The Valley of the Giants in Chirinda Forest, Chipinge remains one of the country’s majestic sceneries that continue to attract foreign tourists and presents a pleasant jungle for all sections of the society including those into film industry to come up with unique productions.
Former American president, Franklin Roosevelt once said, ‘forests are the lungs of our land, purifying the air and giving fresh strength to our people’.
Such is how important is Chirinda Forest botanical reserve in Chipinge situated between 900 and 1200 metres in altitude which is also the source of three rivers namely the zona, chinyika and musangazi.
With a mere mention of the Valley of the Giants, one might think of the popular Australian forest while others think of an American adventure film with the same title, the Valley of the Giants in Zimbabwe is largely unsung, yet it is a unique part of the magnificent Chirinda Forest which is more than 900 hectares in size and is home to the big tree.
Forestry Commission district forest officer Mr Clasport karimanzira said the Valley of the Giants was named after the giant trees in the area and is home to a number of indigenous plants that maketh the place unique.
He said while some have taken advantage of the place those who are into the film industry are yet to come up with productions depicting such a background.
In the words of Martin Luther King, “if in the true nature of things, if we rightly consider, every green tree is more glorious than if it were made of gold and silver” and with the human spirit needing places where nature has not been rearranged by the hands of man; a visit to Chirinda Forest and the Valley of the Giants will bring one to such a unique experience.