The Best of Zimbabwe Newsletter
Dear InnSiders
The Inns of Zimbabwe and its affiliates, Members of the Best of Zimbabwe, will be offering specials throughout the year.
Our Lifestyle Partners are offering cardholders various benefits on presentation of a valid Innsider Lifestyle Card.
Both are listed at the end of this Newsletter.
Innsider Lifestyle card

Best of Zimbabwe Reservations Office opens in Harare

Boniface Siziba, Shop 37 Arundel Village, Quorn Avenue, Mt. Pleasant
Telephone: (04) 301322 | Cell: +263 (0) 77 379 4380 | Email:

Best of Zimbabwe on Facebook

In keeping with efforts to continuously expand channels of communication, Best of Zimbabwe now has a presence on Facebook:

This site allows for instant updating of information and interaction with customers, and will be used by members of the group to alert guests to opportunities aplenty.
Everyone is encouraged to check it out and hit Like to be in the loop.
It is also a great way for guests to keep in touch with each other and share their experiences.

Africa Albida Tourism

Khulu's Retreat


Located close to the main Khulu Bush Camp | Exclusive 2 bedroom Villa | Private guide and chef | Deep in the heart of the Savannah Teak Woodlands of Hwange National Park.

The promise of a new day and a whole new era awaits us here in Zimbabwe.

We are as excited as ever to partner with you in exposing two of Zimbabwe’s most iconic areas, and joint home to the Big 5, in Hwange and Matobo Hills.

Now we graciously introduce our extraordinary new property; Khulu’s Retreat.

This gorgeous, exclusive 2 bedroom Villa is designed for those looking for an intimate and private safari experience.

+263 29 2243954 / 6430
VoIP: 00 263 8677004210

Antelope Park

Antelope Park

Dear Friends of Chilo

Join us at Chilo Gorge for our Focus on Children's Weekend

Chilo Gorge

A fun filled family interactive weekend, learning about all creatures great and small, conservation,community and experiencing the pristine beauty of the Gonarezhou National Park. All under the guidance of our very experienced and knowledgeable Chilo Safari Guides. 

Dates - 3 night Safari
In Wed 18th Out Sat 21st April 2018 (falls over Independence Day)
In Fri 22 Out Mon 25 June 2018 (falls over Half Term)

Chilo Luxury Lodge

USD 199.00 per adult per night (min 2 adults)  + max 2 children U/12 sharing with parents are FREE OF CHARGE as per the inclusions:
Luxury Accommodation
3 meals daily
Teas & Coffee
Daily Related Focused Activities
A minimum of 2 half day game drives
Walk and Treasure Hunt to the Waterfalls for Tea
Village and Campfire Tour
Save River Beach Sun-dowers and Beach Games
Star Gazing
Folklore Story Telling
Night Critter Spotting to name a few.
There will also be leisure time available to spend around the swimming pool or enjoying the tranquility of our Chilo gardens

If guests would prefer to make use of our Nhambo Lodge (self catering or catered) for these weekends, we can offer the following packages:

Nhambo: with own Catering and including Daily Related Focused Activities

Twin Bedded Lodge - USD 250.00 per lodge per night : 2 adults + 2 children u/12 on mattress's
Family Lodge - USD 450.00 per lodge per night : 6 people (Max of 4 adults) can take extra children on mattress's

Self Catering (food and drinks to be supplied by guest)
Inclusive of all related daily Focus on Children's Weekend Activities
Teas & Coffee (at the main lodge)
Extra Child (U/12) - USD 60 per night (includes mattress, bedding and bath towel)

Nhambo: with Chilo Catering and daily related Focused Activities

Twin Bedded Lodge - USD 340.00 per lodge per night : for 2 adults + 2 children u/12 on mattress's
Family Lodge - USD 575.00 per lodge per night :  6 people Max of 4 adults) can take extra children on mattress's

Inclusive of 3 meals daily (at the main lodge)
All related daily Focus on Children's Weekend Activities
Teas & Coffee (at the main lodge)
Extra Child (U/12)  - USD 75 per child per night (includes mattress, bedding and bath towel)

NOTES: Rates are exclusive of:
Drinks (payable directly to the lodge on check out)
Community Fees : USD 5 per adult per night and USD 3 per child per night
National Parks Daily Entry Fees : USD 5 per adult and USD 3 per child - payable directly to Parks or the Lodge on entry into the Park.  
NON related Focused activities, for example we do not offer a full day game drive for these weekends.

