Nature Reserves and Camps

Wildlife & Environment Zimbabwe aims to encourage all Zimbabweans to take an active interest in their wildlife heritage. To this end WEZ has developed nature reserves and camps throughout the country, all under the care of WEZ branches. These provide opportunities, at a very affordable cost, to experience wilderness areas and to observe Zimbabwe's magnificent game and bird-life. There are camping facilities in these reserves, some camps offer accommodation and some are equipped with chalets. These are available for local, regional and international visitors. These reserves and camps are accessible by self drive transport, hire cars etc.
Interestingly, some of these camps and reserves are linked to WEZ Environmental Education Centres. At these centres visitors are most welcome and are able to experience and learn, at first hand, about environmental educational projects, which have been established by WEZ, for the sustainable usage of many aspects of Zimbabwe's environment.


Enquiries for information and booking applications for camping and accommodation bookings must be made to, and are only accepted by, Wildlife & Environment Zimbabwe, Mashonaland Branch Wildlife Shop, Mukuvisi Woodlands, Harare, E-mail or can be directed to the respective WEZ branch managing the reserve or camp. Forward bookings are not required for day visitors.

We would be pleased to receive your enquiries about any of these wildplaces. Please contact us


Cecil Kop Nature Reserve, Mutare, in Manicaland

Cecil Kop Nature Reserve is easily reached from Mutare, the capital of the Zimbabwe Eastern Highlands. Cecil Kop is just two kilometres from the city centre. Open for day visitors from 7a.m. to 6p.m.
This 1500 hectare wildlife reserve consists of three distinct areas. Tiger's Kloof, the forested north eastern mountain face with numerous springs rolling down to the dam and surrounding msasa woodland, and Thomson's Vlei with its undulating grasslands and the Wilderness Area of heavily wooded forest, gullies and springs.
It is home to three elephant, three white rhino, the most famous of which is Daisy, three giraffe, zebra, ostrich, a wide range of antelope, vervet and samango monkeys, baboons, and with an occasional sighting of leopard Cecil Kop Nature Reserve is an ideal and popular environment for visitors and for family outings with a refreshment kiosk, picnic sites and braai (barbecue) facilities. Cecil Kop is managed and developed by the WEZ Manicaland Branch. For more information contact:
Mike Hitschmann, in Mutare, on
Tel: 263 (020) 62718


Fort Rixon Dam in Matabeleland

Fort Rixon Dam, is 80 km north-east of Bulawayo, in the Matabeleland province, and 100 km south-west of Gweru. Located on the edge of the Fort
Rixon Dam, the camp site has a marvellous view over the dam and offers many fishing and birding possibilities.
Camping facilities are equipped with electricity, braai (barbecue) stands, with a main communal ablution block. The environmental educational centre
also has an equipped kitchen for self-catering, and a large dormitory, with mattresses and blankets supplied.
The surrounding area is of particular historical and anthropological interest, including the ancient Dhlodhlo Ruins, Zinjanja Ruins, (Regina)
Nalatale Ruins and Bija Ruins.
Fort Rixon Dam camp is managed and developed by the WEZ Fort Rixon
Environmental Project (FREE) in association with WEZ Matabeleland Branch.
Bookings and update information:
National Office
Tel: 263 (04) 747500


Kuburi Wilderness, on the shores of Lake Kariba

Kuburi Wilderness is 363 km from Harare, on the main road to and 20 kilometres from Kariba town. Situated on the shores of Lake Kariba. Watch the elephant, zebra, and waterbuck, and a variety of wildlife, as they frequently amble through the camp. Twitchers will see a variety of lake shore birds including Egyptian geese and Sacred Ibis. Kariba sunsets are legendary. Kuburi Wilderness is equipped with an excellent campsite with electricity, a communal ablution block, hot and cold showers and flush toilets. Kuburi is also linked to the Programme for Environmental Awareness Kariba (PEAK) educational centre.
The PEAK WEZ Shop encompasses a small museum, safari offices, and is stocked with souvenirs and curios, books and a tea-room for refreshments.
The shop is open Monday to Sunday 8:00 a.m. to 5 p.m.
For bookings and update information:
National Office
Tel: 263 (04) 747500


Sable Park, Kwekwe, in the Midlands

Sable Park is 12 kms. from Kwekwe city centre, in the Midlands province. It consists of 300 scenic hectares, abounds in plains game including sable, kudu, eland, impala, bushbuck, zebra, wildebeest and warthog. Enjoy a fascinating experience and visit the Snake Park with experienced and informative guides. Go fishing at Dutchmans Pool.
Full camping facilities available, together with six self-catering four-bed, ensuite, brick under thatch chalets, all equipped with fridge and stove.
Seminar, conference facilities for up to 80 people in dormitory accommodation. Separate ensuite rooms available for group leaders. Open air camp-kitchen.
Camp Site with braai (barbecue) stands, central ablutions.
Log Cabin for backpacker and over-lander groups. Covered dining area, open air kitchen.
Visit, experience and learn about the Kwekwe Environmental Education Project (KEEP) centre. Sable Park is managed and developed by WEZ Midlands.
Bookings and update information:
National Office
Tel: 263 (04) 747500


Shagashe Game Park, Masvingo

Shagashe Game Park is situated just four km from the Masvingo town centre, in the Masvingo province. This small game park, open for day visitors, offers nature trails and a wide variety of wildlife, including giraffe, bushbuck, and kudu. Abundant bird-life includes owls, kingfishers and more.
Viewing platform where visitors can quietly relax, observe and photograph wildlife grazing and wandering past.
Picnic and braai (barbecue) sites, with ablution block are available. An Interpretive Centre for parties, seminars, workshops etc. can be booked with catering services for up to 50 people. Open 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. weekdays and from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. on weekends but funds are required to renovate and refurbish the interpretive centre and also develop camp sites to enable over night visitors to stay.
Managed and developed by WEZ Masvingo. Bookings and information for the Interpretive Centre:
E-mail or contact Ann Davidson
Tel: 263 (039) 62296 or 263 (039) 62247 or
by mail to : PO Box 655, Masvingo.


Shashi Wilderness Camp, Tuli, Matabeleland

Shashi Wilderness Camp, Tuli, is 255.5 km from Bulawayo in the province of Matabeleland, and provides an opportunity for those who wish to really experience the Zimbabwean bushland in almost pristine form. It has a great bird population. The camp, which is truly remote, is adjacent to a river, caters for up to 20 people in three large thatched units with ablution and kitchen facilities.
Managed and developed by WEZ Matabeleland.
Bookings and update information: E-mail or by mail to WEZ Matabeleland, PO Box 169, Bulawayo.
Tel: 263 (09) 237049
Fax: 263 (09) 237049