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Mukuvisi Woodlands is OPEN from 8 am to 5 pm EVERY DAY.

Explore our beautiful, clearly marked walking trails and our game viewing platform, then enjoy some beverages, food and socialising in our Coffee Shop!

Next Events at Mukuvisi - 25 May 2024:

Talk at Mukuvisi: 25 May 2.30 pm - by staff from Dona B Savanna Camp - Click HERE for details

Plant Sale, Aloe, Cactus and Succulent Society, 8am to 3pm, 25 May - Click HERE for details

Scroll down this page or Click HERE for our Entry, Activity and other Fees.

For details of enjoyable and interesting Events at Mukuvisi Woodlands: Always Check our EVENTS page

It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of one of our long-standing Council Members and also a prior Deputy Chair Person:

Richard Dennison.

Richard was a life long, tireless environmentalist, an avid birder and a staunch supporter of Mukuvisi Woodlands.

His wealth of knowledge on the environment, birds and all wildlife in general, as well as animal feeds and estate management, will be very sorely missed.

Heartfelt condolences go out to his wife Carolyn, also a tireless supporter of the Woodlands over decades, and to his family and friends.

Mukuvisi Woodlands seeks horses...

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Horse Safaris in the Woodlands

Available 7 days a week: Book via Reception. Note: there is a weight limit of 70kg.

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Mukuvisi Woodlands - 1980 to 2023 - and counting - proudly providing the public with

A Touch of the Wild in the Heart of the City

and meaningfully contributing to the Environmental Education of Zimbabweans of all ages.

Click logo at right to donate to Mukuvisi Woodlands projects and costs via PayNow
A totally secure online payment option
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Visit our NEW Gift Shop Mukuvisi-Woodlands-bike-hire-available
Mukuvisi-Woodland-Shop Stop by and see our new shop location,
by the Coffee Shop.

Currently open Saturdays and Sundays, but during the week just ask at Reception and they'll open it up for you.

Would you enjoy a bike ride round the woodlands but don't have a suitable bike? We have Mountain Bikes for hire at reception
at US$5 per hour.

ABOUT MUKUVISI WOODLANDS
The Mukuvisi Woodlands are one of Zimbabwe's national treasures. They provide one of the few remaining large green spaces open to the public in Harare. Over 18 000 school children visit each year.

Deforestation and loss of habitat is rampant country-wide. Zimbabwe's amazing wildlife is more or less restricted to National Parks and other conservancies, and for some people, the Mukuvisi Woodlands provide the only opportunity they have to see our wild animals, and appreciate our country's natural, stunningly beautiful, miombo woodlands.

First proposed as a protected green-belt area in 1910, those championing the idea of these Woodlands fought an uphill battle against suburban development in the area right through to 1979, when the Mukuvisi Woodlands Association was created, and in 1980, an official lease agreement, running until 2090, was signed between this Association and Harare Municipality.

Objectives of the Mukuvisi Woodlands Association were first defined as:

  • To conserve and utilise the Mukuvisi Woodlands;
  • To provide and develop facilities for education in the principles and practice of nature conservation, environmental studies and research;
  • To encourage the public to appreciate the natural environment.
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Mukuvisi Woodlands has succeeded very well in all of these, and continues to succeed, particularly in the area of Conservation Education. Our flagship Eco-Schools Programme is helping to create a new generation of environmentally aware, dedicated children, who understand today's burning conservation challenges and issues.

Eco Schools activities

We offer regular Bush Camps for children, and hold many other educational events. We have a full time Education Officer, plus several university students on attachment doing research and teaching on an on-going basis.

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Left: The Eco Schools Challenge is one of many events organised each year for participating schools. Children take part in enjoyable quizzes, games and activities, engaging with their natural environment in the Woodlands and learning experientially while having fun.

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riverside walk in the Mukuvisi woodlandsIt's time for a lovely walk or cycle, exploring our trails....and enjoying ... Mukuvisi-woodlands-trail
A Touch of the Wild

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in the Heart of the City

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Mukuvisi Woodlands - Ecotourism Facility of the Year 2022

Mukuvisi Woodlands was proud to win the Award for Ecotourism Facility of the Year at the Zimbabwe Tourism Authority's Twalumba National Travel and Tourism Awards 2022, which took place in February 2023. Current Mukuvisi Woodlands Chairman Harry Idensohn accepted the Award for Mukuvisi. This recognition was a great credit to the dedicated people who have contributed, and continue to contribute, so much of their time and effort, to ensuring that these lovely Woodlands can continue to provide a beautiful place to visit and enjoy a stunning natural environment, even so close to a city centre. The Woodlands also provide the perfect setting for city children to learn about their precious environment and wildlife - and the Mukuvisi Eco-Schools Programme does vitally important work to create such learning opportunities. Thank you to all those involved in so many ways with the Woodlands, past and present, whose contributions and care have led to this national acknowledgement of the important environmental roles that are fulfilled by our beautiful Woodlands and Education Centre. Pictures below taken at the Awards Event and show the Award itself, Mukuvisi Chairman Harry Idensohn receiving it, and later pictured with Stan Mudawarima, Chairman of the Safari Operators Association.

