Enjoy a lovely wander around our large Intepretive Area: Enjoy our resident wildlife; blue duikers, crocodiles, tortoises, the Wildfowl Pond and more. Then head over to our Game Viewing Platform. Sit quietly there and enjoy the lovely view and the wildlife for as long as you like. The animals are fed near the platform with game cubes at 2pm on Saturdays and Sundays. This is an especially good time to see a range of our resident species. Only 7km from the city, most of the 265 hectares here are natural msasa parkland where zebras and giraffes roam free. View from the platform (bring binoculars) or on foot, bicycle or horse safari ($12). Birdwatching is excellent ($20 for three hours). Note there are some depressing animal enclosures.
The scenery is lovely and you may spot some game too! You’ll certainly see some birds along your way. The Woodlands Trails are on clearly marked routes, for you to enjoy by walking, running, strolling or on your mountain bike. This initiative has greatly boosted visitor numbers and made even more people aware of the beauty and tranquillity offered by a visit here. You can bring your dogs, as long as they are on leads and controllable.
This is especially popular at weekends. Come and enjoy this regularly, meet new friends and old, get some exercise with the family in a lovely scenic environment, then enjoy breakfast in our Coffee Shop – bacon and egg rolls, coffee and other items from 7am onwards – hot, fresh and quick! The Trails range from 3km to 10km. If you join as Members, Individual and Family categories are available, and you can walk any time the Woodlands are open (8 am to 5 pm daily) at no further charge. Then relax and enjoy some game viewing from our Platform! Food is put out for the animals at around 2pm on weekends – see eland, zebra, giraffe and impala; guinea fowl, Egyptian geese, grey heron and more.
When it’s hot, make sure you wear a hat and sunscreen and take some water with you. You can buy bottled water at the Woodlands before you start. The trails take you near the bird hide and small dam and then into the wild game area, so ensure your dogs are well leashed. Anyone letting their dog off the lead in the wild game area may be banned from The Woodlands. Having dogs leashed is for their own protection from wildlife, as well as to prevent them from disturbing and chasing the wild animals.
Zimbabwe Multi-Entry Multi-Directional Visitors Guide © Simon Newbound