10 Day Eastern Highlands Meander

Harare – Chimanimani Mountains – Mutare – Nyanga National Park – Nyanga National Park – Harare
10 Days / 9 Nights

Cost from USD$1866 per person for 10 nights including car hire! Minimum of 2 people

*Fantastic Value*

Day 1:           Armadale Lodge, Harare


Zimbabwe’s capital city is the country’s most cosmopolitan and contemporary destination, dotted with restaurants and bars, shops and markets. Its proud historical and cultural heritage is reflected in several well-preserved old buildings and informative museums, while its many parks and gardens provide a pleasant contrast to the bustling urban sectors. Located within easy reach of the city centre are the Mukuvisi Woodlands, comprising over 250 hectares of natural wilderness, while The Kopje – a rocky hill to the southwest of Harare – offers great views over the city.

Overnight: Armadale Lodge    


Built in 1904. History is evident in the three generation old gardens. The charming farmhouse has been restored with modern amenities. Featured at the Amadale Lodge are 9 suites with views, a garden and swimming pool.


  • Bed & Breakfast

Day 2-4:       Frog & Fern , Chimanimani Mountains

Chimanimani Mountains

The magnificent Chimanimani Mountains has crystalline peaks that tower over 2000 metres high in places. Highlights include the Chimanimani National Park, a wonderland of lush forests, cascading waterfalls and crystal clear mountain pools, the breathtaking Bridal Veil Falls and the verdant Chirinda rainforest – with its cycads, ferns, orchids and ancient trees, including a gargantuan thousand-year-old mahogany.  The area is a hikers paradise with a myriad of scenic hiking trails winding their way across the mountains.

Overnight: Frog & Fern    

Frog and Fern

The Frog & Fern Cottages are owned and run by Jane and Dee who designed them and started the project in 1990. Born in Zimbabwe, Jane and Dee have themselves travelled extensively and are therefore sensitive to visitor’s needs.  As conditions change rapidly in Zimbabwe, you will find them happy to give you current information to assist with your journey and to make your stay as comfortable as possible. Whether you are heading to Chimanimani from Mozambique, Harare, Beit Bridge or Bulawayo be assured of arriving to beautiful surroundings, the challenge of these mystical mountains and a genuinely warm welcome.


  • Self Catering

Day 4:           Leopard Rock Hotel, Bvumba Mountains

Bvumba Mountains

Resting on the Zimbabwe-Mozambique border, 30km km south east of Mutare, the spectacular Bvumba or Vumba Mountains rise to an impressive 1911m peak at Castle Beacon. The year-round abundance of exotic flora and fauna make Bvumba an ideal destination for nature lovers seeking the rarest bird and butterfly species in the region as well as endangered samango monkey and even the elusive mountain leopard. Spend your days hiking Bvumba’s picturesque hillsides, verdant natural forests, and breathtaking landscapes where you will discover a botanical treasure trove of unique African bird, animal and plant life. Don’t miss the Bunga Forest Botanical Reserve and the nearby Bvumba Botanical Garden which is designed around a number of small streams and includes an important cycad collection, with 59 of the 189 known species.

Overnight: Leopard Rock Hotel

accurate observation from a discerning and accomplished traveller – Britain’s Queen Elizabeth the Queen Mother, who famously stayed at the hotel with her daughter, Princess Margaret, and was so taken with the hotel and its spectacular surroundings that she was inspired to pen these words for posterity.  Leopard Rock is more than a hotel: it is a welcoming and diverse holiday resort for travellers of all ages and all backgrounds, as well as a superb conference and celebration venue, golfers’ dream course and nature lovers’ haven – with wildlife in the hotel’s own game sanctuary and a huge variety of birdlife, among which is a selection of unique species. The hotel has leisure and entertainment aplenty – from satellite television reception in all bedrooms and suites to holiday supervision and outdoor arrangements for children, and from the hotel’s own casino to access to the many sights and attractions of the surrounding Eastern Highlands.  Whether you like to curl up in front of a winter fire with a good book or take walks and runs across the mountainous terrain, or whether you’re here for business, sport or a vacation, the warmest of welcomes awaits every guest.


Full Board

Day 5:           La Rochelle Centre, Mutare


One of the largest cities in Zimbabwe, Mutare is known for its mountainous terrain, lush forests, melting pot of cultures and friendly, hospitable locals. Points of interest include the National Gallery of Zimbabwe, archaeological sites on Murahwa Hill, the Mutare Museum and Cross Kopje, bearing a memorial to African soldiers killed in World War One. The nearby Nyanga Mountains offer exquisite views, scenic hiking trails and a wealth of wildlife, while the Vumba Mountains are known for their lush vegetation and botanical gardens.

Overnight: La Rochelle Centre   

La Rochelle is a newly re-opened Country House in Penhalonga, near Mutare.It was renowned in the 1950s and 60s for Sir Stephen and Lady Virginia Courtaulds lavish and warm hospitality and has long been recognized as one of the most celebrated botanical gardens in Zimbabwe. This luxury country house is an oasis of tranquility and charm. It has a refreshingly relaxed and welcoming atmosphere mirrored by its dedicated management team. Nature, History, Culture and the Arts intersect at La Rochelle to create an ambience of holistic wellbeing.

