Located in the district of Sussundenga, in the Province of Manica, the Chimanimani National Reservespans Mount Binga, the country’s highest peak, close to the border with Zimbabwe. Created in 2000, it hosts a rich ecosystem, especially in the mountain regions, with rocky landscapes and unique plant, bird, reptile and butterfly species. The local community also preserves cave paintings, beliefs and ancient traditions that give the Reserve a cultural interest.
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You can reach the Reserve through the Machipanda border, the city of Beira (Beira corridor) from the city of Chimoio. The Reserve features several road connections with the North, Centre and South of Mozambique, as well as with Zimbabwe. You will find it best to drive a 4×4 vehicle.
There are direct flights from the city of Maputo to Chimoio. When you arrive at Chimoio, you should continue your journey to the Reserve in a 4×4 vehicle.
The climate is friendly for most of the year even though, in the Winter months, you must come prepared with cold weather clothing, since below zero temperatures are easily reached.
You have several activities to choose from, between hiking, climbing, horseback riding, photo safaris, canoeing, historic-cultural tourism, or simply bird watching.
You can stay Chikukwa, Mahate, Ndzow Camp or the camping site at the Nhahomba Gate.
The Reserve has a great diversity of plants and endemic species of birds, reptiles and butterflies. The cave paintings and yet untouched traditional structures are also some of the highlights. If you feel like walking, don’t hesitate to visit the Mussapa river. It’s a great place to relax.
You will see the buffalo, oribi, eland, blue duiker, klipspringer, bushbuck, suni, sable antelope, reedbuck, waterbuck, warthog and several bird and reptile species.
Mount Binga is the highest point in Mozambique, with around 2.436 meters, and is one of the most sought after tourist destinations.