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Job Vacancy: Mukuvisi Woodlands General Manager

Less than 5km from the centre of Harare is The Mukuvisi Woodlands Nature Reserve and Environment Education Centre,

“a touch of the wild in the heart of the city”.

The 270 hectares of indigenous miombo woodland are home to a wide variety of species of wild birds, reptiles and game.

Over 300 schools from around Zimbabwe participate in its Eco Schools programme.

The Council of the responsible authority, the Mukuvisi Woodlands Association, is seeking the services of a General Manager to head the administration.

The Job Involves:

  • Managing 20 staff and volunteers to ensure the proper conservation of water, vegetation and soil of the woodlands, the maintenance of good animal health, the operation of the coffee shop, and smooth-running of events and functions held at The Woodlands;
  • Maximising the impact of Environment Education at Mukuvisi Woodlands;
  • A high degree of involvement in the entire budgetary process and financial management of Mukuvisi Woodlands;
  • Often working irregular hours on the weekends / public holidays. Weekend work will be compensated by time off convenient to both parties during the week;
  • Playing a leading role to keep up the image of Mukuvisi Woodlands;
  • Reporting to the MukWA Council.

The Person Will Have:

  • Previous success managing people and resources, particularly in the area of estate management and maintenance;
  • High level of spoken and written communication skills and the proven ability to relate well to others at all levels;
  • The ability to take personal and professional responsibility for making and implementing decisions, and the consequences thereof;
  • Experience in managing a multi-faceted business, preferably with a community and educational focus;
  • Experience in an appropriate biological sciences field, and  hands-on knowledge of natural history, wildlife and conservation will be beneficial;
  • A good measure of common-sense, high energy level and a well-developed sense of humour.

On offer is a negotiable and performance-related remuneration.

If you feel that your talents and experience are not being fully utilised at present, this may be the ideal opportunity for you.

Interested and Qualified?

Please send your application and Curriculum Vitae to:

by 18th October 2021

Only short-listed candidates will be contacted.

Mukuvisi Woodlands is now OPEN

from 8 am to 5 pm EVERY DAY!

And don't miss these two enjoyable events,
coming up soon!




Our Coffee Shop is OPEN
for takeaways only

Welcome to Mukuvisi Woodlands Nature Reserve website!

Mukuvisi Woodlands
in line with Covid regulations

Currently opens at 8 am
and closes 5pm

Gate is locked at 5pm PROMPT.

All visitors, walkers, runners and cyclists MUST be OUT by then.

We are normally open every day of the year
from 7am to 6pm DAILY.

When we return to these hours it will be announced here.


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Some Up-Coming Events:

As soon as we are able to go ahead with these

exciting events we will notify you HERE!






Mukuvisi Woodlands Nature Reserve Fees in USD and ZWL
Entry and Activity Fees Woodlands Walk - Run - Bike on our Trails
Mukuvisi-Woodlands-Eland Mukuvisi Woodlands trails
Pensioners 65 years and above: Entry is FREE:
US$2 for events.
BUT NOTE: Although senior citizens can enjoy this privilege - if you DO CHOOSE to pay, you support our efforts to protect this amazing facility for all to appreciate!
We offer the popular option of the Unguided Scenic Woodlands Walk, Run or MTB Cycle Ride on our Marked Trail Routes of
around 3, 5, 8 and 10 km:
Available Every Day of the Week.
NOTE: Indemnity MUST be signed before you start.
Adult US$ 5 Adult US$ 5
Child 5 to 12 years US$ 4 Child 5 to 12 years US$ 4
Child 0 to 4 years FREE Dog: MUST be on a LEAD throughout! US$ 2
Church and Charity Groups Discounts: Fees for Functions and Events
10 Adults (20% discount) US$ 40 Boma Hire – Private Parties (< 50 people): All attendees must also pay standard entry fees as at top left.
US$ 80
10 Children (20% discount) US$ 25 Church Groups and Charities (< 50 people): All attendees also pay group entry fees as at left. US$100
Activity and Safari Fees: Must be booked in advance.
Times for Horse Safaris 7.30 am, 9 am and 3 pm.

