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VICTORIA FALLS


One of the largest sheets of falling water in the world, with a width of 1 708metres and height of 108metres. Feverishly known as THE SMOKE THAT THUNDERS, Victoria Falls is the adventure capital of Africa with variable animals, activities and fantastic weather. Activities on offer include bungee jumping, white water rafting, horse safaris, tiger fishing, game viewing and elephant rides.Victoria Falls waterfall is on the Zambezi River, bordering Zambia and Zimbabwe in Africa. One can view the Falls mostly from the Zimbabwean side. There are plenty of tourist attractions for the visitor especially on the Zambezi River such as white water rafting and helicopter flips over the falls.

HWANGE NATIONAL PARK


Named after a local Nhanzwa chief, Hwange National Park is the largest park in Zimbabwe occupying roughly 14 650 square kilometres in the northwest corner of the country to the south of and not far from the Mighty Victoria Falls. It is usually possible between May and October, to enter the Park by any designated access road and to drive to any of the camps. During the wet season though, advice should be sought as to the best routes. At the visitor reception at each camp, advice on the many game viewing drives of the 480 kilometres of the Park's road may also be obtained. Hwange boasts a tremendous selection of wildlife with over 100species of mammals and nearly 400 bird species recorded. The elephants of Hwange are world famous and the Park's elephant population is one of the largest in the world. The Park has three distinctive Camps and administrative offices at Robins, Sinamatella and the major one at Main Camp. The Park has accommodation facilities including self catering lodges, cottages and chalets, a camping and caravan site, restaurant and grocery store. Lodges in Hwange National Park are units with one or two bedrooms, bathroom, fully equipped kitchen and verandah. Cottages have a centrally located thatched, open dining area with refrigerators available for communal use. Cooking facilities are communal, with electric hot plates provided. Normally no cutlery or crockery is provided. Chalets are units with one or two bedrooms and a verandah.l Cooking facilities are available on wood or charcoal braais. Electric refrigerator and sink are provided in each unit. Ablution and toilet facilities are provided in a communal block.


GONAREZHOU NATIONAL PARK


Gonarezhou National Park is situated in the south eastern lowveld of Zimbabwe and covers more than 5 000 square kilometres. " Gonarezhou" means "Place of many Elephants". The Park includes more than 500 bird species, 34 frog species, 49 fish species, 147 mammal species and at least 116 reptile species. The Chilojo Cliffs are one of the most prominent and enduring natural features of the Gonarezhou National Park. They are magnificent Cretaceous coarse sandstone cliffs that are a result of seasons of erosion. The cliffs are two-fold, with the lower and upper almost vertical sections separated from each other by a sloping terrace up to 1640 feet wide. This terrace is scored by gullies which cut through the lower cliff to the Runde River bed, giving access to the water for elephants and other animals.

MATOBO NATIONAL PARK



The Matobo National Park forms the core of the Matobo or Matopos Hills, an area of granite kopjes and wooded valleys commencing some 35 kilometres south of Bulawayo along the Kezi/Maphisa road. Matobo covers an area of 43 200 hectares. The magnificent, rugged terrain of the park is a hikers paradise and the diversity of the vegetation supports a wide range of wildlife such as giraffe, zebra, sable, impala and predators such as leopard , cheetah, wildcat and others. One of the many highlights for many visitors is the sighting of one or more of the endangered rhino. Matobo National Park possesses one of the highest concentrations of white and black rhinoceros in the world and therefore provides the perfect opportunity to view and photograph these rare creatures. Within the park are numerous sites which were once occupied by the San hunter-gatherers. The paintings at Nswatugi Cave are perhaps some of the finest in Zimbabwe and contain beautiful renditions of giraffe, eland and kudu.

WHAT ARE VELD FIRES?

These are blazes that get out of control and become wild, and in the process destroy extensive tracts of forests, grasslands, animals, people and their properties.
Fire, as part of natural process has a positive role in the vegetation structure and composition, and helps recycle nutrients contained in old and dead trees. There is, however, concern that the frequency, extent and pattern of burning are increasing due to human activities.

It is a fact that the damage from these fires has grown to outweigh the benefits of fire on the ecosystem.

Frequent burning has implication on carbon stocks and emissions, wildlife habitat, human health and life as well as livelihoods.
Statutory Instrument 7 of 2007 as read with Environmental Management Act (CAP 20:27), no person is allowed to light a fire outside residential and commercial premises during the period July 31 to October 31 of each year.

