After 40 hours of travel time from Canada to Harare, Zimbabwe, I was warmly welcomed at the airport by a car service to take me to the Amanzi Lodge. At the time of this trip I hadn’t travelled much outside of Canada and the United States, let alone travelled by myself, so being personally greeted at the airport put my mind at ease.
I was again warmly greeted by David upon arrival at the main Lodge then he walked me through the lush gardens and waterfalls to my suite in one of 16 luxury private lodges spread throughout the property. Each suite is stylishly decorated in the style of a different African country.
Both of my stays were short visits in mid-August and too cold to enjoy the pool, though I was able to curl up outside for a bit on the covered area of my suite and enjoy a beautiful African sunset.
The two rooms I’ve stayed in are the Morocco Suite and Seychelles Suite. If I am fortunate to visit again, the Egypt Suite is at the top of my list as it was being renovated on my last visit and unavailable. One of the highlights for me after a long day was to soak in the old fashioned bathtub and listen to the wildlife outside through my open window – in my imagination, it was the sounds of monkeys chattering and swinging through the trees but it was probably something completely different.
The chefs in Amanzi’s main Lodge create the most wonderful dishes with flavours from all over the world and they were very accommodating for those with food sensitivities. The hosts and servers were not hurried and greeted us by name, it felt like a much better version of “home”!
You must venture out to Amanzi Restaurant for a special meal or two! It is an old farmhouse on 4 acres updated to a modern restaurant and features herbs and vegetables grown in the Amanzi gardens. It’s a short drive from the Lodge and must be reserved as it’s very popular and seats a maximum of 100 people. We enjoyed our meals with wine on the terrace, listening to the bullfrogs in the nearby ponds.
My stay was quite short so I wasn’t able to take advantage of some of the activities on the property such as the fitness centre and tennis courts, but I did venture out for a few hours to Wild is Life Wildlife Sanctuary. This was the perfect introduction to African wildlife face-to-face, and I met a baby elephant named Moyo — an experience I will never forget. For a few more details you can read my blog post on the Sanctuary.
To read more about the Amanzi Lodge and browse the gallery of stunning African-themed suites, visit their website! It’s a place I need to go back to and would love to spend time exploring more of Zimbabwe.
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