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The City of Mutare is located amidst a long range of picturesque mountain range which divides Zimbabwe and Mozambique.

MOST visitors to Mutare call the city, Zimbabwe’s paradise because there are so many majestic and breath taking views of nature.

Mutare is endowed with mountains that disappear into the blue sky.

As one drives past Christmas pass overlooking much of the Mutare city, mountains are dotted with bush shrubbery that from that view point superfluously blends well with the structure, giving some sort of eternal union.

For those who were born and grew up in Mutare they will tell you that the feeling of seeing wafting clouds kiss the mountain tops mirage blends with the lush green of the mountains that ring-fence the city in ephemeral splendour as they drive past Christmas pass is a way of saying – ‘welcome home’.

The City of Mutare is located amidst a long range of picturesque mountain range which divides Zimbabwe and Mozambique.

Mutare is very rich in Zimbabwean culture, immense with history and is donned with beautiful tourist escapades.

Not only is Mutare one of the most beautiful places on earth, but it also has the most kind and warmest people who take time to listen to “strangers”.

People who come from Mutare or Manicaland, are well known in Zimbabwe for their eloquence in speech, integrity, and modest behaviour, as depicted in folktales and jokes about them.

Mutare has vast stretches of a mountainous terrain enveloped in beautiful thick green bushes.

It is blessed with the widest range of excellent resorts and facilities in Zimbabwe.

These include the Nyanga and Vumba mountains for excellent game viewing, scenic views, mountain climbing, hiking, horseback riding and fishing.

Few, if any, of the early gold miners who camped in the Penhalonga Valley so many years ago, could have guessed that their small encampment would lead to a frontier village and to the garden city that is Mutare today.

History has it that more than 90 years ago, those intrepid men set up camp on Fort Hill. This could be called the first Umtali site, although no permanent settlement was established because of the mining activity in the area.

That site was evacuated in 1891 and a new site selected along the Umtali River.

A police camp and government buildings were erected, a township was declared and about 300 stands surveyed.

That settlement, now known as Old Umtali, 10 miles north of the city, retained its importance for five years until March 26, 1896, when they were told that the Beira-Mutare railroad was to be continued through to Harare.

People were promised that the line would touch Mutare, but after a survey, it was found that engineering difficulties made a direct line impossible.

The town was moved, and compensation was to be given to the land’s settlers.

The settlers then moved to stands equal in size and relative situation to their existing holdings, and so Mutare was established for the third and last time.

The railway connection reached Mutare in February, 1898 — it remained the terminus until 1899 when the line reached Harare, thus establishing Mutare as the inland port to Zimbabwe.

Mutare was proclaimed a municipality in 1914 and became a city on October 1, 1971.

Until today Mutare is still standing, lying north of the Bvumba Mountains and south of the Imbeza Valley.

It is still home to the Mutare Museum, the Utopia House Museum dedicated to Kingsley Fairbridge, the National Gallery of Zimbabwe, Murahwa Hill, known for its rock paintings and Iron Age village, Cross Kopje with a memorial to Zimbabweans and Mozambiqueans killed in World War I and a nature reserve.

Mutare is esteemed. It has in recent years been the centre of controversy for its high-grade diamonds, in Marange popularly known as ngoda in the local dialect, Chimanyika.

Source : Financial Gazette