|Elevation||1,470 m (4,820 ft)|
|Population (2012 Estimate)|
|Time zone||CAT (UTC+2)|
|Dialling code: 4
(04 from within Zimbabwe)
Chimanimani is a town in Zimbabwe.
It is located in Chimanimani District, Manicaland Province, in southeastern Zimbabwe, close to the border with Mozambique. The town lies approximately 120 kilometres (75 mi), by road, south of Mutare, the location of the provincial headquarters. Its location lies approximately 365 kilometres (227 mi), by road, southeast of Harare, the capital of Zimbabwe and the largest city in that country. The coordinates of the town of Chimanimani are:19° 48' 0.00"S, 32° 51' 36.00"E (Latitude:19.8000; Longitude:32.8600).
Chimanimani was founded by the brothers Thomas Moodie and Dunbar Moodie in 1892. In 1895 it was moved to its current site and was officially called Melsetter after Moodie's family home in Orkney in Scotland. Following Zimbabwe's independence in 1980, the name of the town was changed to Mandidzudzure, in 1982. However, after consultation with the indigenous population, the name was changed to Chimanimani. An African music and arts festival, known as the Chimanimani Arts Festival is organised each year. The dates for the next Festival can be sourced through the recently resurrected Chimanimani Tourist Association.
The 1982 national census estimated the population of the town at 1,370. In 2004, the population of Chimanimani was estimated at 2,752. The next national population census in Zimbabwe is scheduled from 18 August 2012 through 28 August 2012.
Points of interest
The following points of interest lie in or near Chimanimani:
- The headquarters of Chimanimani Town Council
- The headquarters of Chimanimani District Administration
- The enrance to Chimanimani National Park
- Chimanimani Police Station
- A branch of Agricultural Development Bank of Zimbabwe (Agribank)
- A branch of Metropolitan Bank of Zimbabwe
- A branch of CBZ Bank Limited
- Chimanimani Eland Sanctuary
- Chimanimani Country Club