IN every hotel group there’s a flagship operation – the place where the vision and mission of the organisation are exemplified the most and where customers can best identify all the organisation stands for.
Travel with Dusty Miller
In the case of Inns of Zimbabwe it is Inn on Rupurara, a charmingly stylish division of the Inns of Zimbabwe group nestled in a pleasant valley between Juliasdale and Nyanga in Manicaland, in Zimbabwe’s rugged Eastern Highlands and home to everything Inns of Zimbabwe represents – value for money; excellence in service, cuisine, facilities and amenities; style and comfort . . . and proximity to African nature’s grandeur.
It is built along a river and has a large estate, which visitors can explore; they can spot game or magnificent birdlife, fish or soak in the local atmosphere to its fullest.
Inn on Rupurara recently celebrated its 16th anniversary, offering visitors a completely different and unique appeal that emphasises the natural vegetation and attractions of an African mountain area, where many multi-coloured msasa trees blossom each spring and where craggy rock outcrops dominate the horizon.
Rupurara is a ChiShona word meaning bald man’s head, an appropriate name for the rugged granite stone mountain dominating the local skyline.
With its extensive constructional use of local stone and wood in the buildings making up the inn, this establishment offers a holiday and conference venue and is also highly popular with bridal couples for their weddings and wedding receptions.
A cosy and well-stocked wine and cocktail bar adds to the social appeal of the public area and special amenities on site include a swimming pool and sauna.
The conference room hosts up to 18.
Accommodation comprises lodges – six overlooking a water feature and a further 11 overlooking Rupurara mountain and on to the often purple-blue valleys beyond.
Inn on Rupurara has been an award-winner many times, most especially for the prestigious Association of Zimbabwean Travel Agents Best Country Hotel accolade, which it has now won on seven occasions.
But the awards don’t mean that management and staff take it easy – “they see these as a further stimulation to greater things,” said Gordon Addams, Inns of Zimbabwe chairman.
Feedback from guests about Inn on Rupurara has been consistently positive and shows that the style of Inns of Zimbabwe hospitality and the unique features of the inn and its surrounds provide delight and enjoyment for all visitors, especially those people looking for a new and different Nyanga experience.
Water views lodges cost US$136 per night bed and breakfast and US$218 double; valley view lodges are US$150 and US$240 respectively.
In each case one safari activity is included in the fee.
To book telephone Gordon Addams on 0712 231 772