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Discover the thrills and beauty of Mushandike Sanctuary

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Tucked away in thick miombo woodland, on an undulating terrain and a largely riverine landscape, is Mushandike sanctuary. The 129 square kilometer sanctuary is part Zimbabwe’s great dyke and comprises of a scenic landscape and a spectacular geomorphology, which offer the natural peace that guests deserve.

The wildlife sanctuary is home to the Mushandike dam, a perfect spot to unwind and listen to nature as it speaks to the pulse of the heart, and have intermittent breaks for fishing escapades. For nature lovers, Mushandike is the destination to be, as it is rich in diverse game, including Africa’s endangered species, and the thick woodland of varied indigenous savannah hardwoods which provide habitats for quite a number of bird species.

The stunning sanctuary also boasts of water-dependent creatures such as the majestic waterbuck, with a variety of fish species swimming in the Mushandike dam, including tilapia, African sharp tooth catfish and black bass.

The main activities at Mushande sanctuary are sure to thrill and excite. Fish to your heart’s content, cruise the dam by boat, or take a refreshing swim. Embark on a game-viewing adventure, watch the birds soar, or even catch a glimpse of a slithering snake.

Camping sites, conference facilities, lodges, are available, and the services are offered under the Zimbabwe Institute of Wildlife Management which is located in the sanctuary. The sanctuary is located about 37km from the Ancient City, Masvingo, along Bulawayo road.

Mushandike is wholly owned by the Zimbabwe Parks and Wildlife Management. It is close to the Mushandike Resettlement area and irrigation scheme, hence guests can get a chance to interact with local farming communities in the area.

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