Zimbabwe has often been referred to as the Jewel of Africa, and Mutare serves as an example of just that. Located high in the beautiful Eastern Highlands on the border with Mozambique, Mutare is Zimbabwe's gateway to the Indian Ocean. It is clean, modern and very close to many of Zimbabwe's outstanding tourist attractions. The Beira Corridor, a comprehensive link to the Mozambican port of Beira, just 3 hours has away, has opened up tremendous business opportunities in Mutare. Mutare, once named Umtali, was founded in 1897 as a fort, and is about 8 km from the border with Mozambique and 290 km from Beira Mutare has the widest range of resorts and facilities in Zimbabwe. These include the Nyanga Mountains to the North, where you can find excellent game viewing, scenic views, mountain climbing, hiking, horseback riding, fishing and so on. To the South the Vumba mountains capture the visitor with similar scenes and pastimes as well as lush botanical gardens.