Formerly known as Inyanga, Nyanga is located in Nyanga District, Manicaland Province, in northeastern Zimbabwe. Such is the natural beauty of this area that Cecil John Rhodes, back in 1896 wrote to his agent that he would like to buy up-to 100,000 acres in the area and to make sure that the Pungwe Falls was included.
The Nyanga, also Kinyanga, Banianga, Banyanga, Nianga or Nyangas, are Bantu people in the African Great Lakes region. Today they live predominantly in the Kivu region of the Democratic Republic of the Congo, near the frontier with Rwanda and Uganda. They speak the Nyanga language, also called Kinyanga.
The ruins at Nyanga National Park indicate the ancestry to the Sena speakers, part of the linguistic group found in the Mozambique, whose influence can also be seen in the current dialects.
Nyanga National Park - situated in one of the most scenic areas of Zimbabwe's Eastern Highlands, the Nyanga National Park is a 47 000 hectare Park consisting rolling hills, stunning mountanious views and perennial rivers. Added to this is the unique flora and fauna of the region. The mountainous terrain is home to a variety of animals including the mysterious waterbuck, wildebeest, kudu, zebra, impala, sables and eland. This region boasts a high population of the blue duiker and samango monkeys – found only in the Eastern Highlands of Zimbabwe.
Mtarazi Falls - The highest falls in Zimbabwe and second highest in Africa. The Mutarazi Falls is located in a tiny National Park on the southern border of the Nyanga National Park.
Mount Nyangani - highest mountain in Zimbabwe, Mount Nyangani is located within Nyanga National Park in Nyanga District. The mountain is composed of an upper sill of dolerite and sandstone, with the harder dolerite forming cliffs and ridges.
Fifteenth to seventeenth century ruins of the Ziwa people have been found throughout Nyanga. The ruins include homesteads, centred on pit structures thought to have been used as cattle-pens and larger hill-top settlements, referred to as Forts.
Nyanga is about 115 kilometres (71 miles), by road, north of Mutare, the nearest large city. This location lies approximately 265 kilometres (165 mi), by road, east of Harare, the capital of Zimbabwe and the largest city in Zimbabwe.