The Rhodes Nyanga hotel has been operating since early 1900s and it consists of 24 rooms, bar, restaurant and conference facilities. Historically the hotel has the Rhodes-Nyanga museum with some of the furniture Cecil John Rhodes owned. The hotel is situated in the Nyanga National Park.
Nyanga National Park is situated in one of the most scenic areas of Zimbabwe’s Eastern Highlands. Rolling green hills and perennial rivers transverse the 47 000 hectare Park. Altitudes between 1 800 and 2 593 meters provide cool weather and fresh mountain air. Lower temperatures are usual in Nyanga with summer temperature around 26 degrees celcius and winter measuring -3 degrees celcius. The park is located about 268 km from Harare.
There are three rest camps namely Rhodes, Udu and Mare. These Rest camps offer the visitor spacious thatched self catering two and one bed roomed lodges with a fully equipped kitchen. There are camping and caravan sites, well sheltered by acacia trees.
Mount Nyangani – Zimbabwe’s highest point at 2 593 metres offers a challenging climb and spectacular views of the surrounding countryside.
Nyangombe Falls – a beautiful series of cascading waterfalls located on the western edge of the Park, a 15 minute walk from the carpark.
Mutarazi Falls – Mutarazi Falls is the highest waterfall in Zimbabwe and the second highest on the Continent. Visitors may leave their vehicles at the carpark and take a short hike to the edge of the escarpment for spectacular views of the waterfalls and the Honde Valley, some 800 metres below.
Pungwe Gorge & Falls – view the Pungwe Falls from the scenic Pungwe viewpoint or drive through the Pungwe Drift for a closer view of the river and lush forest areas around.
Nyangwe & Chawomera Forts – massive stone work with lintelled entrances characterize these fine examples of Nyanga ruins built some 400 years ago. Pit structures are also located within the Park.
Trout Hatchery – the trout hatchery near Purdon Dam provides an up-close view of the source of game fish stocked in many of the Park’s rivers and dams.
Nyamuziwa Falls – located just off the circular drive to Mt. Nyangani, Nyamuziwa Falls is a beautiful cascade waterfall with open highland scenery.
Rhodes Museum – the Rhodes Museum is found at the Rhodes Hotel.
Road conditions within the park vary – check with National Parks staff on arrival. Generally unsuitable for low clearance vehicles.
How to get there
The park is just about 10 minutes drives from the Nyanga town were banks, hospitals, supermarkets, pharmacies, and other social facilities are found.
How to get to Rhodes Nyanga Hotel
From Harare- take the Harare Mutare Road for 170 km to Rusape and turn left. From Rusape, follow the Nyanga road for 90 km and turn right at the main park entrance. From Mutare- take Harare- Mutare road for 11 km and turn right at Juliasdale road. Follow this road for 85 km to the end and turn right towards Nyanga village and then right at the main park entrance.
Getting Around Zimbabwe : Reference http://www.lonelyplanet.com/zimbabwe/transport/getting-there-away
From Harare : ZUPCO (704933; Road Port Terminal, cnr Fifth St & Robert Mugabe Rd) buses and PCJ Coaches travel to Francistown charging US$15 and US$60 respectively. ZUPCO departs at 6.30am Tuesday, Thursday and Friday, and PCJ Coaches daily at 6pm.
The most direct route between Malawi and Zimbabwe is via Mozambique’s Tete corridor. You’ll need a transit visa for Mozambique if you’re travelling through Mozambique to Malawi.
ZUPCO runs from Harare to Blantyre daily from 6.30am ($35).
You can go to Beira via Mutare. Take a minibus from Mutare to the border, then catch another bus on the Mozambique side. You can get to Malawi from Nyamapanda by minibus. Minibuses run infrequently between Nyamapanda and Tete (Mozambique), and more frequently between Tete and Zóbuè on the border with Malawi.
There’s no direct overland connection between Zimbabwe and Namibia. The most straightforward route is to take the Botswana bus and then connect from Botswana.
South africa (to Johannesburg)
The following bus companies travel from Harare to South Africa:
- Blue Arrow (04-729514; email@example.com; Chester House, Speke Ave, Harare)
- Greyhound (04-720801 , 04-720801 , Road Port Terminal, cnr Fifth St & Robert Mugabe Rd, Harare)
- Kukura Kurerwa (04-669973-6 , 04-669973-6 , Mbare Musika Bus Terminal, Harare)
- Pioneer Bus (04-795863 , 04-795863, 790531; Mbare Musika Bus Terminal, Harare)
- Departure times are subject to change without notice – it’s best to call to check. All companies charge around US$70 (payable in local currency if bought in Zimbabwe).
From Harare ZUPCO travels daily to Lusaka (via Chirundu) at 6.30am (US$25).
Self drive travellers are urged to strictly adhere to speed limits and road signage as the police are extremely vigilant and will fine motorists for any infringements. Also all original documentation for the vehicle and passengers should be carried at all times as road blocks are numerous and will always request all documentation to be produced for inspection. Caution should be exercised on all roads – uneven surfaces, potholes and stray livestock are frequent.
By Train- Zimbabwe’s railway network connects Harare, Bulawayo, Mutare and Victoria Falls. Trains are very slow, and the tracks and trains are in desperate need of servicing and parts, and serious accidents continue to occur. All major services travel at night, and sleeping compartments with bedding are available. Watch your belongings.
By Air- From Harare, Air Zimbabwe flies once daily to Bulawayo and Victoria Falls. Air Zimbabwe no longer flies to Hwange or Kariba, but agents can organise charter flights.