Mavuradonha Wilderness

The Mavuradonha Wilderness, meaning “Place of Falling Water” in the Shona language, is one of the last intact pristine wilderness areas remaining in the country. It is a truly unique part of the world, with some amazing six hundred square kilometers of savannah woodland, the spectacular scenery of the Zambezi Escarpment and of course diverse wildlife.

About the Mavuradonha Wilderness

Geographically, the Mavuradonha Wilderness comprises of the Mavuradonha Mountains, the Malingura Hills, the Mvukwes Range the Rwazi Plateau, and part of the Zambezi Escarpment.

The cultural landscape of the Mavuradonha Mountains form the eastern part of the Zambezi Escarpment in Zimbabwe, rising over 1,000m and peaking at Banirembizi. The mountains lie north of the town of Centenary and intercept the north-east winds. For this reason they have a cooler, moister climate than the valley below. The name 'Mavuradonha' refers to the misty rains which often hover over the mountain tops.

The Mavuradonha Mountains are oozing with natural history and archaeology with anthropology, sacred sites, routes and traditions with numerous ancient bushman paintings on rock faces and in caves to explore and discover.

You will find few Zimbabweans in these rocky parts despite its stunning beauty. The scenery consists of unspoiled open flat grassland, steep hilly terrain with elephant trails winding up and down, monumental rock faces, waterfalls, numerous streams and rivers rising in the mountains, wildlife salt pans and miombo and kloof woodlands. Wildlife native to this area are elephant, buffalo, sable, kudu, zebra, eland and not to mention numerous bird species such as Dickinson’s Kestrel, Racket-tailed Roller, Miombo Tit, Miombo Wren-warbler, Meve's Glossy Starling, Kurrichane Thrush, White-headed Black Chat, Boulder Chat, Miombo Rock Thrush, White breasted Sunbird, Miombo Double Collared Sunbird, Broad Tailed Paradise Whydah and Black Eared Seedeater.

Due to the ruggedness and remoteness of the Mavuradonhas, the only way to travel through the Wilderness is on horse back or foot. Experienced riders can ride for days exploring the woodlands in these peaceful and beautiful surroundings, with no modern distractions to disturb your soul. Sleep on the top of a mountain or on the sandy floor of a cave. For the adventurous you could also go on a walking safari from the Mavuradonha Mountains through Mana Pools to the shores of the Zambezi.