoyle Lodge with 10 rooms.

Musangano Lodge is situated in Miombo Mountain Woodland close to Mutare. Lodge, chalets, camp site, full/self catering options available.

Situated on the western side of Vumba is White Horse Inn, an owner-managed country hotel.

Situated next door to the Bvumba Botanical Gardens, Forest Hills Resort offers different

choices of accommodation, swimming pool area and restaurant.

Seldomseen in the Vumba forests is a well-known birding orientated destination with 3 cottages and a lodge – an excellent local bird guide can take you birdwatching.

Madrugada in the Vumba is situated on the edge of its own forest – comfortable cottage accommodation.

Inn on the Vumba features four 2-bedroomed cottages as well as 18 suites.

The Frog and Fern is situated in Chimanimani amid the spectacular mountains. Accomodation comprises cottages and campsites.

The Farmhouse, a colonial farmhouse nestled in the hills of Chimanimani. Perfect for backpackers, campers and families.

Outward Bound Zimbabwe has a camp in Chimanimani. Contact them for activity (including birding) and accommodation details.