Singita Pamushana Lodge, widely considered one of Zimbabwe's most luxurious lodges, is situated in the private Malilangwe Wildlife Reserve, sharing its southern boundary with Gonarezhou National Park. This is an area of true wilderness and low tourist numbers making it an excellent choice for an exclusive safari experience. The reserve plays host to the Big 5, and the guides will do their utmost to deliver a memorable safari experience. In addition to over 35 mammal species there are over 125 bird species found here too amidst the mopani forests and baobab trees.
The lodge's design is inspired by the tribal history of ancient Zimbabwe, reflecting its iimpressive scale and well crafted stonework. Interiors contain references to local Shangaan cullture and include vividly coloured fabrics and striking artworks, all of which convey a sense of place and heritage.
The lodge has just eight suites and one villa, all built high on the cliff-side, which gives them splendid panoramic views of Lake Malilangwe and the dustant sandstone hills, Each suite has its own game viewing deck and plunge pool. Fireplaces add warmth and a cosy ambience on a chilly night, while on hotter days you have air-conditioning to regulate the temperature.
The main area is equally inviting and vibrant. There's an indoor dining room and an al fresco dining deck. Hurricane lamps and a starry night sky make this the perfect setting for a romantic dinner. Other social areas include a bar, library, and open-air lounge. Something you might not expect is the extensive and well-stocked wine cellar, with superb vintages on offer to compliment the delicious meals.
Activities offered during your stay include 4x4 game drives, walking safaris and watching wildlife from a hides. As well as the wildlife activities you can observe some interesting rock paintings and visit a local village. Boat cruises on the river and fishing from the dam can be arranged. Back at the lodge you can unwind with a swim in your plunge pool or in the main lodge pool, treat yourself to some pampering at the spa and a spot of retail therapy at the boutique and gallery.
Open: Singita Pamushana is open all year round.
Location: The lodge is in the 52,600 hectare Malilangwe Private Reserve which shares its southern border with Gonarezhou National Park in south east Zimbabwe.
Rooms: There are eight uxury suites and a villa. The spacious suites all have en-suite bathrooms with panoramic views over the lake, and each has its own a private plunge pool and a viewing deck. They are air-conditioned and have a fireplace for chilly evenings. Every suite is equipped with a minibar, fridge, safe, hairdryer, bathrobes and slippers. There are four one-bedroom suites, three two-bedroom suites (one sleeping two adults and two children and the other sleeping four adults) and one three-bedroom suite (for four adults and two children). The villa has five bedrooms and a private infinity pool.
Activities: The following activities are offered (some may be seasonal), morning and afternoon game drives, nature walks, boat cruises, watching wildlife from a hide, community visits, trips to rock art sites, fishing and day trips to Gonarezhou National Park and to Great Zimbabwe.
Facilities: The lodge has a beautiful main building with a comfortable lounge with a TV a bar-cum-deli, indoor and outdoor dining areas and a firepit. Ther main swimming pool is located in front of the central area and has beautiful views of the lake below. There is a spa and treatments can be enjoyed here or in your own suite (pay locally). The gym is equipped with workout machines and weights. The lodge has a shop and gallery. A laundry service is included.
Dining: Delicious high quality meals are served at individual tables.
Children: Children of all ages are welome. There is a babysitting service. Activities can be tailored to suit younger guests, though children's participation in game activities will be at the guide's discretion.
Health: This is a malarial area.
Communication: There is complimentary Wi-Fi internet access and also a mobile phone signal.
The Zimbabwean based and managed Malilangwe Trust was set up to develop a harmonious existence between conservation initiatives and community development in villages adjacent to wildlife areas. Singita Pamushana Lodge is the ecotourism arm of the Trust and its role is to help sustain the wildlife and broader ecology whilst enabling guests to enjoy the beautiful and wild Malilangwe Wildlife Reserve. Singita manages the lodge on behalf of the Trust and all proceeds from the lodge benefit the numerous conservation and development programmes that are underway.