Welcome to birding in Mashonaland


Miombo birding – a feature of Mashonaland – can be slow at times but there is nothing like suddenly being swamped by a ‘bird party’ or mixed species feeding flock, and not knowing where to look in the excitement.  In Harare there are many places to visit and these include miombo, vleis, dams and botanic gardens and reserves.  Further afield are wildlife areas such as Umfurudzi and Mavuradonha and the Selous area with reedbeds, dams, miombo, mopane and acacia woodlands.

Places to stay in Mashonaland.

Harare has no functioning camping or caravan facilities at present and the closest are at Lake Chivero.  A bird-friendly spot is Kuimba Shiri Bird Park, which has a camping site as well as A-framed thatched chalets.

On Lake Manyame there is Hideaway Fishing Camp with a range of accommodation options from camping to lodges.

Mbizi Game Park offers lodge accommodation close to Harare International Airport.



Mwanga Lodge is north of Harare, a game lodge and animal sanctuary set in miombo woodland and hills.

Hildemara is in the Trelawney area NW of Lake Manyame, on a game farm with chalets.

Bushman’s Rock is east of Harare, a vineyard with lodge accommodation in miombo woodland.

Gosho Park outside Marondera has a camping/picnic site and a bush camp - secretary@phg.co.zw is the email contact.

In the Marondera area is Imire with lodges and a bush camp. To download the Imire Bird Check List click here.  To see the accommodation, see Imire Sable Lodge.

Dunhu Ramambo (Selous) features Pamuzinda, Chengeta and Shumba lodges just one hour drive from Harare.

The Ngezi Recreational Park  has national park cottages and camping sites.

The Ngezi Recreational Park  has national park cottages and camping sites.

Hippo Pools Wilderness Camp in the Umfurudzi Park has lodges and a campsite set on the banks of the Mazowe River under large riverine trees.

Wild Geese Lodge is set within a private wildlife sanctuary offering thirty acres of indigenous garden and savannah overlooking the spectacular Mazowe Hills, yet conveniently located within fifteen minutes from Harare city centre.

For a convenient place to stay off Monavale Vlei Crake Cottage B&B on 11 Lyndhurst Road, Monavale, Harare. Tel. +263 4304 298. Email: Crakecottage@yoafrica.com