The causes of Veld Fires

THE CAUSES OF VELD FIRES

There are several factors that cause veld fires but most are human ignitions resulting from:
Reckless disposal of lit cigarette stubs

  •     Smoking out of bees for honey harvesting 
  •     Lighting fires at road servitude while waiting for early morning buses
  •     Land clearing 
  •     Hunting
  •     Deliberate lighting of fires/arson 
  •     Children playing with matches
  •     Improper household ash disposal  

 

 

Effects of Veld Fires

EFFECTS OF VELD FIRES

Veld fires lead to severe environmental degradation. More specifically, veld fires reduce land cover thus exposing the land to agents of accelerated soil erosion, changes in the hydrological cycle, increase in overland flow or surface run off and modifications in various ecological processes.

Soil erosion leads to the siltation of rivers and dams, thus reducing their water carrying capacity. This is likely to induce floods in low lying areas.
Veld fires destroy plantations, crops and pastures. In Zimbabwe, it is now commonly agreed that veld fires are a single significant threat to national economic recovery plans as they are destroying not only pastures necessary for the restocking exercise, but they are also destroying foreign currency generation plantations.
Food security may be compromised as the last few years have seen fires burning wheat farms, maize fields among other valuables.


How do I know that a fire might occur?

It is normally your dry season. You experience very hot conditions. There is a lot of potential fuel (e.g. dry leaves, wood, dead plants and grass). You can clearly see long dry grass and plants. There are moderate to strong winds present.
Veld fire trends

A total of 347 356 hectares has been cumulatively burnt to date, while during the same period in 2011 about 209 000ha was burnt.


Veld fires and stakeholders
Each person or institution has a role to play in the fight against veld fires and the following can be of importance to prevent veld fires, destruction of the environment as well as loss of life and property.

 

School children
In the event that schoolchildren come across fire: Quickly report the incident to any nearby adult person. Do not attempt to cross over fire, crossing over fire may result in fatalities.
Do not try to extinguish a veld fire on your own. Move away from the veld fire and never ever try to climb trees in the direction of a veld fire.


Bus passengers
Travelling can at times be done during odd hours when the weather is very cold especially in the rural areas. These conditions make passengers make a fire at the bus stop for warmth.
Therefore, before leaving make sure you completely extinguish the fire. Make sure all the glowing splints and burning coal are completely extinguished using water.
Put on warm clothes because history has shown that most road fires are left unattended.


Bee smokers
Use other methods of extracting honey, which does not involve use of fire. Seek advice from the Forestry Commission.


Motorists
Put off cigarette stubs and use ashtrays. Assist in fire fighting and always travel with a fire extinguisher. Service car electrical and mechanical systems to avoid sparks, which can cause veld fires.

Traditional leaders

Have firefighting teams to put off uncontrolled veld fires in your areas of jurisdiction.
Carry out fire awareness campaigns throughout the fire season. Use cultural ways of punishing those who cause veld fires.


Rural District Councils
Establish an environmental committee to oversee environmental issues and subcommittees, which are chaired by a councillor in a given ward or wards.
Appoint an environmental monitor in the district in conjunction with Environmental Management Agency (EMA). Ensure that there are firefighting committees in these various wards.
Report all veld fire incidences within seven working days to EMA or Zimbabwe Republic Police.

Did you Know?

DID YOU KNOW???

Rhinos are a critically endangered species. Although poached nearly to extinction, conservation efforts and habitat protection are starting to make a small difference towards the fate of these magnificent animals.

 

 

So help our Anti-Poaching efforts by reporting anyone of threat to the livelihood of this endangered species by contacting us :


Parks & Wildlife Management Authority
Corner Sandringham & Borrowdale Roads
Botanical Gardens
PO Box CY140, Causeway, Harare
Telephone: +263 4 706077/8

 

Do's & Dont's

RULES TO OBSERVE WHEN YOU ENTER THE PARKS (DO’s & DON’Ts)

 

  1. For your safety, stay on the road and in your vehicle all the time, unless at viewing platforms, picnic sites and other designated places
  2. Please don’t feed animals or birds
  3. Camps at designated sites only
  4. Do not use scooter, motorbikes or bicycles in the parks
  5. The carriage of weapons, explosives or poisons is prohibited.
  6. Please don’t disturb animals by making unnecessary noise
  7. The maximum speed limit in the parks is 40km/h
  8. Removal of any plant or animal samples is prohibited
  9. Do not pollute water sources
  10. Bringing pets in the park is prohibited
  11. Please don’t damage or remove parks property
  12. Political and public meetings are prohibited in the parks
  13. Don’t place advertising materials within the parks
  14. Flying aircraft at less than 150m above the ground is not permitted

 

Zimbabwe Distance Chart


Zimbabwe Uses Kilometres As The Standard For Distances!

