The Sanctuary is part of Zimbabwe’s Great Dyke it hence comprises of a scenic landscape and a spectacular geomorphology. Surrounding the park are communal areas, resettled farms and mines. This variation creates opportunities for research especially on the balance of the existing conflicting land use patterns and their impact on environment. Recently mining (legal/illegal), has become so rampant around the park prompting the need to explore species diversity and performance on these disturbed and often polluted mining sites.
The sanctuary is characterized by miombo woodland in an undulating terrain interspaced by more than nine small rivers and one relatively big river (Mushandike river). Geologically the college falls in the Mashava igneous complex which consists of varying complexes.