You’ll find the heart of Africa in Zimbabwe’s stunning Malilangwe Wildlife Reserve, which allows no more than 24 visitors at one time on its 130,000 acres of protected wilderness.
The intimate Singita Pamushana Lodge, located on a hilltop with just six guest suites and one villa, looks out on the exquisite panorama of the African continent. Whether from the Swarovski telescope on the viewing deck, or during one of your day and night safaris, your view of the Big Five will provide you with memories that will last a lifetime.
Bushmen who gathered on this very hilltop on sacred days named it Pamushana — “a place in the sun.” Today, the high elevation affords Singita Pamushana Lodge’s spacious suites and villa spectacular views. Built with hand-hewn stonework, and adorned with exotic works of art and richly textured materials, each suite and villa is air-conditioned, with indoor and outdoor showers and all modern amenities. Walls of sliding glass lead from your bedroom onto a teak game-viewing deck with a private plunge pool and Swarovski telescope. The entire camp may be booked for groups or families. Children of all ages are welcome.
In addition to your suite’s private plunge pool, Pamushana’s main lodge has two swimming pools, a Jacuzzi and spa facilities. Visitors make themselves at home in the lounge and bar, library and wine cellar. Although early-morning and later afternoon activities are offered every day, there is no rigid program, and activities are planned to fit your individual wishes. In addition to game drives, you may choose from activities such as fishing, boat safaris, walks, mountain biking, tennis, bird watching and visits to see Bushman paintings in the sandstone hills. WiFi is available.
With only six game drive vehicles on 130,000 private acres, safaris on Malilangwe Wildlife Reserve offer the greatest opportunities to see the “Big Five” — lion, leopard, elephant, buffalo and rhinoceros — as well as other great game animals and rare species. The reserve is home to more than 400 species of birds, with the highest concentration of raptors in the world. Walks with licensed professional guides are a highlight of the Malilangwe experience. A system of hides and blinds and water holes has been developed for special close encounters where absolutely anything may appear to thrill the hidden guest. Fishing for largemouth bass and clay court tennis are a few of the other activities to be enjoyed.
Fabulous cuisine is prepared in Pamushana’s state-of-the-art kitchen and served to the standards of great European restaurants. Imaginative lunch menus feature delights such as chilled fresh pear and yogurt soup, pan-fried bream fillets with crumbed potatoes and vanilla crème crepes with port wine grapes. Evening meals are equally enticing with grilled medallions of pork, rack of lamb, smoked salmon on potato blinis or grilled ostrich steaks for adventurous diners. Dishes can be paired with wines from a well-chosen list, and followed with confections such as passion fruit crème brulée, pear tart renversée or soft-centered chocolate puddings.
Singita Pamushana Lodge is highly involved in the conservation of the reserve and the enrichment of local communities through various development initiatives spearheaded by the Malilangwe Trust. The trust feeds 19,000 children every day, sponsors over 300 college scholarships a year and funds small-scale irrigation projects to promote self-sufficient and sustainable community enrichment.
Pamushana is situated in the Malilangwe Wildlife Reserve in the southeast Lowveld region of Zimbabwe. Guests can fly to Johannesburg or Harare, where private charters fly into Buffalo Range International Airport — an international entry/exit point with customs and immigration. Malilangwe personnel will meet you and drive you to the lodge. There is a private airstrip for guests arriving by private plane.