Location: Pokoteke Gorge

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Satellite map Pokoteke Gorge

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Entrance to Pokoteke Gorge

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Large boulders and steep cliffs in the gorge

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Pokoteke river

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Cattle drinking at the river near the gorge

General Information

Quarter degree square: 2031A1

Country: Zimbabwe

Habitat: Aquatic habitats, riverine vegetation and rocky slopes

Altitude range: 1050 m in gorge; rising to over 1300 m on surrounding hills

Annual rainfall:

Location (short):

Location (detailed): The Pokoteke Gorge lies to the north of Lake Mutirikwi (Kyle) and is formed where the Pokoteke River cuts though the Beza Range of hills on the northern side of the Lake.

The Gorge is reached by a reasonably good road which turns off the Masvingo to Birchenough Bridge Road, c. 20 kms from Masvingo.


The Gorge runs from NW to SE and the SE end lies within Lake Kyle Recreational Park (our location no. 75).

A path runs alongside the Pokoteke River though the gorge. Many riverine species may be found as well as plants of rocky places and rock faces.

Useful links

View a list of records for Pokoteke Gorge

View map showing records

View a list of recorders who have visited this location

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 Malawi: Location details: Pokoteke Gorge.
https://www.malawiflora.com/speciesdata/location-display.php?location_id=78, retrieved 1 March 2024

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