Binga

Elevation (feet): 7,995
Elevation (meters): 2,437
Continent: Africa
Country: Mozambique
Range/Region: Zimbabwe Plateau
Latitude: -19.783333
Longitude: 33.066667
Difficulty: Scramble
Best months for climbing: Mar, Apr, May, Jun, Jul, Aug, Sep, Oct
Nearest major airport: Harare
Convenient Center: Chimanimani

Thanks to Mark Speight for adding this peak.

Mount Binga is the highest point in Mozambique. It is part of the Chimanimani mountain range on the frontier between Zimbabwe and Mozambique. From the Zimbabwean side it appears as a rugged wall of rock rising above the forested foothills of pine plantations, with Mount Binga lying in the northern part of the range flanked by two smaller peaks Mawenje (2399 meters) and Dombe (2215 meters).

The mountain lies within Mozambique's Chimanimani National Reserve, and within the Chimanimani Transfrontier Conservation Area (TFCA). This TFCA intends to facilitate and promote communication between Mozambique's Chimanimani Reserve and Zimbabwe's Chimanimani Park, which are adjacent to one to another. To date, both countries have not yet ratified an agreement which would allow tourists to cross freely from one conservation area to another. Although this is done by occasional tourists, it is not yet official.

From Mozambique, Binga can be accessed using the Chimoio Sussundenga Road, and then the Sussundenga Rotanda Road. There are two camps within the Reserve (Chikukwa and Mahate). The trail to the summit is well marked but steep and a full day should be allowed if you intend to return to the base camp. There are also a number of caves and campsites that can be used along the trail.

More information on Chimanimani National Reserve can be obtained by sending an email to: actf.chimanimani@teledata.mz.

(Madyo Couto also contributed to this description.)

Thanks to Mark Speight for this description.