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Murambinda: A Rural Gem in Zimbabwe’s Eastern Highlands

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Murambinda: A Rural Gem in Zimbabwe’s Eastern Highlands

Nestled amidst the verdant slopes of the Eastern Highlands, Murambinda offers a unique blend of rural charm, community spirit, and growing innovation. This guide delves into the town’s history, geography, attractions, and resources, catering to both Zimbabweans and international visitors seeking an authentic Zimbabwean experience.

Location and GPS Coordinates

Murambinda is situated in the Buhera District of the Manicaland Province, located in the eastern part of Zimbabwe. Approximately 140 kilometers (87 miles) southwest of Mutare, the provincial headquarters, Murambinda is a key town with strategic regional importance. The district headquarters, Buhera village, is positioned about 30 kilometers (19 miles) further southwest, while the town of Chivhu, with a population of 10,370, is around 104 kilometers (65 miles) northwest of Murambinda. The precise coordinates of Murambinda are 19° 16′ 12.00″S latitude and 31° 39′ 0.00″ E longitude, placing it at an altitude of 3,264 feet (995 m) above sea level.


Murambinda stands as one of the two designated urban areas in Buhera District, alongside Birchenough Bridge. The town hosts Murambinda School and Murambinda Mission Hospital (MMH), managed by the Sisters of the Little Company of Mary under the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Harare. Founded in 1968, MMH also serves as the District Hospital for nearly 300,000 district inhabitants. Adjacent to the hospital is a nurses training school affiliated with MMH.

History of Murambinda

Referred to at times as Murambinda Growth Point, the town is part of the government’s initiative to establish urban centers in predominantly rural settings known as “Growth Points.” These centers aim to develop urban residential areas, small and medium enterprises (SMEs), and light industry.

Size and Population

While the current population of Murambinda is not publicly known, the town had an estimated population of 3,383 in 2004. The next national census in Zimbabwe is scheduled from August 18, 2012, through August 28, 2012, providing an updated demographic snapshot of the town.

Distance From Harare to Murambinda

Traveling from Harare to Murambinda involves a scenic journey of approximately 265 kilometers, taking about 3 to 4 hours by car.

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Distance From Murambinda To Mutare

Mutare, the provincial capital, lies closer at a distance of 164 kilometers, reachable within 2 hours 30 minutes by car.

Murambinda: A Rural Gem in Zimbabwe's Eastern Highlands

Murambinda: A Rural Gem in Zimbabwe’s Eastern Highlands

Connecting with Murambinda Town Council

For any inquiries or concerns, you can contact the Murambinda Town Council at:

Schools In Murambinda

Murambinda provides primary and secondary education through several schools:

  • Murambinda Government School
  • Murambinda High School
  • Maneta Primary School
  • Murambinda B Secondary School

Lodges in Murambinda

While Murambinda doesn’t have a plethora of luxury hotels, several comfortable lodges and guesthouses offer a taste of local hospitality. These accommodations often come with stunning natural surroundings and opportunities to interact with the community.

  • Nzou Lodges
  • Musangano Lodge
  • Nyamazi Falls Lodge
  • Bumi Hills Safari Lodge
  • Kutandara Lodges

Things to Do in Murambinda

Embark on an enriching experience in Murambinda with these activities:

  • Immerse yourself in history: Visit the Murambinda Mission Hospital and learn about its impact on the community.
  • Embrace nature: Explore the scenic Eastern Highlands, hike breathtaking trails, and witness diverse wildlife.
  • Connect with the community: Engage with local artisans, visit vibrant markets, and experience traditional Zimbabwean culture.
  • Support local innovation: Learn about the “Murambinda Works” initiative and its role in fostering digital literacy and entrepreneurship.
  • Relax and unwind: Enjoy the serene atmosphere, indulge in local cuisine, and immerse yourself in the peaceful rural setting.

Murambinda’s Trivia Tidbits

  • Did you know? Murambinda Mission Hospital was one of the first healthcare facilities in Zimbabwe to utilize low-cost technology for testing HIV viral loads.
  • The town’s name, “Murambinda,” translates to “place of the gathering” in the Shona language.
  • Murambinda is known for its annual agricultural show, showcasing the region’s farming produce and livestock.


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