Expert Reviews – Nyanga NP
Ariadne is a renowned African wildlife photographer whose work is featured in many well-known guidebooks and magazines.
Nyanga, the garden of Cecil John Rhodes
This scenic area in the Eastern Highlands is excellent walking country. This isn’t a pristine park though. Unfortunately a lot of the indigenous vegetation has been cleared in the past for farming and forestry. The birding is good, but I haven’t seen any other wildlife. Samango monkey, baboons and reedbuck are the animals you’re most likely to see. The park is also home to the little blue duiker, but you would have to be very lucky to spot one. There are several walks available taking in waterfalls and other points of interest. I walked to Nyangwe Fort, one of several mysterious ancient ruins within the park.
Paul is a travel writer, author of the Bradt guidebook to Zimbabwe and is closely involved in promoting tourism to Zimbabwe.
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This is a great park to come to after a lengthy vacation in hot, dusty, open game viewing vehicles when you’re dying for some cool mountain air, but don’t come for big game viewing because there isn’t any. Golf, trout fishing and hiking will keep you busy, the scenery’s lovely (if you can ignore the forestry plantations) and there are some great places of historic interest but it’s not a safari destination. Having said all that, if you’re a keen birder this, along with other places a little further south in the Eastern Highlands (notably the Bvumba area) is truly one of the continent’s hotspots. You’ll need a specialist guide to locate your wishlist deep in the indigenous woods and forests (also home to the charming Samango monkey) and needless to say the best birding is during the wet, summer season but you certainly won’t go home disappointed.