GPS 20 15 77.00S, 30 56 86.00E
TEL: +27 (0) 8550443
Take a few steps back in time to the era of the Kingdom of Zimbabwe when you enter the luxury Lodge at the Ancient City. The Lodge evokes the splendour and mystery of the Great Zimbabwe Monument – the famous remains of the city that once housed a thriving African civilisation. The colonial government used to refer to it as the Zimbabwe Ruins.
Harare and Bulawayo in Zimbabwe are both a 3 hours drive from the Lodge at the Ancient City.
Built on a granite outcrop, the Lodge at the Ancient City has sweeping views of a valley filled with trees, and faces in the direction of the Great Zimbabwe monument, so that you can see the Great Enclosure with its famous Conical Tower from the Hotel. Lake Mutirikwi, the third largest man-made dam in Zimbabwe, can also be seen. The main complex and guest lodges at the lodge are built from stone and thatch, with structures of granite stonewalling capturing the atmosphere of Zimbabwe’s oldest UNESCO World Heritage Site.
The lodge can accommodate 48 guests in luxurious chalets decorated in such a way that you might feel as if you were an African emperor in a previous life. There are 4 family chalets, each accommodating 4 guests (extra beds can be arranged), as well as 14 chalets with twin or double beds. The chalets are all en-suite, equipped with bath, shower, toilet and basin. Square 13A 220V sockets are provided.
At night the firelight and soft mbira music at the Lodge at the Ancient City create a magical atmosphere. You can enjoy Table d’hôte meals in the open-air summer house, or, if the weather in Zimbabwe is not pleasant, in the thatched dining hall. Huge granite boulders, characteristic of the geology of many parts of Zimbabwe, form part of the lounge and bar at the Lodge of the Ancient City.
Activities revolve around the Great Zimbabwe Monument. Expert guides based at the Lodge offer a variety of explorative excursions to the famous Zimbabwe Ruins where they explain the origins and history and eventual decline of the city, the various trading routes as well as religious and social practices of the once thriving community. Game drives and walks in the nearby Lake Mutirikwi Recreational Park, sunset cruises on Lake Mutirikwi, as well as drives into the tribal areas surrounding the Great Zimbabwe site are also offered at the lodge.
In addition to a swimming pool, gift shop and laundry, the Lodge at the Ancient City offers well-equipped conference facilities for a maximum of 40 delegates. The Lodge at the Ancient City is an exceptional and unusual wedding venue and can accommodate up to 120 wedding guests. Airport transfers can also be arranged.
If you arrive late in Harare you can spend the night in the Harare Cresta Lodge before you travel to the Lodge at the Ancient City. Some people might enter the country via Bulawayo where the Churchill Hotel is in town or the Matobo Hills Lodge in the famous Matopo Hills National Park will be the accommodation of choice. The Matobo Hills Lodge is a sister lodge of the Lodge at the Ancient City.
If you plan a visit to South Africa after your Zimbabwe tour use Temba South Africa as tour operator. South Africa is a big country with numerous lodges and hotels. The Hole in the Wall Hotel offers both hotel style accommodation as well as self-catering ( self contained ) accommodation near Coffee Bay along the Transkei Wild Coast and Ntaba River Lodge near Port St Johns. The Garden Route of the Western Cape is another destination which nobody must miss. Misty Mountain Lodge in the Tsitsikamma district of South Africa. They offers excellent accommodation with breathtaking coastal views. The Kalahari Monate Lodge is near Upington on the Spitskop Nature Reserve 1200 km from the Great zimbabwe Monument.
It will take you two days to reach Namibia from the Lodge at the Ancient City. If the Great Zimbabwe Monument is a main attraction in Zimbabwe than the Fish River Canyon is an attraction of the same importance in Namibia.Canyon Lodge is near the Fish River Canyon and offers unique luxury accommodation in caves style rooms. If you travel via Victoria Falls from Lodge at the Ancient City you will enter Namibia through the Caprivi and your first night will then be at Kwando Camp a luxurious lodge on the Caprivi strip in the north-east of Namibia and your next stop will be at the Vingerklip Lodge in Damaraland or Kaokoland an upmarket lodge and nearest to the magnificent Vingerklip Rock in Namibia. If Game viewing is importantant to you, make sure that you includeEtosha national park in you Namibian tour.
Mokolodi Nature Reserve offers self-catering ( self contained ) accommodation in a nature reserve 12 km south of Gaborone which is the capital city of Botswana.
Youth Tours to Europa and tours of Botswana and Namibia. Famous for the Kalahari Vasbyt tour and the JIP tour.