Malilangwe remains virtually untouched by humankind. The area is home to hundreds of baobab trees and an unrivalled gathering of birds with more than 500 species, including many raptors. Here you will find Singita Pamushana Lodge, one of Africa’s most exclusive, remote hideaways.
2. The Victoria Falls Hotel
The Victoria Falls Hotel, popularly known as “the grand old lady of the Falls”, is situated in the Victoria Falls National Park, a world heritage site, and is a member of the exclusive Leading Hotels of the World group. It is one of two 1S0-accredited hotels in Zimbabwe. Built in 1904, the Edwardian-style, five-star hotel was recently redecorated and refurbished and now combines the charm of the old with the convenience of the new. Set in lush tropical gardens with lily ponds, palm trees and semi-tropical shrubs, it provides the tranquility and seclusion that many guests seek. World-class service, plus food and beverage preparation second to none make the hotel a magnet for international visitors and locals alike. The opulent Livingstone Room for fine dining and dancing, the Jungle Junction with its famous breakfast and dinner buffets and ethnic entertainment in the evenings, offer variety and wide choice. Stanleys Terrace, with its clear view of the Victoria Falls Bridge, connecting Zimbabwe and Zambia, is renowned for its cocktails and afternoon teas. The Terrace has been a rendezvous for adventurers in Africa for over a century. The Zambezi National Park is located across the river, and Lion calls can often be heard at night.
3. Vumba Castle Eastern Highlands
The Castle was built during the 2nd World War by Italian prisoners of war. In the 1980s a new section was added by present owner, Alex Nunes. Occupying an austere location overlooking the Burma Valley in Zim’s Eastern Highlands, The Castle is a small owner-run hotel. It is pretty quirky: heaps of antiquey bits, and some novel design features, including a toilet built into great boulders (allegedly “the throne” used by the Queen Mum on her visit to the area) and a dumb waiter which yields delicious meals from what appears to be a large dresser in the corner of the dining room. Many other high-profile bods, from politicians to movie-folk, have enjoyed g&ts on the battlements overlooking expansive views of forests and mountains.
4. Amanzi Lodge
If you are looking for a boutique hotel in the heart of Harare, look no further than Amanzi Lodge. With a 5 barrel rating (5 star rating for lodges), a stay at Amanzi Lodge – with its stunning waterfalls and spectacular landscaped gardens, filled with rare cycads – is truly a memorable African experience.
The Lodge has 16 luxury rooms, all set separately in the gardens. Each room is themed in the style of a different African country – with an exceptional collection of African antiquities and contemporary art.
Both Amanzi Restaurant, Amanzi Lodge, Pevensey, Lewisam, Orange Grove and Hiller Houses are owned and run by the husband and wife team of Andrew and Julia Mama.
Andrew was educated in the UK and then trained in Hotel Management & Catering. He later managed Palookaville’s, a popular Jazz Wine Bar & Restaurant in London’s West End. On returning to Nigeria in 1984, Andrew set up his own restaurant, The Jacaranda. Starting with only a dramatic location on his father’s fruit farm, the restaurant was built from the ground up, developing significantly over the years and gaining a first class reputation. The Jacaranda boasted magnificent views over the surrounding countryside and, like Amanzi, was set in a beautiful garden with a stunning water feature.
Andrew met Julia in 1978, and they married a few years later. Julia helped to design and build The Jacaranda and in 1994, opened The Hut Shop in the restaurant grounds, selling African Art and Crafts. Exhibitions were held every year, offering unusual pieces that Julia had collected on her African travels.
The couple arrived in Zimbabwe from West Africa, in January 1998. They immediately began planning Amanzi Restaurant, which opened to great fanfare, on 19th April 2000. The restaurant is truly a labour of love, evidenced by the unusual decor, the stunning gardens with their dramatic water feature, and of course – the splendid food.
Amanzi Lodge was previously owned and run by Duncan & Evette Barker as the highly acclaimed Barkers Lodge. Andrew and Julia purchased the lodge in November 2003 and have again worked their magic on the place. Major renovations and refurbishments have transformed both the lodges and the garden (see below).
Pevensey House and Orange Grove House are two houses that have been aquired by Julia and Andrew and extensively refurbished and renovated and the gardens totally transformed. These beautiful properties are perfectly suited to those looking for serviced, self catering accommodation for short to medium term stays in Zimbabwe.
5. The Hide Safari Camp Hwange National Park
The Hide Safari Camp is the product of our passion for nature in general, and Hwange National Park in particular. Built in 1992 by the Preston family, who remain deeply involved to this day, The Hide Safari Camp has earned its reputation as a consummate safari destination, for both the exceptional wildlife experience and the hospitality it offers.
As our guest, you’ll stay in one of just ten beautiful tented suites with views over the waterhole, where animals congregate day and night. Between game drives and walks in the National Park, there is plenty of time to relax in a comfortable lounge or sit quietly in a hide to watch the wildlife. After meals all together around a giant table or al fresco under the Acacia trees, you can spend a lazy afternoon by the plunge pool or in the shade of your verandah.
Since The Hide Safari Camp was sited in one of Hwange National Park’s prime wildlife areas nearly twenty years ago, we have distilled the essence of the safari experience and embellished it with our own distinctive style. Hwange was once the royal hunting ground of Ndebele kings and has long been known for its abundant and diverse wildlife. In particular, the park is known for herds of elephant and buffalo numbering in the hundreds. This is one of the best places to see lion, leopard and African wild dog among the hundred or so other mammal and four hundred bird species.
We understand that you come to Africa first and foremost to encounter the continents’ natural beauty. AtThe Hide we are passionate about nature; we have built on our superb location and extensive knowledge of the park with the best expert guides so that you can experience the true wilderness and wildlife Hwange has to offer. Whether on a drive to one of Hwange’s game-rich pans, on foot within our private concession or sleeping out in the Dove’s Nest, there is never a dull moment. In fact, the waterhole just metres from The Hide attracts such a variety of life that you may not need to roam far from your verandah to be a part of the action.
As a member of the prestigious “Classic Safari Camps of Africa”, The Hide Safari Camps team of professional and friendly staff are dedicated to uphold the finest safari experience we have offered for over a decade.