These rates and packages are valid for the Focus on Children's Weekends as per above dates of travel.

Many thanks for your continued support and we look forward to hosting your family groups at Chilo Gorge and sharing the Gonarezhou experience with them.
Kindest Regards, Shirley Wilson, Sales Manager
c: + 263 772 228 070
InnovateInovate special
Terms and Conditions Apply
As a valid Innsider Card holder you get full access to this state of the art GYM for $89 per month. No joining fee
Mutual Gardens, 100 The Chase (West), Emerald Hill +263 4 336215 / 6
Email: Web: | Facebook: Innovate High Performance Centre | Twitter: @innovateHPC

Inns of Zimbabwe

Gordon's on 125 First Street

Grace's Cottage


We wish you a wonderful 2018 and look forward to your continued support for the Inns and our affiliates on your travels INN and around Zimbabwe and South Africa.
Wishing you safe travel and happy times with us.
Yours INN travel,
Gordon Addams, Inns of Zimbabwe

My Destination
Email Jules Retzlaff on or telephone Dionne Smyth on +2634772 573 121
The Hide

Our newest special for Zim Residents valid for April 2018.

U$D220 per person per night

This comes at an exciting time when all our renovations will be complete. Let us treat your guests and show them the new us.

Net Rates apply as per our normal Zim Rates - 10% commission.

Please contact us: | +263 77 472 4412 or +263 4 498835/6 |

Normal terms and conditions apply.
Avis Car Hire

Norma Jeane's Lake View Resort

Norma Jeane's Lake View Resort

Almost 100 years ago, a soldier returned from the mud of France with a Military Cross packed away in his luggage, gazed across the granite valley in the Middle Veld of Zimbabwe, where the Mtilikwe, Mshagashe and Popoteke rivers met and dreamt of a great dam to irrigate the vast, empty Lowveld. The dam was built many years later and that soldier, Murray MacDougall, who had built the thriving sugar estates of Triangle and Hippo Valley, saw his retirement out in a home he built overlooking that lake.

Today, NORMA JEANE’S LAKE VIEW RESORT, is built around his homestead and is the ideal place to stay while you’re exploring Great Zimbabwe, only a ten minute drive away. It also makes an ideal first night's stop for South African visitors driving up from Beitbridge and a wonderful place to relax after the trauma of the border) and is also a favorite place to stay for businessmen visiting Masvingo.

And, of course, we have the Lake. Lake Kyle (also known as Lake Mutirikwi - its modern name) was completed in 1961 and when full has a maximum depth of 57m and a surface area of 91 km². Whilst considerably smaller than Belgium (that yardstick people always seem to use), it does have 240km of shoreline and has the reputation of being Zimbabwe's prime Bass fishing dam. The Bass aren't plentiful but tend to be monsters if you're lucky enough to entice one onto your lure.  And for game viewing, we look across the lake at the Kyle Recreational Park - 16 900 hectares of almost pristine granite and Msasa woodland largely unmolested by tourists and home to all the larger species, bar elephant.

Contact us - we’d love to have you stay. 

P O Box 196, Masvingo, Zimbabwe
Tel: +263-39-2264879 | Mobiles: +263 712 889 887 / +263 712 408 116 |

Zimbabwe Council for Tourism Awards

Nigel Frost and Allan KennedyThe group operations and finance director of the Africa Albida Tourism Group, Nigel Frost, has been named Tourism Personality of the Year by the Zimbabwe Council for Tourism at its annual Tourism Achievers’ Awards ceremony.

At a gala dinner held at Cresta Lodge in Harare, Mr Frost took home the premier trophy of the awards in recognition of his successful spearheading of the campaign by the travel and tourism sector to reverse the potentially damaging application of backdated VAT to hospitality operations in the country.

His citation read: “He was the sector’s lead person in the recent exercise to persuade the authorities to reverse decisions relating to backdating of VAT on hospitality billings. Over a period of four years he undertook engagement on this issue, focusing on two major cases, leading to a ruling in favour of the operators. This enlightened decision brought about significant savings to operators and in a number of instances saved certain operators from becoming insolvent.

