Nyanga, Zimbabwe

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Nyanga
Nyamhuka Township, Nyanga
Nyamhuka Township, Nyanga
Nyanga is located in Zimbabwe
Nyanga
Nyanga
Coordinates: 18°12′36″S 32°44′24″E / 18.21000°S 32.74000°E / -18.21000; 32.74000Coordinates: 18°12′36″S 32°44′24″E / 18.21000°S 32.74000°E / -18.21000; 32.74000
Country Zimbabwe
Province Manicaland
District Nyanga District
City Nyaga Municipality
Elevation 1,679 m (5,509 ft)
Population (2004 Estimate)
 • Total 4,850
Time zone CET (UTC+1)
 • Summer (DST) CEST (UTC+1)

Nyanga is a town in Zimbabwe. At one time, the town was known as Inyanga.

Location[edit]

It is located in Nyanga District, Manicaland Province, in northeastern Zimbabwe, close to the International border with Mozambique. This location lies immediately north of Nyanga National Park in the Eastern Highlands, about 115 kilometres (71 mi), by road, north of Mutare, the nearest large city.[1] This location lies approximately 265 kilometres (165 mi), by road, east of Harare, the capital of Zimbabwe and the largest city in that country.[2] The coordinates of Nyanga are:18° 12' 36.00"S, 32° 44' 24.00"E (Latitude: 18.2100; Longitude:32.7400). Nyanga sits at an elevation of 5,509 feet (1,679 m), above sea level.[3]

Overview[edit]

Mount Nyangani, the highest mountain in Zimbabwe, lies about 20 kilometres (12 mi), southeast of the town. Its highest peak rises to approximately 2,600 metres (8,500 ft), above sea level. Nyanga is primarily a tourist town and is a popular tourist destination with its fishing, golf courses, mountain hikes and holiday resorts. The Mtarazi Falls, inside Nyanga National Park, are the highest waterfalls in the country, cascading about 760 metres (2,490 ft), from top to bottom. The surrounding areas also contain many Stone Age and Iron Age archaeological remains such as pit structures, stone forts, terraces and pathways. Inside the town is the bustling township of Nyamhuka, around which there is an ever expanding growth of high and medium density housing. Nyanga is also host to the largest army training camp in Zimbabwe, hosting recruits from across Africa. [CBZ bank a major commercial bank in Zimbabwe, Allied bank and ZB bank, maintains a branch in town.[4]

History[edit]

The Nyanga region has long been regarded as a place of great natural beauty. In 1896, Cecil John Rhodes wrote to his agent: "Dear McDonald, Inyanga is much finer than you described.....Before it is all gone, buy me quickly up to 100,000 acres (400 km2), and be sure to take in the Pungwe Falls. I would like to try sheep and apple growing."

Population[edit]

The current population of Nyanga is not publicly known. According to the 1982 Population Census, the town had a population of 2,973. In 2004, the population of the town was estimated at 4,850.[5] The next national population census in Zimbabwe is scheduled from 18 August 2012 through 28 August 2012.[6]

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