Water has a calming effect that I love about it. For me whether am stressed or super high water does it me… the high am talking about aint the one you thinking about lol no no I don’t, never will I ever consider being extraordinarily naturally high hahaha yeah I know you thought I was going to confess no I don’t roll like that. Lake Chivero has always been my favourite place to be regardless of how long it has taken me to talk and post about.
Lake Chivero is a reservoir that can be found on the Manyame River in our beautiful Zimbabwe. Formerly known as Lake McIlwaine in memory of Sir Robert Mcllwaine, who was a former judge of the High Court and founder of Zimbabwe’s soil and water conservation movement, lake Chivero is located southwest of Harare, the lake also provides the main source of water for the sunshine city for domestic water purposes for Harare residents as well as irrigation purposes. Before most of you get lost I might as well give you the directions, so along the Harare Bulawayo road en-route to the left after travelling 37 kilometres from Harare just after Hunyani Bridge is where you will find the lake at. So according to history, the lake was officially opened to the public in 1952, as it stands the dam wall is about 400 metres long and has a capacity of an estimated 250 000 million litres of water plus the on its own covers an estimated 2630 hectares, some of you are already thinking about fish, yes lake Chivero is famous for its fish and some of the fish species that can be found in the lake are Common Grass Carp, Read breasted bream, Cat fish, Nile bream.
Another important fact is that the lake is under the management of Zimparks. The Game Park was established in 1962 and covers about 3 470 hectares. Within the game park you will find white Rhinoceros, Giraffe, Zebra, Impala, Kudu, Tsessebe, Ostrich, Eland, Sable, Baboon, Velvet Monkey, Bush pig, Rock hyrax, Scrub hare, Bush squirrel, Duiker, Warthog, Civet, Genet, Black backed jackal, porcupine, pangolin, Bush baby, Night ape. Bird watchers can enjoy paradise with birds such as African open bill stork, Barbets, Bee eaters, Buzzards coots, Cormorants, Doves, Hamerkops, Jacana, King fisher, Grey heron, Grey herons, Goliath heron, fish eagle, Gloss starling, Lilac breasted roller discoverable within the park. What would a game park be without a bit of rock paintings? The paintings are believed to have in existence for approximately 100years.
Am not even going to talk about accommodation, this is zimparks we talking about but you do need to carry your cooler box, wallet and fun