“While a number of operators and personalities were involved in this issue at various levels and to varying degrees, it was the leadership and action of Nigel Frost that brought about a satisfactory solution, which resulted from his forthright, unrelenting and determined stance on the issue. While naturally a reserved individual working behind the scenes, his successful spearheading of this hugely important exercise recognised by naming him Zimbabwe’s Tourism Personality of the Year for 2017.”

A total of 19 awards were handed out at the Tourism Achievers’ Awards event, sponsored by Havergal Marketing and attended by the Minister of Tourism and Hospitality, Prisca Mupfumira, and about 200 travel and tour operators, government officials and media personalities. The awards were created to reward and recognise effort and achievement by individuals and organisations in support of the travel and tourism sector, primarily during the preceding 12 months. The full list of award winners:

Tourism Personality of the Year - Nigel Frost
Tourism Business of the Year - Far and Wide Zimbabwe, based in Nyanga
Tourism SME of the Year - Manna Resorts, Harare
Achievement in Marketing - Africa’s Living Soul Survey, prepared on behalf of the travel and tourism sector by the Africa Albida Tourism Group and spearheaded by Allan Kennedy
Achievement in environmental awareness and action - Chimanimani Tourist Association, for its campaign to create awareness and action on the illegal and destructive mining activities taking place in the Chimanimani National Park
Achievement in the pursuit of service excellence - Cresta Lodge, Harare, for its high service standards
Achievement in Innovation - Victoria Falls Carnival, Wild Horizons and Far and Wide Zimbabwe
Achievement in Human Resources Development - Joseph Bunga, whose Battle of the Chefs television series have been promoting the culinary arts and the growth and development of chefs’ skills
Achievement in promoting gender equality - Margaret Makadzange, a champion of women’s participation in the travel and tourism sector
Contribution from the public sector - Department of Immigration, for its new stance on supporting tourism through responsible undertaking of its duties at border posts
Services to the ZCT - Paul Matamisa, CEO of the Zimbabwe Council for Tourism and a leading campaigner for recognition of the economic potential of travel and tourism to the Zimbabwean economy
Services to tourism by a secretariat - Association of Zimbabwean Travel Agents Secretariat, represented by Deliwe Makora
Lifetime Achievement Award - Christopher Gonzo, who has worked in the sector for 45 years and retires this year after being executive chef of Meikles Hotel for almost 20 years; Philip James, maître d’hotel of The Livingstone Room at The Victoria Falls Hotel and another 40-year veteran of the industry; Jealous Tsatsa, leading food and beverage manager, now retired, who latterly worked for Rainbow Tourism Group; Daniel Sibanda, 40-year veteran of Cresta Hotels, who retired in 2017 and was latterly a member of the management team of Cresta Oasis Hotel and Apartments in Harare
President’s Special Award - Barbara Murasiranwa, who chairs the ZCT’s Victoria Falls branch is a "tireless representative of ZCT and of operators in the Victoria Falls area."


Best of Zimbabwe Members


Camp Amalinda, Matobo Hills Tel: +263 9 243954


Gordon's 125 First Street, Mutare
Box 751, Mutare
Tel: +263 20 67200
Cell: +263 712 231 772
GPS: 19° 1'59"S 32° 41'18"E
Reservations: Boniface Siziba
Shop 37, Arundel Village, Quorn Avenue
Mt. Pleasant, Harare
Cell : +263 (0) 77 379 4380
Grace's Cottage Fernhill Road, Bvumba
Box 751, Mutare
Tel: +263 20 67200
Cell: +263 712 231 772
GPS: 19° 1'59"S 32° 41'18"E
Reservations: Boniface Siziba
Shop 37, Arundel Village, Quorn Avenue
Mt. Pleasant, Harare
Cell : +263 (0) 77 379 4380
La Rochelle Country House and Spa, Penhalonga Email:
Tel: (04) 497213/ +263 7 610 803
If dialling from Mutare - (022024) 22250 / 22472
Leopard Rock Hotel, Bvumba

Tel: 020 60170 / 746491 / 0712 205 674
Reservations WHATSAPP - +263  772 100 790

Musangano Lodge, near Mutare Tel: +263 (0) 204 2267
Cell: +263 (0) 712 320 327
White Horse Inn, Bvumba Telephone +263 020 60325 / 6
Cell: +263 (0) 715 938 388


The Bronte Hotel 132 Baines Avenue, Harare, Zimbabwe
Tel: +263 4 707522-7
Wild Geese Lodge Tel: 2917977-9
Cell: 077 2 145 103 / 077 2 164 987-9
Bushman Rock Safaris, Ruwa Tel: +263 (0) 772 156 119 / +263 (0) 735 284 338


