The landscapes of Zimbabwe are vast and varied, from untamed Mana Pools to the granite boulders of Matobo Hills and the wild waters of Lake Kariba. Each area emanates its own unique character, each respectively geographically and historically fascinating.
There are a few remote and hidden gems on the Zimbabwean tourist track unknown to most. These secret locations often take the road less travelled, a journey off the beaten track leading you to a small piece of paradise. Whether along a dirt road which may command patience for bumps and arid scenery, or a long drive through deep wilderness to at some point arrive at an oasis amidst the wild.
Hideaways Masumu River Lodge is one of these wild oases, an area of lush green grass offering reprieve from the African heat. Its granite rock exterior and beautifully manicured gardens immediately exude a cool welcome. Its panoramic view over Lake Kariba is accompanied by a breeze off the blue waters, its rising wind often supporting the wings of the iconic fish eagle. A welcoming drink awaits in the lower bar, overlooking the lake, paired with warm smiles from the staff. As local residents of the nearby village and proud of the area, the staff are eager to share with and show you the lodge and its surroundings.
The environment of Lake Kariba can get extremely hot, bright sun reflecting off cool water. To find accommodation with gardens lined with shady trees as well as a swimming pool is imperative in summer; options to cool down are essential. The design and materials used for Hideaways Masumu River Lodge ensures optimum coolness at all times, harnessing the breeze as well as the pool being an invitation for relaxation.
Two guests recently travelled to the lodge from Victoria Falls, a self-drive venture for a self-care weekend away. Having armed themselves with curiosity for an off the beaten track adventure, they arrived at Hideaways Masumu River Lodge ready to immerse and relax by the pool, turning off cell-phone connectivity to connect to themselves and each other.
Taking a weekend to unwind is an essential service for the soul. Spending this time with vistas of Lake Kariba truly raises the bar of soul food. Not only does one have the option to view the lake from their room, the pool as well as the bar area, you may also take to the waters on a sunrise or sunset cruise, immersing yourself upon its wild waterways. Lake Kariba is renowned for its iconic sunsets, colours brushed boldly across the sky akin to a painting.
Hideaways Masumu River Lodge boasts a home away from home atmosphere. Guests arrive and settle in, feeling attended to yet given space to utilise time as their own. Delicious meals and snacks are served throughout the day, local ingredients filling home-styled and traditional dishes. Each plate of food is created and served with home-grown passion, a reflection of the Tonga tribe who inhabit the area.
Treat yourself to a weekend away, venturing down the road less travelled to exclusive and remote accommodation, accompanied by the backdrop of the iconic Lake Kariba.