National Trust of Zimbabwe 60th Anniversary

Birthday Celebrations at 2,100 metres

The National Trust of Zimbabwe is super proud to announce that it celebrated its 60th birthday on 26th August 2020. It was an auspicious and memorable occasion. The celebrations were held in a very special place called ‘Worlds View ‘(a Trust site) located on the western edge of the Nyanga escarpment right next to the magnificent Mount Nyamatoro. It is one of the most spectacular destinations for domestic and international tourists in Zimbabwe. The view across the central plateau is one of a land of mystery, of peace and of extreme beauty and it seems endless.

The Trust was established on the 26th August 1960, promulgated by an Act of Parliament, with the aim of protecting and managing properties for future generations to enjoy.


The National Trust of Zimbabwe has achieved so much to be proud of in its 60 years, including a remarkable and beautiful property portfolio, and a range of activities and campaigns through which you stand up for the natural, built and cultural heritage of Zimbabwe.  I was also enormously impressed to learn, at the Bermuda ICNT, of the way in which you are striving to engage diverse communities in your work.  I hope you have a wonderful celebration and I look forward to hearing all about it

Dame Fiona Reynolds Chair of the International National Trust Organisation

Mr Willie Dhlandhlara cutting the 60th celebratory cake with Ms Sharon Waterworth, Ms Gill Honeyman and Mr Guy Cary

We all having to change and adapt to a new landscape in which we find ourselves living in. Looking ahead to the next 60 years the Trust pledges to keep being just as dynamic and relevant as ever. Our challenge is to connect even more people to our priceless historical sites, to their timeless natural wild areas and beauty, built structures and local communities.

The Trust will continue to catalogue scientific information, publish educational and historical material, work with local communities, run historical and environmental education programmes and through our successful Private Public Partnership at La Rochelle (one of our sites), build a first class regional Agricultural College. The Rhodes Nyanga Historical Exhibition (another site) will scale up its successful cultural heritage programme for school children. 

The Trust manages 7 properties: the work is carried out by an Executive Council and Regional Committees who are all voluntary workers.

We welcome new members. Please contact Mr Charles Hyslop on 0242 860202 or email

Being a member (Zimbabwean residents only) has benefits both inside the country as well as in the U.K.

Members enjoy the following benefits:

Free entrance to Trust properties in Zimbabwe

•             Quarterly E-newsletter

•             Discounted tickets for selected productions at Reps Theatres

•             Free entry to National Galleries Zimbabwe;

•             10% off a Scottyphotography session;

•             10% selected rugs/throws Hayhill Weavers

•             10% off accommodation at La Rochelle Country Hotel  

•             Reciprocal membership with Bird Life Zimbabwe and Tree Society

•             10% MoonDogs Pet Care Services

United Kingdom

The Trust has reciprocity with the National Trust of England, Wales and Northern Ireland and the National Trust of Scotland. In terms of arrangements with these Trusts, members are entitled to free admission to all of the many outstanding National Trust properties throughout England, Wales, Northern Ireland and Scotland upon production of a valid National Trust of Zimbabwe membership card. This represents a considerable benefit to members of the Trust who visit the United Kingdom.

Heritage is precious: treasure it

We invite you to watch our video for images and interesting information about our sites:

We do hope that you enjoy it and that it gives you a sense of what we are achieving in beautiful Zimbabwe.

Birthday wishes from INTO Members

Catherine Leonard Secretary-General INTO  very kindly posted birthday wishes and cards received from the global INTO family please see:

A personal video from Catherine Leonard, entitled “Reminisces on the working partnership between INTO and the NTZ” was also shared see:

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