Pamushana Private Retreat. Malilangwe. Zimbabwe
Why we love it
The Retreat at Pamushana is in the Malilangwe Game Reserve which covers 45 000 hectares of South-Eastern Zimbabwe and shares a border with the Gonerezhou National Park. This is an exceptional wildlife destination with remarkable biodiversity, big game viewing and fascinating rock art. The area shares much of the diversity of the South African Lowveld which lies to its south but enjoys a wilderness atmosphere, boasting no other tourist lodges in this area. It is managed by Singita and offers exceptional standards of hospitality, guiding and cuisine. Its long term sustainability program is exceptional supporting feeding schemes and hospitals in its surrounding communities.
What to expect
The Retreat overlooks the mountains and an expansive dam. It has 5 en suite bedrooms which accommodate 10 guests. All of the rooms have indoor and outdoor showers. The lodge has a plunge pool, double-sided fireplace, minibars, room safes, air-conditioners, overhead fans, private lounges, direct-dial telephones and a game-viewing deck with a Swarovski spotting scope.
What to do
These 45 000 hectares are entirely yours to explore. You can go on game drives with experienced guides and find lion, buffalo, black rhino, leopard, elephants, hippo and other big game. The rocky outcrops have diverse plant species and are also a refuge for klipspringers. Guided walks are also on offer. A highlight is a visit to the rock art.
Kids The staff who are available to help with babysitting, provide suitable kiddy meals and entertain children of all ages.
The good news
The Malilangwe Trust was started in 1994 and has made a massive difference to the people living in this area. It employs nearly 300 people to run lodges, estate activities and outreach programs and has an exceptional anti-poaching team and also runs a Neighbourhood Outreach Programe that provides basic food to more than 25 000 children living on the edge of the reserve. It also supplies and runs medical clinics in the neighbouring communities. An estimated 250 000 people are touched in some way by the trust.
When to go
The best game viewing is in the winter months from June to October. During the summer season from December to April there is wonderful greenery, birdlife and short-lived afternoon thunderstorms.
How to get there
The lodge is reached by charter aircraft from Johannesburg.