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Current Office Bearers
Other Council Members
Chairman: Harry Idensohn

Vice Chairman: Terry Buckley

Treasurer: Simon Pitt

Secretary: Jackie Silva

General Manager: Tony Blanchard

Corporate Liaison and Education: Allain Chimanikire

Tony Alegria

Geoff Lowe

Stan Mudawarima

Glenda Blanchard

Peter Taylor

Superb Mukuvisi Eco Schools Programme World Environment Day Event held on 10 June 2022
On 10 June 2022, Mukuvisi Woodlands Eco Schools Programme held a highly successful event to commemorate World Environment Day. Enjoy just some highlights in our video at right and Click here to see more photos and videos.

With VIP representation from the Ministry of Environment, several representatives of the Environmental Management Agency, a number of exhibitors with display stands, and several hundred school children of all ages, this was a superb environmental education event. It is excellent at last to be able to hold such events once again!

The children participated in a quiz competition and a treasure hunt and many young poets and writers recited and read, and some sang, their uplifiting and inspiring works on a wide range of burning environmental issues and concern, affecting both our own country and the planet at large.

The Mukuvisi Woodlands Eco Schools Programme is a highly effective environmental education inititive which is a fundamental component of the vital role that the Mukuvisi Woodlands Nature Reserve plays in the community, providing a relaxing area of great natural beauty, home to many species of wildlife, and helping ensure that the next generation understands the urgent need to conserve our natural environment - for the good of all. 

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Mukuvisi Woodlands Nature Reserve Fees in USD
Entry and Activity Fees Woodlands Walk - Run - Bike on our Trails
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Pensioners 65 years and above: Entry is FREE:
US$ 2 for events.
BUT NOTE: Although senior citizens can enjoy this privilege - if you DO CHOOSE to pay, you support our efforts to protect this amazing facility for all to appreciate!
We offer the popular option of the Unguided Scenic Woodlands Walk, Run or MTB Cycle Ride on our Marked Trail Routes of
around 3, 5, 8 and 10 km:
Available Every Day of the Week.
NOTE: Indemnity MUST be signed before you start.
Adult US$ 5 Adult US$ 5
Child 5 to 12 years US$ 4 Child 5 to 12 years US$ 4
Child 0 to 4 years FREE Dog: MUST be on a LEAD throughout! US$ 2
Church and Charity Groups Discounts: Fees for Functions and Events
10 Adults (20% discount) US$ 40 Boma Hire – Private Parties (< 50 people): All attendees must also pay standard entry fees as at top left.
US$ 80
10 Children (20% discount) US$ 25 Church Groups and Charities (< 50 people): All attendees also pay group entry fees as at left. US$ 100
Activity and Safari Fees:
Must be booked in advance via Reception.

Horse Safaris operate 7 days a week:
Times: 7.30 am, 9 am and 3 pm.
Please arrive 15 minutes early and report to Reception.
Photographer attendance, special functions US$ 30
Fees for Educational visits - TBA
Horse safari – adult US$ 25 Pre, Primary, Senior School Teachers, Lecturers TBA
Horse safari - child aged 7 to 12 US$ 20 College and Senior School Student TBA
Weight limit for horse safaris 70kg Pre and Primary School Pupil TBA
Pony ride US$ 2 Photographers TBA
Walking safari with guide US$ 20 Pony rides - for children under 8 years old TBA
Guided bird walk US$ 20 Pony rides for group of 10 children under 8 TBA
To enjoy GREAT discounts for frequent visitors to Mukuvisi:

Become a MEMBER of the Woodlands!

See Membership Page or enquire at Reception.

Email for ALL enquiries about anything to do with the Woodlands, including Membership: membership@mukuvisiwoodland.co.zw

We have a Swipe Machine and Ecocash: Ecocash Merchant Code: 111610.

Enquiries and safari bookings: 0774 198 009. Landlines 0242 - 747123 / 747111 / 747083

Sign up online to use iNaturalist (click flyer below), then come to Mukuvisi to observe Nature and take some interesting pictures to upload!inaturalist-mukuvisi-woodlands Hold your event at Mukuvisi!

Our thatched Gazebo offers excellent lighting, a drop down screen and extra power points, plus WiFi. Available for any Conference, Workshop, Lecture or Movie, Slide Show, or Party.

Prices are very reasonable. Usual charge is US$80 or equivalent at current rate for hire plus normal individual entry fees. However - depending on your requirements, package deals can be negotiated.

Please share with anyone you think may be interested in this facility. Contact us on 0774 198 009 to book for your function.

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There were some truly amazing, very beautiful and imaginative works in multiple media on display at the Miombo Art Fair held November 2021.

Click HERE to visit our gallery of Art Fair photos capturing the occasion, and enjoy just some of the works that were on display.

 

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Enjoy a fabulous Cappuccino or Espresso in our
Mukuvisi Woodlands Coffee Shop ....

We use delicious, flavoursome, export quality Leopard Forest Coffee beans, direct from the Bvumba.

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Our Coffee Shop is open 8 am to 5 pm. We offer:

Coffee, Teas, Hot Dogs, Steak Rolls, Bacon and Egg Rolls, Toasted Sandwiches, Hamburgers, Boerewors Rolls, Chips, Cold Drinks, Water, Ice-creams, Crisps and Sweet Treats, and more....

Have a browse in our new Woodlands Shop next door to the coffee shop.
Pictures of types of products found there, taken in its previous location, right and below....

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Mukuvisi-Woodlands-Logo The vast majority of photos on this site were taken in the Mukuvisi Woodlands by Rosie Mitchell of Wild Imaginings, who designed and maintains this website: rosie@wildimaginings.net

All photos COPYRIGHT
to Rosie Mitchell

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