Lake Mutirikwi is one of the inland water bodies found in Zimbabwe. It is located in Masvingo Province in Zimbabwe a few miles away from the majestic Great Zimbabwe Monuments and the place has a variety of recreational activities for both local and foreign tourists.
Lake Mutikirikwi, also known as Lake Kyle, was constructed in 1960 by the Rhodesian government. The main purpose for constructing the dam was to provide the region with enough water for irrigation and other agricultural activities all year round.
Lake Mutirikwi is one of the biggest inland water bodies in the country covering about 9 300 hectares. The dam has a variety of aquatic species which include fish of different types. The most popular types of fish found in the lake include largemouth bass, greenland bream, Mozambican bream, red-breamed fish, spotted catlet among others.
Fishing is the major recreational activity done at Lake Muturikwi. Besides activities in the lake, visitors can also enjoy activities in the Mutirikwi Recreational Park which is located in the same vicinity with the lake. The Park is home to more than 25 species of wild mammals. Some commonly cited animals include; buffalo, common duiker, eland, impala, kudu, reedbuck, warthog, waterbuck, white rhinoceros, wildebeest, zebra, giraffe, squirrel, black-backed jackal, leopard, honey badger, rockdassie, hippopotamus, ostrich, crocodile and porcupine. Some of the rarer species include; antbear, bushbuck, bush pig, klipspringer, sable and steenbuck.
The picnic sites have ablution and fireplaces. The sites are mainly for day use. Popoteke Picnic Site located approximately 10 km from the Kyle entrance gate and situated in the northern portion of the Park. The Popoteke gorge site adjoins a special conservation area; a refuge rich in estuarine for spawning fish. The woodland type is predominantly Miombo with Brachystegia spiciformis and julbernada globiflora as constituent species. The gorge offers a spectacular view. Mutirikwi Picnic Site located 6 km from the Tourist Office.
- Game viewing - visitors use their own vehicles for transport.
- Fishing - visitors bring their own fishing gear and boats.
- Guided walks
- Guided horse rides
- Arboretum walk - unguided walk from Tourist Office to the camp sites
- Scenic view - Uchicho; view of the lake and mountains
- Bompst boat club.
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