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... reaching north and south of the central area. The central area consists of two lounges, a restaurant and a cocktail bar. There is also a swimming pool in the garden. Zimbabwe has a diverse range of offerings for the tourist and the Eastern Highlands really is a place that I would recommend...
... is needed. The carpets were musty and we had to move rooms. At night we could hear rats in the ceiling. I really think this otherwise very good hotel is being let down by a lack of investment in crucial amenities. The garden and pool are not as good as they were 17 years ago when I last visited.
Were in Mutare for a swimming gala. A real treat to come back to the hotel after a hectic day at the pool. Relaxed and friendly atmosphere. Good food and service. First time we had been to Inn on the Vumba and will be back next year for sure.

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Sean K wrote a review Jan 2016
Stroud, United Kingdom288 contributions88 helpful votes
The Inn on the Vumba is situated in the beautiful Bvumba 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 were very welcoming and the food was of a good standard and reasonably priced.
Situated on a mountain-top overlooking a valley that is the border between Zimbabwe and Mozambique, 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 offers four 2-bedroomed cottages as well as 18 rooms in two blocks reaching north and south of the central area. The central area consists of two lounges, a restaurant and a cocktail bar. There is also a swimming pool in the garden.
Zimbabwe has a diverse range of offerings for the tourist and the Eastern Highlands really is a place that I would recommend highly. The Eastern Highlands embraces Juliasdale, Nyanga, Melsetter, Chimanimani and the Vumba and the area boasts numerous magnificent mountainous granite formations and wonderful forests and is renowned for its beauty.

The area is distinctly cooler than the rest of the country and offers a very different range of activities. Only two to three hours from Harare, the Eastern Highlands is a popular destination for walkers, birders, trout fishermen and golfers. The golf course at Leopard Rock in the Vumba, about a fifteen minute drive from Inn on the Vumba, boasts, what can only be described as one of the most unique and picturesque golf courses anywhere in Africa. The views throughout the Eastern Highlands are magnificent and close by is the colourful Bvumba Botanic Gardens, the Cecil Kop Nature Reserve and La Rochelle Gardens. Well worth a visit.

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 to bad with some very significant pot holes so you have to have your wits about you. Many of the pot holes may be in shadow so are not always easy to see. I recommend using a 4WD.

Sean Kelly
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Date of stay: July 2015Trip type: Traveled with friends
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Response from InnsofZimbabwe, Owner at Inn on the Vumba
Responded 10 Jan 2016
Thank you for your review of our country retreat , Inn on the Vumba . We appreciate your support and valued observations of your stay and information provided herein as it will encourage more visitors to holiday in the Eastern Highlands . You will be pleased to note that the Bvumba road is under repair which will be welcomed by self drive tourists . Thanks again , Gordon Addams Inns of Zimbabwe
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MsTM199 wrote a review Feb 2015
Gaborone, Botswana57 contributions32 helpful votes
Stayed here over Valentine's weekend. It has old charm, the staff is friendly and attentive. The food is satisfactory. However, I think a bit of upgrading is needed. The carpets were musty and we had to move rooms. At night we could hear rats in the ceiling. I really think this otherwise very good hotel is being let down by a lack of investment in crucial amenities. The garden and pool are not as good as they were 17 years ago when I last visited.
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Date of stay: February 2015Trip type: Traveled as a couple
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Response from InnsofZimbabwe, Owner at Inn on the Vumba
Responded 17 Feb 2015
Thank you for your valued comments in respect to your recent stay with us at our country retreat , Inn on the Vumba . We thank you for your support and friendship of the Inn(s) . Kind regards , Gordon Addams Inns of Zimbabwe
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Doorbox wrote a review Oct 2014
Goromonzi, Zimbabwe31 contributions13 helpful votes
Were in Mutare for a swimming gala. A real treat to come back to the hotel after a hectic day at the pool. Relaxed and friendly atmosphere. Good food and service. First time we had been to Inn on the Vumba and will be back next year for sure.
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Date of stay: October 2014Trip type: Traveled with friends
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Response from InnsofZimbabwe, Owner at Inn on the Vumba
Responded 22 Oct 2014
Thank you for the lovely review of your recent stay with us at our country retreat , Inn on the Vumba . We so appreciate your support and look forward to your return this time next year if not before . Kindest regards , Gordon Addams Inns of Zimbabwe
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Jim364 wrote a review Jan 2012
Kadoma, Zimbabwe1 contribution2 helpful votes
In my honest opinion the Inn on the Vumba is a great all-rounder. This hotel strikes just the right balance- it maintains a level of sophistication that the business traveller will appreciate being within close proximity to Mutare, whilst the hotel is also a great venue for a family on holiday. My small family and I recently stayed at three well-known hotels in the Nyanga-Vumba stretch of the Eastern highlands of Zimbabwe, and I can confidently say that the Inn on the Vumba scored the best. The service is excellent with helpful, friendly staff and the all-important management clearly in control of all areas. As is typical with the Inns, the meals are excellent and well presented. There is a homely atmosphere that makes one feel welcome and relaxed, as opposed to the sharp, stuffy atmosphere of the bigger hotels. There are good amenities such as a playground for the children and a swimming pool on the lower terraces just the right distance from the main hotel building. Nice views too. My only criticism is that the website actually under-rates this establishment. Inn on the Vumba is definitely good value and worth a stay.
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Date of stay: January 2012Trip type: Traveled with family
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Steward3574 wrote a review Jun 2011
Copenhagen, Denmark5 contributions2 helpful votes
I am amazed to see some negative reviews here. I stayed at this hotel for three days and found it perfectly alright. I am glad that I did not read these reviews before choosing a hotel at Mutare, Zimbabwe. My stay was nice. The hotel has a nice, beautiful, differently decorated lounge. The staff at the reception was quite welcoming and warm. The other staffs were also quite helpful and attentive to the needs of the guests. Everything was clean in this hotel. The restaurant out here serves tasty food with lots of variety in it. There is a very inviting crystal clear pool amidst natural vegetation. The hotel also offers free parking. Altogether, I loved my stay at this place.
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Date of stay: June 2011Trip type: Traveled solo
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