5 Things To Do In Mutare, Zimbabwe

Mutare sits in Zimbabwe’s Eastern Highlands in the province of Manicaland. On the doorstep of the Bvumba mountains, and Nyanga, known for waterfalls, streams, forests, and hiking, the city is often selected as a stopover by travellers. Whilst Mutare is designated as a city, it isn’t a metropolis, so what can you do during your stay?

Things To Do In The Mutare Countryside – La Rochelle

Close to the main town, just over Christmas Pass, folks can take a short drive of about 15 kilometers to La Rochelle off the Penhalonga road. Accommodation is available, and it’s an ideal place to just relax. Actually, the magnificent gardens and walks make it a nice day trip as well.

Day visitors will need to pay $5 US for their entry fee at the gate, but it’s well worth it if you plan to stay the day. There’s a delightful orchid display and beautiful walks through indigenous forests that lead to dams down the hill. Birdlife is exceptional, so take along your binoculars.

Las Rochelle orchid gardens by J Flowers

The history of the buildings brings to life something of the old colonial days. Actually, the website for La Rochelle near Mutare notes that the hotel is “a magical cross twixt fairy tale castle and French chateau, surrounded by manicured gardens on the edge of verdant forest-cloaked mountains.” We highly recommend enjoying some scones and tea on the verandah overlooking the croquet field.

Tea on the verandah – J Flowers

Where To Eat In Mutare Zimbabwe

The city of Mutare offers a large range of places to eat. However, for those on a tight budget, hefty helpings of good food can be found at Zimbos in the old Greek Club. Situated off First Street, it’s quite a busy part of town, but there is walled and gated parking. Whilst the decor isn’t over luxurious, it’s practical and you have the option of dining outdoors under the trees next to the church. The menu is affordable and a generous plate of battered fish fillets served with chips and salad will cost about US $8 at this time.

Another good meal can be found at The Portuguese Club in Mutare. It’s important to call for a booking on +263077 347 7003, as it can get quite busy on weekends and holidays. They also offer a takeaway menu that includes seafood from Mozambique and delicious chicken dishes. There’s a bar inside, and you may drink there. However, only members get discounted prices.

You can find the club at 5 Hosgood Avenue right next to Fawcett’s Security.

Golf Courses

Visitors to the Eastern Highlands are spoiled for choice if they enjoy a game of golf. In Mutare, in the pleasantly forested suburb of Hillside, the club accepts casual visitors although a small fee is levied. Apart from a bar and good food, the golf course is very popular. You can call them on +26377 841 6028.

Of course, if you want the ambiance of fanyastic mountains and forests, then you should put the Leopard Rock on your itinerary. About an hour’s drive from Mutare, through the Bvumba mountains, the castle-like hotel offers accommodation, landscapde gardens with a playground for the kids, meals, and of course, golf.

Leopard Rock Bvumba – J Flowers

Apart from the champion golf course, there is a small nature reserve and visitors may delf-drive or go on conducted trails. There, they will find zebra and gifaffe and again, plenty of birdlife.

Unfortunately, the casino closed down, but there is plenty to do. Tennis is also very popular and day visitors from Mutare can enjoy most of the facilities.

Parks And Gardens In Mutare

There’s not all that many nice parks in the city, but a couple of places are with visiting. The Aloe Garden has security staff, but it is advisable to stay aware. Zimbabwe Field Guide noted that the place has lost some of it’s former glory. However, it is still a good place to visit if you are into things botanical. Additionally, bird-lovers might get a sight of the silvery cheeked hornbills, or even the trumpeter hornbills that occasionally frequent the place.

Just two kilometers from the CBD of Mutare, you will find the Cecil Kopje Nature Reserve. Once again, it lost some of it’s shine, but there’s the Tiger’s Kloof Dam where you can picnic and meet a crocodile. Some animals may be seen, but notably, it gets very busy on weekends as families enjoy taking their kids along.

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