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Located in the north of Zimbabwe, near the towns of Guruve and Centenary, lies Mavuradonha Wilderness area. It covers approximately 600km2 of wild and rugged country along the Zambezi Escarpment. It is a national and regionally important sight engulfed with rich biodiversity comprising of a total checklist of 229 bird species, 41 species of large and medium sized mammals.


Through the Ministry of Local Government, Rural and Urban Development it was declared a protected area by the Muzarabani Rural District Council in 1988 in recognition of its scenic beauty and conservation value. It is one of Zimbabwe’s successful Communal Areas Management Programme for Indigenous Resources (CAMPFIRE) project. It was set up to ensure that the local community derive direct benefit from tourism in their area and therefore recognise the value of wildlife. A series of reputable tourist activities have been designed to maintain the atmosphere of the wilderness.


“Mavuradonha wilderness performance is an innovative approach to community conservation and rural development. Aimed at contributing to individual, household and global responsibility of stimulating long term developments and sustainable use of the natural resources in communal areas”.



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