First proposed as a protected green-belt area in 1910, those championing the idea of these Woodlands fought an uphill battle against suburban development in the area right through to 1979, when the Mukuvisi Woodlands Association was created, and in 1980, an official lease agreement, running until 2090, was signed between this Association and Harare Municipality.

The main objectives of Mukuvisi are to conserve, to provide and develop facilities for education in the principles and practice of nature conservation, environmental studies and research and to encourage the public to appreciate the natural environment