Mount Nyangani – Zimbabwe

Like the popular Bermuda and the Devil’s Triangle of Japan, Mount Nyangani equally standout among a few exceptional and rewarding features for adventure enthusiastson safari in Africa. This landmark was previously called Mount Inyangani and features as Zimbabwe’s highest mountain. It stands at altitude of about 2592 meter. This mountain lies in the middle of Nyanga National Park in Nyanga district approximately 110 kilometers northwest Mutare. Its summit is situated on atop a small outcrop about 40 meters. Its plateau covers an area of over eight square kilometers. The edges of this plateau then fall steeply to the east and west sides, featuring splendid mountain vegetation that comprises of heath at the summit plateau with evergreen forest on the wet eastern slopes and grassland to the western part. This area receives rainfall amount of about 2200 mm though the dry season is always experienced around the winter period from May-August. Given its low elevation and tropical location, the snow falls very rarely and it was recorded around August in 1935.

It comprises of upper sill of dolerite and sandstone with harder dolerite that make up cliffs and ridges. The dolerite sill and sediments lie on the side of Umkondo Group dolerite sill north of Nyangani just along the Kwaraguza route. This mountain’s peak can be reached about one to three hours by hikers. Hikers go through a 2200 meters’ altitude and summit plateau. Three ascents to this mountain take hikers from the main access especially in a tourist path from the west. It takes hikers via the edge of the upper River Nyamuziwa and crosses onto the main plateau north of the summit. Around here, it takes you to the south across the plateau to the summit. The second route stretches from the mountain club of Zimbabwe hut and follows the east side of the northern ridge prior joining the Tourist Path along the main plateau. The 3rd route stretches from Nyazengu, southwest of the mountain along the old route to the Pungwe River. It then takes hikers from the Nyazengu Trail and ascends to the base of Tucker’s Gap that has views of the montane rainforest to the southeast. The other is northeastern ridge between Kairezi and Nyama Rivers. This path begins from the Gleneages route between Kairezi and Nyama pathways and through Little Nyangani-this path begins from Gleneagles Substation and takes hikers through a dense vegetated slopes of Little Nyangani Mountain that is located in the east of the main plateau. The faunal species within Nyanga national park include the clawless otter that are commonly spotted in the upper River Kairezi which is next to this mountain as well as the Inyangani River frog-the endangered amphibian species in this mountain. Other attraction include the Iron Age remains which are on Little Nyangani and along the hill west of the summit.

There is also belief that this montane site feature some mysteries especially for the disappearance of the 2 (two) girls. This however isn’t a myth or legend but true. The Manyika residents around this area believe that the vindictive spiritual presence along this montane site was responsible for the girls’ disappearance.