Hillside Sports Club, Mutare, Zimbabwe
Flora and Fauna
The large area making up Hillside Sports Club is an oasis in the middle of the city and has a wonderful vegetation made up of a huge variety of indigenous trees which also results in there being a large variety of birds - so much so that visitors from as far afield as South Africac come to see species of birds which are unique to the area.
We are very fortunate to have a huge number of species of birds on the golf course and some are sought after by enthusiasts from as far afield as South Africa.
We are proud of a pair of Giant Eagle owls which have been resident on the course for years and have raised chicks almost annually. Other examples of unusual birds found at Hillside are silvery cheeked hornbills, gorgeous bush shrikes, Whytes barbets, twin spots and many more. A recent survey by bird watchers counted 63 species found in a 3 hour period.
We welcome "twitchers " to come and explore the grounds of Hillside Sports Club.
The first thing that strikes visitors to the Hillside golf course is the variety and size of the trees, most of which are indigenous. As far back as about 1910 red mahogany trees were planted and today they tower above all the other trees while lining the fairways. There are an unbelievable number of other species of trees making the golf course a pleasure and real test to play.
Fig trees have always been a feature on the course and attract many birds, especially when bearing fruit. A few club members are currently busy planting even more indigenous trees to ensure that in years to come the area will be an even better place to enjoy nature at its best.