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Protected Area Chinhoyi Caves National Park

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Located in Zimbabwe :: Mashonaland
Category: Protected Areas :: Protected Area


The Chinhoyi Caves make up some of the most extensive cave systems in Zimbabwe. They were designated a National Park in 1955. The Site is a rare natural Karst system composed of limestone, dolomite, and a pool of cobalt blue water which is so clear that silver-hued fish and underwater rock formations are seen many meters below the surface. Descending down visitors can view the cobalt-blue pool which is called the Sleeping Pool or Chirorodzira (Pool of the Fallen) which descends to a depth of 90m. Diving is very popular in these caves. Guests can only stay on campsites and there are picnic sites with three ablution blocks with hot and cold water, baths, toilets, and showers.

Address :  Chinhoyi Caves Recreational Park, Mashonaland West Province, Chinhoyi, Zimbabwe
Contact :  ZIMParks - Central Reservations Office
Tel :  +263(0)4 706 077
Tel2 :  +263(0)4 706 078
Email :  Click Here
Host Website :  Click Here
Cellphone Reception :  Good


The Caves are located about 9 kilometres north-west of the town of Chinhoyi, 120 kilometres from the capital city of Harare. The Park lies along the main Harare-Chirundu Road.

Rates and Payment
Fee/s :  Conservation Fees: USD3pp (Locals); USD8pp; SADC Citizens); Internationals USD10pp. (Oct-2022).

Destination Information
Lodging Camping Restaurant Towing Service
Towing Service Telephone :  +263(0)78 057 9261 / +263(0)71 808 4297 / +263(0)73 652 3424 (DRIVE Zimbabwe Roadside Assistance)

Safe Parking Available

Game Viewing Guided Walks Swimming Bird Watching Photography
Picnics, Diving
Game to View :  Monkeys. Baboons. Bushpigs and Rock Hares.
More Activities :  Exploring the caves.

Travelling Information
Closest Town :  Chinhoyi

Self Drive Access :  Yes
Vehicle Type :  ALL

The Only accommodation option available within the park are campsites. Picnic sites are for day visitors. They share three ablution blocks with hot/cold showers. (Mar-16).

The park is conveniently located along A1, the main Harare-Chirundu Road.

Chinhoyi town centre is located just 9km from the park. Visitors can go to Chinhoyi town for shopping, restaurants and fuel refill.

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