Mwenje Dam is a travel destination I didn’t know existed until 3 months ago. If you love nature, this is the place for you! Its situated about 80km out of Harare and Google Maps is your friend for directions. Simply input Mwenje Dam in the search bar and you’re well on your way to an exciting day trip adventure!
I strongly recommend you also confirm your directions with the locals as you go as technology isn’t always reliable. The people there are so friendly and welcoming, and they make you feel like part of their community from the moment you arrive.
This travel adventure was a moment of serendipity for my partner and I. The first thing that caught my attention was the picturesque dam view. I remember jumping out of the car just so I could take in the view and feel the cold wind coming from the dam caress my cheeks. What a comforting feeling it was; like the dam was giving me a big welcome hug.
“If you never go, you’ll never know.” – UnKnown
Over the past year I’ve discovered that sometimes I enjoy staying at home because I’ve made it a very comfortable and cosy space. However, on most days I want to leave the hustle and bustle of Harare and spend a day outdoors; preferably outside Harare. My favourite things to do when I get the chance to run wild and free are; reading a good book, taking in beautiful views which include trees, sunset, waterfalls and mostly driving down the pothole-less roads out of town.
Below are 10 reasons why I love Mwenje Dam:
- It’s a budget-friendly day trip. We only spent USD10 on the day because we ran out of alcohol.
- There’s NO entry fee.
- You can bring your cooler box with your favourite drinks.
- There’s a well-stocked bar incase you need a refill of your cold beverages.
- You can bring your meat for braai; there’s a USD5 charge for braaing the meat for you.
- Snacks and food are welcome at no charge.
- It’s a secluded place so you won’t have to worry about not getting a parking spot.
- Everyone is welcome, there’s no age restriction.
- You get to watch the locals showcase a colourful display of dives into Mwenje Dam. If you’re brave enough you can join them but I prefer watching from the sidelines.
- You’ll take beautiful pictures and videos that will be perfect for your social media feed!
On our second visit, we went with my daughter and were disappointed to find no water spilling over to the other side of the dam. We had described it perfectly for her only for her to see it in its dry form. When you plan your trip keep in mind that the space flourishes around the rainy season which is November to March and March to May.
Some day soon I’ll be a Travel Influencer because one thing I love more than anything in this world, is traveling. It’s one of the best ways to get out of your comfort zone and experience new things. It’s also a great way to meet new people and see how they live their lives. You should try it too, I promise you won’t regret it.
If you’re reading this from outside Zimbabwe make sure you bookmark this post so that you too can experience a day of relaxation on a budget. And if you’re reading this from right here in Zimbabwe, I highly recommend you visit Mwenje Dam this weekend! It’s a great place to go on a date with your significant other or to bring your friends along.
Go forth and have fun!
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Have you been to Mwenje Dam? If not, when do you plan to visit?