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Mashonaland is in the northeast of Zimbabwe, bordering Zambia to the north and Mozambique to the east. It is home to the Shona tribe who live in small villages and survive as subsistence farmers. The area is on a high plateau 900-1200m (3,000 to 4,000 feet) in altitude which slopes down to the Zambezi River Valley. The main area for tourism is Chinhoyi, about 115km northeast of Harare. One of the main towns is Kadoma, as it has many mining industries for employment and is also a popular tourist destination in a scenic area of hills and valleys.
A visit to the Biri Dam makes a pleasant day out as it is a centre of recreation. It was created as a freshwater supply for the area but is also used for watersports activities such as sailing and fishing. Those staying in a Mashonaland holiday rental near Kadoma will appreciate exploring the natural beauty of this hilly area which is ideal for hiking, biking and road trips. Other visitors may want to explore the gold, copper and nickel mines. The best way to experience the Victoria Falls is on a river cruise or on a sightseeing flight.
Chinhoyi is one of the main places to visit in the Mashonaland Central Province. The Chihoyi Caves are one of the most popular attractions for visitors staying in a Mashonaland holiday rental. They were probably used by the Shona tribe up to 500 years ago to store grain and as a hiding place during tribal attacks. The Sleeping Pool is one of the best features, and other cave pools are used as diving sites. A visit to the historic town of Marondera is also well worth doing as it is the highest town in Zimbabwe. Harare itself has several game reserves, the Larvon Bird Gardens and the Ewanrigg Botanical Gardens as well as the magnificent temple ruins of the Zimbabwe National Monument, a 13th century city complex which traded in gold. Those wanting to see the magnificent Victoria Falls, the largest in the world, during their stay in a Mashonaland holiday home should fly to the Victoria Falls (VFA) airport which is 22km (13 miles) from the town.
The weather in the Mashonaland area is warm and sunny throughout the year but the best time to visit is during the dry season, between April and October. These are also the coolest months, averaging 21°C (70°F). The hottest month is October reaching 28°C (83°F) and from November to March temperatures reach 26°C (79°F) on average.
The main airport near Mashonaland holiday rentals is the Harare (HRE) Airport, about 140km south of the area. It is connected to the city of Harare 14km (9 miles) away by coach and taxi.