World's Greatest Places 2021
A Manica sugarbush in Chimanimani National Park, Mozambique.
Jen Guyton
July 20, 2021 6:35 AM EDT

Decades ago, poaching in the Chimanimani Mountains helped fund wars. But now, Mozambique’s recently designated Chimanimani National Park, located in Zimbabwe-­bordering Manica province, is a testament to the country’s ongoing conservation efforts. With a vast landscape including Mozambique’s highest peak, Mount Binga, the park is home to rare mountain elephants and dozens of birds, reptiles, butterflies and plants that are unique to the area. Guided-tour groups in both Mozambique and Zimbabwe recommend Chimanimani as a top attraction, boasting walking and hiking trails untouched by cars—and the chance of glimpsing some of the hundreds of species identified by recent biodiversity studies in the area. Nadia-Elysse Harris

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