TIPTOES: Save-Runde River Confluence

With an altitude of 162 metres the junction of these two famous rivers on the border with Mozambique is the lowest point in Zimbabwe.  Between the 13th and 15th centuries  traders sailed up the Save River from the Indian Ocean to barter cloth, ceramics and beads for gold and ivory. The National Parks and Wildlife Management entrance at Chilo is close to the confluence, although only accessible in the dry season. There are two very basic ZNPWM campsites near the confluence: Gayiseni and Chamuluvati. An impressive variety of game and birdlife can be seen at Tembawahata and Machaniwa seasonal pans, which also offer several picnic sites.  Marhumbini is a noted viewpoint. The turquoise killifish (Nothobranchius furzeri) is an annual fish that lives for a few months during the rainy season, and it is endemic to this region. The unique riverine-type vegetation, with palms and thick indigenous forests bring to mind thoughts of a jungle, making this a truly special part of Zimbabwe.

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