Zimbabwe's Eastern Highlands offer a cooler and more rain-rich climate than the rest of the country. Thus dense, primaeval forests thrive, of which you can admire small pockets that still exist in the Chirinda Forest Reserve and in the Bunga Forest. Some rare animal and bird species occur only in this circumscribed area, such as the Samango monkeys or the Blue duiker antelope. A few bird species are endemic to only a tiny piece of the Bunga Forest, such as the Swynnertons robin or the Buff spotted flufftail.
The people of this region make use of the ideal climate in order to grow tea, coffee and some varieties of fruit, such as bananas.
The Eastern Highlands used to be a very popular holiday destination for Zimbabwean people who were able to recover from the heat of the southern summer here. Today, the region is more of an insider tip amongst international visitors who would like to experience something other than the classic safari. Here, you can hike to your heart's content, admire and climb mountains, gaze in awe at ancient rock paintings, bathe in waterfalls, play golf, or, for specialists, go on a search for rare bird species.