Zimbabwe’s Chimanimani mountains are often referred to as the ultimate hikers’ paradise – spot on I say!
Its seemingly infinite peaks and eclectic atmosphere make for a wondrous botanical Wanderland.
The area is adorned with delicate waterfalls, craggy cliffs and lush green hills which you can explore with local guides or independently for the ultimate adventure.
Entrance to the national park costs $10 per person and group transport costs approximately $60 per three passengers from Chimanimani village.
We were offered the help of expert guides for $50 per three people.
But instead, we opted to explore the surrounding area of our campsite independently and for free – bonus. I was in the mood for total adventure and that we certainly got!
Albeit outside of the national park, Greenmount did not disappoint and made for the ultimate hiking adventure.
With its steep slopes, rocky cliffs and deep gorges we reached the top with a true sense of achievement.
The hike was made more challenging after the devastating cyclone which tore through Chimanimani in March 2019.
It was an emotional experience walking its path of destruction as we looked out for loose ground and dodged falling rocks.
For the less experienced hiker, there are also well used trails to the top of Greenmount which can be joined at Chimanimani village.
For a full day hike, climb Greenmount in the morning and continue through to Bridal Veil Falls which is just 5km from the village.
The waterfall lies within the national park so have your $10 ready at the gate.
We picked up some bread and veggies from the village and picnicked by the falls before jumping in for a quick swim in the freezing water.
There are also good climbing trees and vines which are fun to play on.
Chimanimani remains accessible and full of beautiful landscapes.
Although many common hiking trails and roads have been blocked or altered and many towns and villages left devastated.
Just plan ahead and don’t be afraid to ask locals and staff at your hotel, lodge or campsite for tips and advice.