A paradise for hikers! You can do overnight trips starting at Base Camp, or day trips. Facilities are minimal, but that is part of the adventure. To access you need a 4 x 4 or a good pickup truck. The views are different than those in Nyanga and Vumba. This is raw nature. Nothing rolls here, things peak right up to heaven so it seems. A hidden gem is The Corner, ask the locals how to get there, it is on the access road to the Cashew valley road. Haroni and Rusitu Forest reserves are worth visiting as well, especially for birders.
We love Chimanimani, its skies, its peaks, its trails and its independent people.
You can do an unguided walk (3 hours) through Indigenous Msasa woodland down to the magnificent Bridal Veil Falls. This is an easy walk unless you choose to climb to the very top of the Falls, which needs an hour extra.
Alternatively you can do a light stroll into the small centre of Chimanimani, bustling with people doing their thing, with in the background the ever present peaks of the mountains.
The most well-known walk is the guided or unguided walk from Base Camp to the Hut: first a 40 minute drive to the base of a massive mountain, from there, using sparsely marked trails, you go up, mostly through steep riverbeds, sometimes on all fours. It takes about 2 to 2.5 hours, to reach the top. The views are breath taking, and it is worthwhile all the efforts. The descent down takes also 2 to 2.5 hours. It is a heavy challenging walk.
When you are keen to get a taste of the quartzite mountain, you can drive to Outward Bound (about 30 minutes) with a packed lunch. From there you are guided to the Mangowe waterfalls. This is 3 hour walk, moderately strenuous. At the end of that walk you can take a cool dip in Tessa’s Pool and see the San paintings, before returning to the village.
We also designed a guided walk where you will meet local people, the Greenmont walk.
Along the ridge from above the Hotel, going west, you come down through Ngangu township and to the golf course, meeting with the proud, independent and welcoming Matsetso people and walking up through their village.