Umfurudzi Park Cottages
The Park covers an area of 76000 ha (760 square km) of incredible natural beauty and bio diversity.
The Park was formed in 1981, and is the first Park to be formed under the newly formed free Zimbabwe. The Park was officially opened by His Excellency President RG Mugabe in 1981....
The Park Altitude ranges from 670m to 1100m above sea level, rainfall averages 550mm per annum starting in late November and ending in early April.
Umfurudzi Park has great archeological sites dating back to early settlement in Zimbabwe. Bushman painting are scattered throughout the park.
Umfurudzi has some very unique species. The Park had, in the early 1990s, black Rhino, it is the goal of Umfurudzi Park within 5 years to reintroduce this species.
Umfurudzi Park is safe to walk anywhere outside of the protected and fenced buffalo breeding area. There are many marked trails and roads within the Park to walk. With special arrangements, multi day walking and wilderness camping in the park is available to the seasoned hiker.
Climbing Mt Chisinga, Svisamoyo and other mountains or granite kopje's and Dwalas in the park is also a well recommended days' outing.
Walking within the intensive breeding area is allowed with the attendance of a Park Ranger. The area contains dangerous animals namely Buffalo and Elephant.
Umfurudzi is blessed with fantastic fishing. The park has a number of rivers which flow all year.
The Mazoe River is on the eastern boundry and has an abundance of fish, namely, Tiger fish, Bream Species, Bottle Nose, Barble, Vundu, Labeo and is the only river system in Zimbabawe to hold Yellow fish.
Umfurudzi River flows into the Mazowe, the same species of fish can be caught in pools within the umfurudzi all year round.
Bring your fly rod and wander up the rivers, there are some beautiful sites to see and fish to catch.
Other rivers to try are, Hosa, Gwetera and Ruanga.
Catch and release in all rivers
There is also fishing in the dams around the park. There are 12 dams in the park, some have been stocked with Bream species. Please enquire at the Park office. Maximum 5 fish per person per day may be kept from Dams.
There are 4 permanently tented camps along the Umfurudzi River. The camps consist of large tent with a Queen Bed and a single bed. Small dome tent with two single beds. All linen is provided. The camp also has a kitchen containing all crockery, cutlery and cooking utensils, a gas stove and small fridge. The camps are serviced daily in the morning. Additional services will be charged separately.
All camps have Zesa and running water.
There are 3 campsites along the Umfurudzi River, that are lawned and have Zesa and running water. These campsites cater for the camper who brings their own tents, catering equipment and bedding. Ablution facilities available with Hot and cold showers and toilets. Servicing is charged separately.
There are also 4 budget camp sites with ablution facilities, picnic benches and braai areas on the lawns surrounding the park office. Feel free to pitch tents and create a homely environment under the trees.
Wilderness camping is also available upon request, these sites do not have any facilities. Sites are available throughout the Park. Please enquire with the Park Offices.
Noteable sites are along the Umfurudzi river, Pot Holes, Old Hunting Camp, Dam 8, Beacon Hill, Look out point, Ruanga River, Dam 11, Chizinga, secret pools, Castle Rock, southern hills and Rock paintings.
There is one Executive and 4 standard chalets which are self catering. There are two bedrooms, one with queen size bed and the other has a bunk bed and a single bed. The kitchen is fully equipped.
The park has a very good road network, however 4 X 4 is recommended during the rainy season. (November to April)
Many species of animals can be seen during game drives. There are also picnic sites along certain routes. Please do not deviate from these designated sites and routes. Vehicle hire for game drives is also available on request. These will be attended by a Park Ranger and Driver for your safety.
Game drive packages range from 2 hours to full day, and can be combined with a drive and hike package.
Speed limit in the park is strictly 40km per hour. There is a zero tolerance policy on speeding.
The rivers in Umfurudzi have crocodiles, however swimming is allowed. Be very cautious and keep away from deep pools.
During the rainy season between November and April, many of the small rivers flow, the water is clear and clean, and perfect for swimming. Small fish (barbs) are in abundance in these rivers, and remove dead skin from the body.
Please do not swim in swollen rivers after rain storms as they are susceptible to flash flooding.
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