African Bush Camps Tel: +27 21 7010 270
The Hide Tel: +263 4 4988 / 35 / 6
Cell: +263 77 472 4412
Hwange Safari Company   Tel: +263 (0) 924 3954 / 924 6430
Ivory Lodge Tel: +263 (0)9 243 954
Khulu Ivory Lodge Tel: +263 (0)9 243 954


Bumi Hills Safari Lodge Tel: +263 (0) 772 135 554 / 5
Changa Safari Camp, Matusadona National Park Tel: +263 4 498 835 / 6
Cell: +263 77 873 1567
Rhino Safari Camp Cell: Karl Wright +263 772 400 021
Jenny Nobes +263 772 205 000
Spurwing Island Tel: +263 777 516 171
Skype: spurwing.island


Jecha Point Fishing Lodge P O Box 67, Chirundu
Natureways Safaris Cell: +263 (0) 772 335 038
Tiger Safaris Camp Tel: +260 979 515 930
Harare Office Tel: (0) 778 020 699
Camp email:
Harare Office email:


Norma Jeanes Lake View Resort, Masvingo Tel: +263 (0) 39 264879
Cell:+263 712 408116 | +263 712 889 887


Antelope Park, Gweru Tel: +263 54 231933 / 231943
VoIp: +263 8677021630
Cell: +263 712362220
Dunhu Ramambo, Selous Tel: +263 772 568 832  /  +263 772 573 022
Jabulani Safaris, Shangani Tel: +263 (0) 712 622 146 / +263 (0)775 100 085


Chilo Gorge Safari Lodge Cell: +263 774 999 059


Ilala Lodge Tel: +263 (0) 213 2844737 / 8/ 9
Skype: ilalalodge
Lokuthula Lodges Tel: +263 213 2843211 - 20 or +263 213 2844714 / 7
Victoria Falls Safari Lodge Tel: +263 213 2843211 - 20
Email :
Website :
Victoria Falls Rest Camp Tel: +263 (0) 213 2840509 / 11
Skype: victoriafallsrestcamp2

InnSider Lifestyle Partners

Benefit Offered on presentation of a valid Innsider Lifestyle Card





Halsteds Aviation Corporation
Tel: +263 (0) 4 886 701 / 2
Mobile: +263 (0) 779 925 769
Mobile SA: +27 (0) 72 830 8661
Fax email: +27 (86) 689 0895
Judy Goddard, Marketing Manager
To be confirmed


Reps Theatre
The Spotlight Tel: +263 4 308159
10% discount on tickets for Repertory Players' productions


Forget-me-not, Debbie Purse
Tel: +263 4 746404 / 5
Tel: +263 772343595
Newlands Shopping Centre, Harare
10% discount on floral orders only (not on gifts )


Paardigm Programming
2 Good Hope Road, Mount Hamden, Harare
Tel: 0773 415 034
Director & General Manager: Alan Paardenkooper
20% discount


Land +263 4 336 215
$29 Joining Fee (once off)
$105 per month normal rate
$89 per month Innsider rate


Rooney's Hire Service
Tel: +2634 748621 / 7
Fax: +263 4 770348
Skype: niallzim1
10% discount on hire. Terms and conditions apply


Scottyphotography, Christopher Scott
Tel: +263912 440052
Tel: +2772 7269418
skype: scottyphotography
10% discount on our studio packages for a family shoot in their studio


Alo Alo Restaurant, (Maximum Party of 4)
10 Forest Road, Mount Pleasant. Harare
Behind Arundel Shopping Centre
Tel: (04) 369198 / 369257
Mobile: 0773 265 933
5% discount
Mojo's Restaurant
10 East Road, Avondale
Tel: (04) 705993 / 761639
10% discount off the full Rodizo Menu and drinks inside the restaurant for lunch and dinner
5% discount for functions and private events in the garden


10% discount


Best of Zimbabwe Reservations Office:
Boniface Siziba
Shop 37, Arundel Village
Quorn Avenue
Mt. Pleasant, Harare
Cell: +263 (0) 77 379 4380
Co-ordinating Zimbabwe
11 Kildare Rd, Hillside. Bulawayo
Tel: +263-9-243064 / 242298 / 241748 or