Please arrive 15 minutes early and report to Reception.
Photographer attendance, special functions US$30
Fees for Educational visits - TBA
Horse safari – adult US$ 15 Pre, Primary, Senior School Teachers, Lecturers TBA
Horse safari; child up to 12 years US$ 10 College and Senior School Student TBA
Child riding with adult US$ 5 Pre and Primary School Pupil TBA
Pony ride US$ 2 Photographers TBA
Walking safari with guide US$ 15 Pony rides - for children under 8 years old TBA
Guided bird walk US$ 15 Pony rides for group of 10 children under 8 TBA
To enjoy GREAT discounts for frequent visitors to Mukuvisi:

Become a MEMBER of the Woodlands!

See Membership Page or enquire at Reception.

Email for ALL enquiries about anything to do with the Woodlands, including Membership:

We have a Swipe Machine and Ecocash: Ecocash Merchant Code: 111610.

Enquiries and safari bookings: 0774 198 009. Landlines 0242 - 747123 / 747111 / 747083

Late last year we invested in a Coffee Machine!

Come and enjoy your favourite (Currently TAKEAWAY) Cappuccino or Espresso in our Mukuvisi Woodlands Coffee Shop ....

We use delicious, flavoursome, export quality Leopard Forest Coffee beans, direct from the Bvumba!


Come and browse in the Woodlands Shop!




Mukuvisi Woodlands - 1980 to 2021

Last year, we proudly celebrated our 40th year of providing the public with

A Touch of the Wild in the Heart of the City...

and meaningfully contributing to
the Environmental Education of Zimbabweans of all ages.

We are currently open from 8 am to 5 pm

in line with current Covid regulations.

Gate closes promptly at 5pm - Please ensure you respect this.

Our Coffee Shop is open for takeaways only - and sells:

Coffee, Teas, Hot Dogs, Steak Rolls, Bacon and Egg Rolls, Toasted Sandwiches, Hamburgers, Boerewors Rolls, Chips, Cold Drinks, Water, Ice-creams, Crisps and Sweet Treats, and more....

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Above and Left:

These lovely photos of a nesting paradise flycatcher were recently taken in the Woodlands by Pierre Neethling.

These pictures are copyright to Pierre Neethling.

The Mukuvisi Woodlands are one of Zimbabwe's national treasures. They provide one of the few remaining large green spaces open to the public in Harare. Over 18 000 school children visit each year.

Deforestation and loss of habitat is rampant country-wide. Zimbabwe's amazing wildlife is more or less restricted to National Parks and other conservancies, and for some people, the Mukuvisi Woodlands provide the only opportunity they have to see our wild animals, and appreciate our country's natural, stunningly beautiful, miombo woodlands.

First proposed as a protected green-belt area in 1910, those championing the idea of these Woodlands fought an uphill battle against suburban development in the area right through to 1979, when the Mukuvisi Woodlands Association was created, and in 1980, an official lease agreement, running until 2090, was signed between this Association and Harare Municipality.

Objectives of the Mukuvisi Woodlands Association were first defined as:

  • To conserve and utilise the Mukuvisi Woodlands;
  • To provide and develop facilities for education in the principles and practice of nature conservation, environmental studies and research;
  • To encourage the public to appreciate the natural environment.
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Mukuvisi Woodlands has succeeded very well in all of these, and continues to succeed, particularly in the area of Conservation Education. Our flagship Eco-Schools Programme is helping to create a new generation of environmentally aware, dedicated children, who understand today's burning conservation challenges and issues.

Eco Schools activities

We offer regular Bush Camps for children, and hold many other educational events. We have a full time Education Officer, plus several university students on attachment doing research and teaching on an on-going basis.


Left: The Eco Schools Challenge is one of many events organised each year for participating schools. Children take part in enjoyable quizzes, games and activities, engaging with their natural environment in the Woodlands and learning experientially while having fun.

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riverside walk in the Mukuvisi woodlandsIt's time for a lovely walk or cycle, exploring our trails....and enjoying ... Mukuvisi-woodlands-trail
A Touch of the Wild

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in the Heart of the City

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Photos on this site are COPYRIGHT and taken in Mukuvisi Woodlands by Rosie Mitchell of Wild Imaginings who designs and maintains this website:

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