Highest peak of Zimbabwe

Trip Start May 03, 2011
Trip End Jan 31, 2013

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Martin and Rosie's place

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Sunday, August 14, 2011

The highest mountain of Zimbabwe is close to the Mozambican border so ofcourse I couldn't resist. The mountain is called Nyangani (2592 m) and lies in the Nyanga National Park about 90 km's north of Mutare. I went by bus and only carries my bag with tent, sleeping stuff, water, bread, banana's and peanut butter. Enough to survive for 2 days I guessed. I went by bus to Nyanga National Park, dropped my bag at the main office and went with my plastic bag to the mountain. It was a 15 km walk which took me a bit less than 3 hours and I saw nobody except for some baboons. The environment was a bit disappointing since there was little green and a lot burned down earth. Apparently it was not the right time to visit since I've heard good stories from Martin about the park.

When arriving at the bottom of the mountain I saw a a car and on my way up I met with Martin and Rosie, father and daughter from England. They were so kind to wait for me so I could get a ride in stead of walking 3 hours back so lucky me. The climb by the way was not very challenging and not really worthwhile. It took me a bit more than an hour to get up and about 45 min to get down.

Because I didn't really had a plan they invited me to go to Worlds View (a nice viewpoint) and to a house they lived 15 years ago. Martin told me he was a teacher and lived in Zimbabwe with his 6 children during that time. I spend the evening (including dinner) at the cottage they were staying which was very big and lay in a nice environment. That's the beauty of traveling alone, you meet so many people and are flexible to just go along.

Practical stuff

-        If you want to climb the mountain try to start early so you can do it in 1 day. The probability that you can get a lift (instead of walking 3 hours) is also higher. You pay $10 for park entry and $10 for camping and it is not allowed to camp in the park.

-        After I did my hiking I heard that lions and cheetah's live in the park so maybe it's better to get a guide or a ride to the starting point of the mountain. 
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