GOING for a trip or visiting any resort area is no longer a reason to break the bank considering the diversity of accommodation facilities available in Zimbabwe.
Report by Kupakwashe Makonye
It’s a Small World Lodge has a home-away-from-home feel and I recently had the pleasure of staying there for a weekend getaway.
It’s a Small World Lodge Vumba is situated about 18km from Mutare and approximately 275km from Harare. The facility offers a self-catering guest house and self-catering cabins serviced by friendly and efficient staff.
This was my first time in Vumba and I thoroughly enjoyed the scenic mountain surroundings and the refreshing atmosphere. You can enjoy walking or picnicking in the lodge’s lush gardens or you can just chill and unwind by enjoying the scenic views from the lodge’s patio area.
I also enjoyed canoeing, fishing and swimming in the nearby lake.
A number of activities can also be carried out in the vicinity like walking in the picturesque and thick Bunga Botanical Forest Reserve which has glorious ferns and orchids for those fond of that type of flora.
There is the Nyamheni (otherwise known as Castle Beacon), the highest point in the Vumba and a not so gentle climb.
It has a very good scenic view which makes one see as far as Zimbabwe’s neighbouring country Mozambique.
The Genaina, White Horse Inn on the Vumba offers wide range exotic and indigenous meals. Many people come to the area for the world-class golf course at Leopards Rock, which remains one of Africa’s best (and best value) golfing venues.
Even for non-golfers, the views at every hole are spectacular. The Leopard Rock, one of Zimbabwe’s finest hotels provides riding, golfing, tennis, casino and other holiday activities. Vumba is also a bird watcher’s paradise.
My experience was an eye opener and it was a once-in-a lifetime experience not worth missing.