  Beit                        
Bin 670 Bin                      
Bula 320 525 Bula                    
Chim 545 500 565 Chim                  
Chin 695 205 430 530 Chin                
Chip 505 530 520 70 555 Chip              
Chir 300 580 485 255 605 210 Chir            
Chru 930 440 660 765 235 790 840 Churu          
Chiv 440 230 300 430 255 385 350 490 Chiv        
Gwan 195 660 125 560 580 515 480 815 430 Gwan      
Gwer 470 360 165 460 260 420 380 500 135 320 Gwer    
Hara 580 90 440 415 115 440 490 350 140 570 275 Hara  
Hwan 655 860 335 900 760 855 820 995 630 460 500 770 Hwan

 

Key to Town codes used in the Chart

Beit Bridge -Beit *Bindura -Bin *Bulawayo -Bula *Chimanimani -Chim * Chinhoyi -Chin

*Chipinge -Chip *Chiredzi -Chir * Chirundu -Chru * Chivhu -Chiv * Gwanda -Gwan

Gweru -Gwer*Harare -Hara *Hwange -Hwan *Kadoma -Kado * Kariba -Kari

Kwekwe -Kwek*Marondera -Maro * Masvingo -Masv * Mhangura -Mhan *Mutare -Muta

Mvuma -Mvum *Mvurwi - Mvur *Nyamapanda -Nyam *Nyanga -Nyan* Plumtree -Plum

Rusape -Rusa *Victoria Falls -Vict

MANA POOLS NATIONAL PARK

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

  • Photographing scenic photographs can be taken from the Viewpoint of the Wonder Hole
  • Exploring the caves
  • Leisurely strolls in the Park
  • Picknicking
  • Diving

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

  • Canoeing- canoeing on the Zambezi is a favourite activity in Mana Pools and affords an unparalleled opportunity to experience the river.
  • Guided walks- visitors can hire qualified armed Parks staff to take them game viewing on foot.
  • Wilderness trails- this is a unique experience for the nature lover and those who enjoy the challenge of facing nature one on one.
  • Lion tracking- visitors can join Parks staff as they track radio-collared lions on foot.
  • Fishing- visitors can fish in the Zambezi River and experience the excitement of hooking large fish e.g. Tiger fish, bream and chessa.

GONAREZHOU NATIONAL PARK

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

  • Daytime and full moon walking trails
  • Excellent bird watching
  • Unique view of the sunset from the red hills
  • Panoramic platform views
  • Numerous viewing points from numerous pools and pans
  • Wilderness value and wildlife
  • Walking safaris
  • Game viewing
  • Fishing

HWANGE NATIONAL PARK

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

  • Ngweshla Pan- pleasant day drive.
  • Nyamandhlovu Pan- prime game viewing area.
  • Doma Waterhole- an exceptional view of the African Sunset.
  • Picnic Sites- Maximum 12 people.
  • Ngweshla- there are summer huts, kitchens and ablution blocks.

Cnr Sandringham & Borrowdale Rd Botanical Gardens PO BOX CY140, Causeway, Harare Telephone: +263-4-706077/8-9 Gen. Enquiries: +263-4-707624-9 +263-4-792786-9 Email: bookings@zimparks.co.zw Facsimile: +263-4-793867 Bulawayo Booking Office 15 Avenue,Main & Fort Street P.O.Box 2283, Bulawayo Telephone: +263-9-63646 Facsimile: +263-9-65592 Email: ftafeni@zimparks.co.zw Quick Contacts Problem Animal Control Hotline: +263 772 104 390 Hunting Licenses: +263 734 584 384 +263 772 315 151 Public Relations:+263 772 433901 Toll Free Numbers 0800 3222 344 0800 3222 347

 
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