La Rochelle Country House is located on a 182 hectare estate and boasts over 40 acres of landscaped gardens, both formal and informal, a beautiful dam, as well as one of the finest arboretums in Southern Africa  encompassing some 800 varieties of trees from around the world, which adjoins the natural forest and woodland.
The orchid house is one of the finest in Africa and houses Peter Horrocks collection of rare Phalanopsis as well as the Virginia Orchid, a rare orchid discovered and named by Sir Stephen. There is also a garden nursery filled with exciting plants and gardening accessories.

The interior of the house bears all the signs of a much loved home, filled with fresh flowers, art deco furniture and, above all, highlights of the history of the famous Courtauld family.


  • Dinner, Bed and Breakfast

Day 6-7:       Aberfoyle Lodge, Nyanga National Park

Nyanga National Park

The rolling hills of the 47 000 hectare Park Nyanga National Park, on Zimbabwe’s Eastern Highlands, are home to a multitude of scenic rivers, refreshing streams and breathtaking waterfalls. The park boasts both Zimbabwe’s highest mountain peak and its highest waterfall and the elevated altitude provides a cool and pleasant climate and fresh mountain air, perfect for rest, relaxation and plenty of outdoor adventures. The mountainous terrain and its sparkling fresh water sources offer excellent opportunities for fly fishing, sailing, canoeing, swimming, and hiking. Visitors are likely to encounter a variety of fascinating wildlife including, among others: kudu, zebra, impala, sables, and eland.

Overnight: Aberfoyle Lodge

Set in the tea estates of Eastern Highlands Plantations in the Honde Valley and tropical riparian forest this unique lodge has got to be Zimbabwe’s best kept travel secret.

The lodge provides luxury accommodation for up to 36 guests and is the ideal venue for family reunions, small conferences or as a quiet getaway.  Affordable meals are served all day from the restaurant whilst the well stocked bar will keep even the thirstiest guest well hydrated and cool in the heat of the Honde Valley.  The lodge boasts a 9 hole golf course, 9 hole putt putt course, tree canopy tour (zip lines), swimming pool, squash court, tennis court, table tennis, darts, pub, snooker room and lounge.


  • Dinner, Bed and Breakfast

Day 8-9:       Inn On Rupurara, Nyanga National Park

Overnight: Inn On Rupurara      

Inn on Rupurara is located on its own private estate 10km  from Juliasdale and is an easy three hour drive from Harare on good tar roads. Accommodation is in luxuriously furnished, beautifully constructed wood and stone lodges with a Cape country theme which either overlook the dam (Water View) or give a panoramic elevated view out over the Rupurara Estate (Valley View). Each lodge has en-suite facilities with bath and shower, as well as its own private veranda. As the hotel is built on a mountain slope, there are numerous stairs and very little even ground which does make moving from one area to another difficult for the infirm or elderly.

Inn On Rupurara has an excellent reputation for its fine cuisine. The area is noted for its leisure and sporting amenities and facilities, including golf at the Claremont course, horse riding on Rupurara Estate, scenic walks, trout fishing, game viewing (in your own vehicle, 4×4 or high clearance and a guide may be available to accompany you around the estate) and birding, the Inn is also within easy reach of local visitor attractions, including two golf courses and a casino.

Amenities include two lounges, Trevor’s Wine Bar, a sauna and splash pool.


  • Dinner, Bed and Breakfast

Day 10:        Departure

Drive To Harare International Airport and return your car hire before your flight.

Cost from USD$1866 per person for 10 nights including car hire! Minimum of 2 people

*Fantastic Value*


  • Meals as noted above
  • Airport transfer from HRE International Airport to Jacana Gardens Guesthouse
  • 1 night bed & breakfast basis at Armadale Lodge
  • 2 nights self catering basis at Frog & Fern Cottages
  • 1 night dinner, bed & breakfast basis at La Rochelle Country House
  • 2 nights dinner, bed & breakfast basis at Aberfoyle Lodge
  • 2 nights dinner, bed & breakfast basis at Inn on Rupurara
  • 1 night bed & breakfast basis at Armadale Lodge
  • 9 Days Car hire – Ford Ranger Double Cab 4WD or similar (Super Cover)
  • 9 Days Hire of a Sat Nav/GPS


  • Visa’s for Zimbabwe
  • Travel Insurance
  • Regional & International flights
  • Additional meals not specified
  • Drinks & activities
  • National Park Conservation Fees – currently US$10.00 ppp day (Chimanimani NP, Nyanga NP)
  • National Park Vehicle Entrance Fees – currently US$5.00 per day
  • Excess and Credit Card Deposit on Car Hire – US$2,100.00
  • Self Drive Package – US$150.00, and additional maps are US$15.00 each or US$50.00 for a set of 4.
  • Items of personal nature
  • Gratuities