The reserve was created by Decree 34/2003 of 19th August 2000. It is situated in the province of Manica, district of Sussondenga the highest point in the country – Mount Binga 2454 m high on the border with Zimbabwe. It covers an area of 1000 km2.

The Chimanimani National Reserve (CNR) is situated in the Sussundenga district, Manica Province.

640 km 2

Access to CNR is possible by road, either from Chimoio city or via a road, from the airports of the cities of Tete, Chimoio and Beira. It is advisable to travel in a 4×4 due to the state of the roads.
Best viewing season: Throughout the year. During the winter months (June to August) the temperature scale can fall below zero degrees Celsius.

Basic campsites are available in Chikukwa and Mahate.

The CNR has an intact ecosystem and rich in biodiversity especially in the mountainous areas, esthetically salient landscapes, archaeological tools, (rock paintings), intact beliefs and traditional structures. It has a great diversity of species of plants and endemic birds, reptiles and butterflies.

Buffaloes, bushbucks, grey and red duiker, oribis, elands, reedbucks, blue goats, sable, waterbuck, warthog, cinereous kids, kids of rocks, imbabalas (female bushbuck), changanes, pala-palas, changes, pivas and facoceros (phacochoerus aethiopicus). A wide variety of birds and reptiles, many of which are endemic to the area.

Viewing Hours:
The CNR can be visited daily from 7h30 to 16h30.

The CNR protects a series of ecosystems of great value, including prairies and high mountain vegetation. It has favorable conditions for the practice of various activities: Mountaineering, safaris, canoeing, equitation and cultural tourism. The CNR is part of the Chimanimani  Transfrontier Conservation Area

Chimanimani  National Reserve : source