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Nyanga National Park

At dawn I was woken up by the beautiful singing of the birds, howls of the dogs and my inner screaming of what was ahead of me. I got into a rented car filled it up with gas, got a bunch of snacks and hit the bumpy road. I was heading to another National Park called ‘Nyanga National Park’, which is located on the other side of Zimbabwe, an eleven hour drive. To lose time I watched the sunrise while listening to some european music.


The Nyanga National Park is one of the most scenic areas of Zimbabwe's eastern highlands which I saw for myself when I arrived. When you got out of the car you could feel the cold breeze with the sun shinning on you heating you up. I was staying in a very interesting hotel called ‘The Rhodes Nyanga Hotel’ running since the early 1900s. It has 24 rooms, a bar, restaurant and conference facilities. The reason why it is so interesting is because it used to be a museum called ‘Rhodes-Nyanga museum’.

Checked in, dropped of my bags and went on a scenic but yet very challenging climb to the top of Mount Nyangani. Mount Nyangani is Zimbabwe highest point at 2,593m which offers a challenging climb and spectacular views for the daring. The climb was really tough with inclines and declines but it was worth it. When you reach the summit of the mountain you will feel really small, you can see the vast hills and crevices which laid ahead.


After the shiveringly spectacular climb I headed to Nyangombe Falls. Series of cascading waterfalls located on the western edge of the park, a 15 minute walk from the carpark. During walk to the waterfalls I saw a variety of animals such as the Waterbuck, Wildebeest, Kudu, Zebra, Impala and Sables. When I arrived it was truly something spectacular, I felt like I was in Victoria Falls this was due to the drilling noise the cascading water emitted. Finally to cool off, I headed to Nyangombe pool where clear, crisp meanwhile Nyangombe River spills over natural rock slides - which was a really relaxing night.


Posted by joan.. 08:08 Archived in Zimbabwe

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