Location: Mt Buchwa

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Photo: Google Earth

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Photo: Bart Wursten
Mt Buchwa.

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Photo: Bart Wursten
Close to the Edge

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Photo: Bart Wursten
The Tunnel

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Photo: Bart Wursten
The Lake. The old mine shaft now flooded.

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Photo: Petra Ballings
View along the ridge.

General Information

Quarter degree square: 2030C2

Country: Zimbabwe

Habitat: Dry Acacia woodland near the base, miombo woodland on the slopes, rocky areas, some submontane grassland and evergreen forested areas with influences of Eastern Highlands vegetation.

Altitude range: c.1000 - 1627 m

Annual rainfall:

Location (short):

Location (detailed): Isolated mountain range with ceased open mining activity about 68 km Southeast of Zvishavane.


Mt Buchwa is crescent-shaped mountain range. It rises up very steeply from a generally dry plateau of c. 900 -1000 m to 1627 m at its highest peak. The rocks contain high concentrations of iron ore and parts of the mountain have been heavily mined until about 2001 when mining operation ceased to be economically viable. The considerable differences in altitude of this isolated mountain with the generally dry surrounding low-veld, generates a much higher rainfall and regular mists on the higher slopes and peaks, resulting in a higher diversity with presence of interesting plant species otherwise restricted to the high rainfall areas of the Eastern Highlands.

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Copyright: Mark Hyde, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Meg Coates Palgrave, 2014-24

Hyde, M.A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. & Coates Palgrave, M. (2024). Flora of Botswana: Location details: Mt Buchwa.
https://www.botswanaflora.com/speciesdata/location-display.php?location_id=58, retrieved 15 June 2024

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