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.
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