Mzingwane catchment is bordered by the following districts Umzingwane, Gwanda, Matopo, Plumtree, Bulili, Beitbridge, Filabusi, Mwenezi, and Mberengwa. The catchment area is approximately 63 000 km2 .

Mzingwane Catchment is divided into 4 sub-catchments namely Lower Mzingwane, Upper Mzingwane, Shashe and Mwenezi. Mzingwane river system consists of all the catchments of the Mwenezi river and its tributaries, including all small rivers and streams down to the Mozambique border, and the whole catchments of the Bubi and Mzingwane rivers and their tributaries and streams down to Limpopo river, and the whole catchment of the Shashe river and its tributaries and streams down to the Limpopo.


Mzingwane catchment relief patterns varies with districts the lowest altitude is in Beitbridge ranging from 150-300m and the highest in Gwanda district with range from 900-1 100 mm.


The catchment falls within natural regions 4 and 5 characterised by low rainfall. The rainfall is very erratic and has been much so with the recent droughts. The mean annual rainfall is 300 and the rain season runs from October to April. The dry season covers the rest of the months. The annual mean minimum temperature for the catchment is 5o C and the mean maximum temperature is 30 degrees Celsius. Evaporation for the catchment ranges from 1800mm 2000mm per annum.


The catchment has a wide range of socio-economic activities ranging fromwildlife /game viewing (Gonarezhou, Matopo and Malipati national parks) and many other private safari operators e.g. Sondelani ,Mazunga Nuanetsi ranch. Fishing and other recreational activities in major dams e.g. Zhove, Inyankuni, Mayfair and Upper/Lower Ncema.

3 thoughts on “Mzingwane Catchment

  1. Farai Zizhou Reply

    Check topography section. The page refers to mm instead of meters. On economic activities, please add mining diamonds and gold.

  2. Sukoluhle Reply

    Your support is highly appreciated

    I have a more than one-year-old blockage at 126 Ncema Park Umzingwane, implying it’s been a year without water yet I pay all ZINWA bills on time regardless. The fault has been reported to Zimwa personals several times with time to time follow-ups done and nothing has been done.

    I feel it is time to call the incompetence, ineffectiveness, and reluctance heads on.

    The recent response from Mr. Maphosa 077 3773281 is ** We are currently running a project tht we have a target to meet unfortunately it’s only two of us and we are both held up, we know of the situation at ncema park and it has affected quite a number of our consumers there and it’s an issue tht we will attend to as soon as we are done wth the project which will be some time nxt week**

    Unfortunately, this is no longer unacceptable. The report isn’t resent for it to be scheduled after the project. The report is over a year old, the fault should have been fixed a long time ago before the project even started.

    Looking forward to pure professionalism and a humanly fair approach on the matter

    Thank you

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