Musangano Lodge

Tucked away on the lower slopes of a tree-covered hillside in the Eastern district of Zimbabwe lies a delightful little leisure resort known by the name of Musangano Lodge - 'the place where people meet.' Whether you are looking for a weekend retreat to relax with familiy and friends or want to have a conference in quiet suroundings, Musangano Lodge offers a comprehensive range of facilities that will suit your requirements.

About Musangano Lodge

Visitors soon fall under its spell and realize that it is not just a meeting place because its peaceful and relaxing atmosphere, comfortable accommodation, excellent cuisine and splendid views invite to linger and unwind.

Spaced well apart for privacy, their splendid accommodation blends well into the Miombo mountain woodland and creates a warm ethnic ambience. Guests may choose beween self catering lodges for famlilies and larger groups or smaller chalets for two. There is also a well-appointed conference centre, much sought after as a venue for workshops and seminars. The secluded and quiet gardens exude a serene atmosphere, which helps to create a good working environment.

Their cosy dining room and the spacious garden restaurant have acquired a reputation for serving delicious food, be it a full breakfast, a light lunch or a table d'hote three-course dinner.

Musangano Lodge is situated two and a half hours by car from the capital city of Harare and half an hour from the border town of Mutare. It is ideally located for exploring the attractions of the Eastern Highlands.

Accomodation

Musangano LodgeMusangano Lodge offers spacious accommodation under thatch for up to 32 guests in well equipped lodges and chalets. All units are tastefully furnished, of a high finish and decorated in ethnic style to create a homely and cosy atmosphere. They are well-spaced for privacy and yet only a few minutes away from the restaurant and reception area. From the covered porches visitors will appreciate the spectacular distant views across the broad Odzi River Valley towards the dramatic granite ramparts of the Eastern Highlands.

The self catering lodges are ideal for families and fully equipped with crockery, cutlery, cooking utensils, fridge, gas cooker with oven, Dstv and an outside private braai stand. Three lodges accommodate four guests in two bedrooms, and one sleeps six in three bedrooms. An additional sleeping place is available, if required, in the spacious living area. The five one-roomed 30 square metre chalets sleep two and are provided with a tea-kitchenette (fridge, electric kettle, crockery, basic cutlery).

Bed linen, mosquito nets, towels as well deck-chairs for the porch are provided. During the winter months, between May and August, the fireplace will be much appreciated. Lodges and chalets have parking areas for one or two cars, and are accessable with wheelchairs. All are serviced daily.

Dining

The catering staff at Musangano take great pride in preparing delicious and varied food for our guests, be it full English or continental breakfasts, light lunches or traditional three course table d’hote dinners with a choice of two main courses. We also cater for vegetarians and visitors with special dietary requests. Our cuisine is a blend of Central European and Southern African cooking - the best of the culinary arts of two worlds.

The charming split-level dining room seats 32 people, with a decor that creates an intimate and homely atmosphere. Large windows open the view onto the garden restaurant with green lawns shaded by indigenous trees, where guests can enjoy snacks or light lunches, such as salads, sandwiches, soups and quiches, between mid morning and late afternoon. On week-ends they can offer a barbecue with buffet, either at the garden restaurant or within the leisure area surrounding the large swimming pool.

Activities

Musangano Lodge offers its guests a fine range of exciting outdoor activities, from swimming and games, nature walks and birdwatching, to hiking and biking or day trips to some of the special attractions of the Eastern Highlands. The resort is situated in natural woodland 20km west of the little border town Mutare, 1 000 metres above sea level and at the foot of a range of hills which rise behind it to 1 240 metres.

It is a great place to spend a family holiday. The big swimming pool has an adjacent safe paddling section for children. It is surrounded by a large sunbathing area with gazebos, offering shady spots from which to watch the children splashing in the the pool. Nearby there is an exciting Robinson adventure playground and wide expanses of lawn where the kids can romp around or play games such as badminton, table tennis or volley-ball.

Nature Trails and Hiking Trails
The natural woody vegetation around Musangano Lodge is known as Miombo woodland. There are three colour-marked nature and hiking trails on the 140 hectare property. The VALLEY WALK takes you over fairly level ground behind the Lodge along a seasonal stream. The SECRET VALLEY TRAIL leads up past the Lodge's water reservoir and from there via a high point with lovely views back down along a pretty hidden valley where clusters of aloes flower during the winter months. The SUMMIT TRAIL first crosses a stretch of seasonally wet grassland before ascending towards the summit of the ridge to the south of the Lodge. From the top the hiker enjoys all-round views towards ragged mountain chains dozens of miles away. When early morning mists cover the valleys or when the sun sets in a cloud-studded sky, there is pure magic in the air.

Bike Routes and Mountain Bike Trails
There are several biking routes, varying from 10 to 65 kilometers in length. The main bike route takes riders towards the Nyanga Highlands and can be covered in 3 hours. Mountain bike trails vary from 10 to 28km in length, the shortest one being eminently suitable for children and beginners.

Places of Interest Nearby
Musangano Lodge is well placed for day visits to a number of interesting Eastern Highlands spots, such as rock art sites, the nearby Osborne Dam, the border town of Mutare, the Bvumba area with its montane forests and others. Further afield, visitors can explore the Nyanga downs and mountains with its many prehistoric dry-stone structures.