Following discovery of alluvial gold at Tarka Forest in 2004 and subsequent acquisition of a Special Grant over the area by the Zimbabwe Mining Development Corporation, a lot of interest was roused on the gold potential of the Chimanimani area. This resulted in DTZ-Ozgeo, a company specialised in alluvial minerals, securing a Special Grant (SG 4955) in 2007 to explore for gold in an area encompassing Charleswood Farm adjacent to Tarka Forest, about 15 km east of Chimanimani.
This is a K-feldsparphyric porphyritic granite, cut by aplitic dykes. It has a weak fabric. It has yielded a simple population of zircons which give an age of 2.03 Ga (Master et al., 2013a,b)
In this outcrop, there is a deformed granite with anastomosing subhorizontal fractures, which is weathered with brownish iron oxide staining. It has yielded a very complex set of zircons, with inherited cores as old as 3.4 Ga, with 2.7 Ga overgrowths, and a final overgrowth at 2.07 Ga, which is possibly the age of intrusion of the granite, which was subsequently deformed (Master et al., 2013a,b).
At this outcrop locality, about 10 km further NW from the previous stop, there are numerous roadside outcrops of strongly recrystallized pink paragneiss of the Malaputese Group. The gneisses are interpreted as meta-arkoses, and some show relict cross bedding. They have yielded a detrital zircon population that ranges in age from 2254 ± 18 to 2796 ± 17 Ma, with a strong age peak at ca. 2.7 Ga (Master et al., 2013a,b).