Bridal Veil Falls are located in the mountains above the town of Chimanimani. They are famed for their beauty and relative remoteness; as such, the site has become a destination for photographers and ecotourists.
Bridal Veil Falls are four kilometres by road from the village and many visitors park their vehicle in the village and enjoy the walk on the gravel road, which is not particularly arduous, but does involve a steady uphill trudge on the return leg. To drive requires a vehicle with at least high clearance and probably 4WD if it has rained recently. Getting to Bridal Veil Falls requires a drive east through Chimanimani village and then turning north at the turn off for the Frog and Fern Cottages.
Things to Do
Bridal Veil Falls is an ideal picnic site within easy walking distance from the Chimanimani Village. Tucked away at the base of high cliffs, where time seems to stop and all that’s to be heard are birds singing and the water trickling over rocks into a crystal clear pool. If you feel brave, take a swim in the icy waters where many thankful mountain walkers have dipped their tired feet.
The small stream feeding the waterfall runs through the Eland Sanctuary, adjacent and to the north of the town and which includes the Martin Forest Reserve as well. Local people call the Falls Mutsarara, from the sound of the water falling, and it is reputedly the home of an Nzuzu (water nymph)
The birdlife is magnificent and there are lots of interesting plants including Water Parsnip (Sium Repandum), Crotalaria Variegata, an unusual species of Pineapple Flower (Eucomis Autumnalis) and a beautiful grove of Wild Banana (Ensete Ventricosum) In November a popular outdoor music festival to celebrate culture and conservation is held called Bridal Veil Mbira Moon Chimanimani and is hosted by ZPWMA and Chimanimani Conservation Network.
Pay the admission fee before you leave at the parks office in town.
Frog & Fern Cottages provides quality self-catering accommodation in 3 stone, thatch and wood cottages housing a maximum of twelve people at any one time. There are three cottages and two camp sites in a fenced garden.
Miombo Cottage sleeps up to six people in a double storey cottage, with the main bedroom downstairs en suite. Upstairs are four single beds, dorm style. The Miombo Cottage has two bathrooms, lounge with a fireplace an open plan dining area, kitchen and stone braai.
Msasa Cottage sleeps two people. This cottage has a large open verandah and a stone braai. It’s located next door to Miombo
Mzanje Cabin sleeps two to three people and has a fireplace in the lounge, large kitchen, one shower and loo with a small outside sitting area including a stone braai.