Chirinda forest located in the eastern highlands of Zimbabwe just close to chimanimani mountains under Chipenge District.The Chirinda Forest Reserve covers about 950 ha of primary evergreen forest on the slopes of Mt Selinda in SE Zimbabwe. It is one of the larger protected forest areas in the country with a unique combination of tropical and subtropical vegetation species. The forest in the eastern highlands of Zimbabwe close to Chipenge
Most impressive are the towering specimens of forest trees, such as Chrysophyllum gorungosanum, Ficus chirindensis, and the famous "Big Tree", Khaya anthotheca, Argomuellera macrophylla, Celtis mildbraedii, Strychnos mellodora and Strychnos mitis are among the rare species, which are only found in the Chirinda Forest or are very rare elsewhere in Zimbabwe
During the Zimbabwe independence war, mountain passes in the Chimanimani area were frequently used by guerilla fighters between Zimbabwe and their camps in Mozambique, who laid mines along local roads to disrupt the local economy. Because of this, the passes were heavily mined by Rhodesian government forces. Land mines have continued to be a real hazard in the area, particularly after heavy rain.
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