Singita Pamushana Lodge sits perched overlooking the Chiredzi River in the wild, Mopane forested hills of the private Malilangwe Wildlife Reserve and is every inch the luxurious and authentic Zimbabwean safari stay.
Thatch palapa-style buildings reach up through the trees and descend to heavily overhang its open-sided sitting rooms and dining areas for far-reaching views and the African essence of blending the outside with indoors. Loud ethnic patterns weaving themselves between soft earthy hues, inviting traditional furniture, local art and antiques decorate the lounges, spilling into the luxury suites of this lodge.
Also, in true Singita-style, there is an astounding level of amenities that pay no regard to the remote location of the lodge: three lounges, spa, WiFi, satellite TV, wine cellar and two heated swimming pools.
In addition to the six suites that have their own plunge pools and panoramic terraces, there is a private villa with five bedrooms: perfect for a family or group of good friends.
Largest ever single donor investment in Zimbabwe
In 1994, the not-for-profit Malilangwe Trust was established as a result of the largest ever single donor investment in Zimbabwe. The Trust purchased and now protects and manages the extraordinary wilderness area next to the Gonarezhou National Park in southeastern Zimbabwe. Singita Pamushana Lodge is the ecotourism arm of this 130,000 acre reserve, and its role is to help foster the sustainability of the wildlife that resides here.
Rhino reintroduction programme
The Malilangwe Trust created a programme to reintroduce and consequently protect rhinos. 28 black and 15 white rhinos were purchased and relocated from KwaZulu-Natal in South Africa. Since their release, these animals have been under the constant watchful eye of Malilangwe’s anti-poaching team. This protection, in conjunction with a favourable habitat, has ensured that populations of both species have grown significantly over the last 18 years.