At The Rock
Punch Rock is a renowned landmark in the Juliasdale area, close to other notable features such as Susurumba and Crusader Rock.
Our property extends over 20 hectares, and there are outstanding views over Msasa woodland and rocky outcrops to Mount Inyangani, the highest point in Zimbabwe.
Punch Rock is the perfect base for hikers & cyclists; photographers & archaeologists; botanists & birdwatchers; artists & writers; holidaymakers & family gatherings.
Zimbabwe has one of the most temperate climates anywhere in the world, suitable for year-round activities. The Eastern Highlands experience fine days throughout the year, with colder nights in the dry Winter, and warm rains in the Summer months.
Spring (end August / early September) is a special time to visit when the Msasas turn red.
And a few months later (mid-November,) the apricots and plums are harvested.
Around The Rock
From the back of Punch Rock, you look over towards Mt. Inyangani, at 2592m (8504ft) the highest mountain in Zimbabwe. Situated within the Nyanga National Parh, the peak can be reached in around two hours from the main car park.
After a short ascent to 2200m, the path follows the gentle gradient of the summit plateau. Care must be taken at any time of the year as the weather can change rapidly on the mountain, with cloud reducing visibility.
Rhodes Nyanga National Park
The entrance to Nyanga National Park is about 10km from Punch Rock and offers a wide variety of outdoor experiences, including fly-fishing in the Park’s dams and rivers, golf at Troutbeck, swimming in the Nyangombe Pool, heritage at the Rhodes Museum, and hiking trails to the waterfalls at Pungwe and Mutarazi, the highest in Zimbabwe. See www.zimparks.org/nyanga
Ziwa Ruins is the name given to a vast late Iron Age agricultural settlement that dates back to the 17th century. It is located near Nyanga Village and is a National Monument.
The site contains a large variety of stonework structures including stone terraces, hill forts, pit
structures and evidence of iron smelting and forging furnaces. There is a Site Museum representing the Ziwa heritage and other archaeological sites in the Nyanga District. See www.zimfieldguide.com/manicaland
for more information on Ziwa and other attractions in and around Nyanga.
Around 100kms from Punch Rock lies Mutare, the fourth largest city in Zimbabwe and the capital of Manicaland Province.
Close to Mutare are the Vumba Mountains, which lie on the border with Mozambique. Often referred to as the ‘Mountains of the Mist’ (Bvumba is the Shona name for “mist”), these cool green hills house the magnificent Vumba Botanical Gardens.
Mutare is also the gateway to Mozambique, with the road from the border towards Beira providing access to the Gorongosa National Park at the southern end of the Great African Rift Valley. Gorongosa is undergoing one of Africa’s most extensive wildlife restoration projects with sustainable eco-tourism as its driving force.
Once over the border, it is only three hours drive to the Indian Ocean at Rio Savane, a small laid-back resort near Beira, or six hours drive to Vilanculos and the incredible beauty of the Bazaruto Archipelago. We can assist with organizing memorable experiences at both these locations.