Singita Pamushana Lodge
Malilangwe Wildlife Reserve, Zimbabwe
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SINGITA PAMUSHANA LODGE - MALILANGWE WILDLIFE RESERVE, ZIMBABWE
One of Africa’s best-kept secrets, Singita Pamushana Lodge is found within the Malilangwe Wildlife Reserve in south-eastern Zimbabwe. Nestling beneath the trees, the lodge incorporates the natural environment and the forest-like architecture enhances views of the pool, the lush gardens and the lake below. Pamushana Lodge comprises six luxury suites and one villa, each offering incredible views of the Malilangwe dam.
Singita Pamushana Lodge is set amongst towering trees overlooking a 1500-acre lake in the remote reaches of the pristine Malilangwe Wildlife Reserve in Zimbabwe; which spans some 150,000 acres of wilderness in the south-eastern corner of Zimbabwe, bordering the Gonarezhou National Park. This forestlike lodge, with its rough-hewn architecture, is inspired by the bold and vibrant culture of the local Shangaan people who have lived in the region for thousands of years. Beyond the lodge, hundreds of baobab trees punctuate the untouched wilderness of ridges, outcrops, ironwood and mountain acacia woodlands which are home to a great variety of rare and abundant wildlife, as well as hundreds of bird species and ancient rock paintings.
Malilangwe Wildlife Reserve is teeming with birds and wildlife, including rare and endangered species – such as the Roan and sable antelope, and the black rhino. Famous for its cathedral Mopane forests and majestic ‘upside-down’ Baobab trees, Malilangwe is an area where you will also find over 100 rock sites that date back more than 2 000 years.
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• Six air-conditioned luxury suites and one private retreat.
• Suite configurations: 4 x 1 bedroom suites, 1 x 2 bedroom suite, 1 x 3 bedroom suite and 1 x 5 bedroom (private retreat).
• All master bedrooms feature en suite bathroom and shower, as well as an outdoor shower, private plunge pool, double-sided fireplace, mini-bar and fridge, room safe, air conditioning, overhead fans, private lounge, direct dial telephones and game viewing deck with Swarovski spotting scope.
• The main lodge area offers an indoor dining room, open dining room, teak-deck dining areas, bar, library, open-air lounge, wine cellar, two heated swimming pools and a jacuzzi, all overlooking the Malilangwe dam and sandstone hills.
• Daytime game drives and spot lit night drives with professional guides.
• Walking safaris, community visits, mountain biking,
rock art site visits, fishing and sundowner cruises on
the dam below the lodge.
• Bird watching with the chance of seeing black rhino on foot.
• San Bushman Rock Art educational tours.
• Game fishing throughout the year for Tiger Fish, Bass, Bream (tilapia) and Catfish.
• Other activities include tennis (two tennis courts – clay and Rebound Ace) and golf (9-hole golf course just 45 minutes away).
Amenities and Services
• Laundry & valet services.
• Spa, gym and Yoga room.
• Wireless internet access.
• Satellite television in the main lodge
• There are two swimming pools and a Jacuzzi in the main lodge area
• Dependent upon area coverage, there is mobile
• Electricity/power available: 220V. Converters are also
available and hair dryers are supplied in each suite
• Children of all ages are welcome. There are babysitting
services available and tailor-made activities
to suit each family. In the interest of safety,
children's' participation in game activities is at the
discretion of your guide
Malilangwe Wildlife Reserve is set on 124 000 acres of wilderness in the southern corner of Zimbabwe, bordering the Gonarezhou National Park. It is a spectacularly diverse and beautiful piece of Africa, boasting geological diversity, habitat variability and a wide variety of plant and animal species. Home to one of the highest concentrations of the endangered black rhino as well as fourteen species of eagle, the area is known for its magical sandstone outcrops, mopane forests, and majestic baobab trees. Malilangwe is also an area where you will find over 100 rock art sites that date back more than 2000 years.
A very healthy white rhino population exists at Malilangwe and it is possible to see as many as 8 rhino together at one time. Giraffe, zebra, impala and wildebeest abound on the ‘Banyini’ in the centre of the property, and sable antelope and Lichtenstein’s hartebeest are found in the mopane woodlands in the south.
The lake, situated below Pamushana lodge, is home to hippos, crocodiles, terrapins and monitor lizards as well as a variety of fish and water birds. During the summer months the elephant breeding herds regularly bathe at the top end of the lake.
Painted hunting dogs breed in caves in the sandstone hills and nyala are regularly seen in the riverine forest along the banks of the Chiredzi River. Herds of up to 500 buffalo water in this river and then move eastwards to feed on the rich grazing on the basalt flats. Lions, hyenas and the elusive leopards keep the herbivore populations in check.
Apart from the 'Big 5' a variety of small antelope including klipspringer, oribi, grey duiker, steenbok, and grysbok are found in the region In terms of birdlife, Malilangwe boasts over 400 different species.
Singita Pamushana Lodge is highly involved in the conservation of the area and the upliftment of local communities through various development initiatives led by the Malilangwe Trust. The establishment of the Trust means that guest contributions and any profits from commercial tourism operations are directly ploughed back into the community and conservation initiatives, creating a better life for all.
The Malilangwe Trust was established as a non-profit organisation in 1994 as a blueprint for harmonising conservation and community development activities with settlements neighbouring wildlife areas. The Trust is highly acclaimed for its ecological research, breeding and protection of endangered species and models for sustainable community development and outreach projects. High-class, low-volume commercial tourism was established on the property in 1999 to increase the revenue potential of the Trust for further enhancement of community and conservation initiatives.
Involvement within the local community also takes the form of philanthropy. For example, 23 000 school children, based in schools in the vicinity of the Trust land, are fed a balanced meal each school day. This project was introduced in response to a very real need which saw the education of many of these children being undermined by inadequate nutrition and daily hunger.
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