Inn on the Vumba holds fair

HARARE - Situated on a mountain top overlooking a valley that is the border between Zimbabwe and Mozambique, Inn on the Vumba will this Saturday, April 23 holds its Friends of the Vumba Fair with music being provided by Mande Snyman.

The fair is meant as a fund-raiser and people from within the Vumba and outside are being invited to this fun-filled day that comprises exciting exhibitions and showcases.

Inn on the Vumba general manager said most of their clientèle were Zimbabwean local tourists, business people and sales persons.

“Our busiest days are during public holidays like Christmas, Heroes Day and Easter,” he said adding that occasionally they receive visitors from Mozambique.

“We have couples here after their marriages and we have a tailored package for their stay here. We also have family cottages.”

Inn on the Vumba is only 10 minutes’ drive from the city of Mutare.

It is also easily accessible to visitors travelling to the Chimanimani Mountains, Hot Springs, Great Zimbabwe and the South-East Lowveld, as well as for travellers passing to and from Mozambique.

The Inn features four 2-bedroomed cottages as well as 18 suites in two blocks reaching north and south of the central area.

The central area consists of two lounges, a restaurant and a cocktail bar with well-appointed decor.

The Inn has become well known for its fine table d’hote dinners and a la carte lunches. There is also a swimming pool in the garden.

Attractions within easy reach of the Inn include the spectacular Bvumba Mountains, the colourful Vumba Botanic Garden, a championship golf course and casino at Leopard Rock, the Cecil Kop Nature Reserve and La Rochelle Gardens.

The Inn has a dedicated conference room that can host gatherings for up to 25 delegates. All bedrooms are equipped with the DStv service.

The location and views are fantastic — looking out from the mountain tops over Mozambique.

The Inn on the Vumba is straight out of the colonial heritage with faithful retainers and solid and comfortable decor and furniture.

Like a comfortable pair of slippers it is relaxing and homely.

Here are some comments from clients who have been to Inn on the Vumba:-

Mike Moore writes: “We were staying in the Vumba and had booked for luncheon here with my cousin and his wife, her aunt and my other cousins. This place is absolutely charming. This is the classic ‘old English’ hotel, full of charm characters, great people all through the hotel from the doorman to the waiters. The food we had for our lunch was plentiful, beautifully cooked and delicious — one could not fault it all.

“I had a wander around the hotel and there are lots of interesting features — whilst I did not venture into the rooms one would assume they are of the same vintage/class as the main hotel.

“For a walk back in time great views and delicious food, excellent old fashioned class service from top to bottom you will not be disappointed — like other places around Zimbabwe you need to accept the potholes, power cuts and totally needless police roadblocks every 20 to 30km!”

And yet another visitor writes: “We spent a night at the Inn on the Vumba after a busy day in Mutare. We had not stayed there for 10 years. The welcome at reception was warm and genuine and the check in formalities limited — similar to arriving at your club perhaps. The lounge is as attractive as ever and spotless and our room the same. There are now TVs in the rooms, but with limited channels available. There is also Wi-fi availability, at no extra cost, but it is understandably quite slow.

“The same old bathrooms (would love the addition of a shower) but all comfortable and well appointed. We enjoyed a lovely table d’hote meal in the dining room, by candlelight. The factor that makes a difference at the Inn is the staff that is more than ready to assist one and is so pleasant.

“A comfortable nights’ sleep and a generous packed breakfast (requested the previous evening) delivered with the early morning tray of tea. To top it all, even at that early hour of the morning, our filthy vehicle had been meticulously washed.”

Sean Kelly writes: “Inn on the Vumba is situated in the beautiful Vumba Mountains and offers older style budget accommodation. For visitors in that market I would recommend it as a place to stay. It is very much of a 60s/70s type of property and is quite tired and this is reflected in the furnishings.

“Having said that, you pay for what you get and we found the rooms to be perfectly comfortable. The linen was fresh and there was plenty of hot water. The Eastern Highlands boasts some really beautiful hotels but regrettably due to a lack of tourism and hence lack of investment many are run down but they continue to deliver an acceptable product.

“The staff at Inn on the Vumba was very welcoming and the food was of good standard and reasonably priced.”

Visitors to the eastern part of the country in June to August will be exposed to a kaleidoscope of colour as the leaves of the indigenous Msasa trees transform and develop through a variety of reds, yellows, maroons, golds, browns, oranges, and greens over a few weeks. A wonderful sight to behold and photograph.

It really is a peaceful and very beautiful region to visit, the only drawback being the roads. If you are driving on the main road directly from Harare to Mutare and into the Vumba the roads are generally fine. If you are heading into the Eastern Highlands via Juliasdale you take the turnoff at Rusape and from then on the road is variable progressing too bad with some very significant pot holes so you have to have your wits about you. Many of the potholes may be in shadow so are not always easy to see. I recommend using a 4WD.

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