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PUNGWE DRIFT COTTAGES

 18º24'26.16" S  32º46'38.08" E

PUNGWETwo privately owned (under concession from Parks) self-catering cottages set on the banks of the Pungwe River inside the Nyanga National Park.  The cottages are fully equipped with cutlery and crockery, pots and pans, warm bedding and extra blankets.  No towels are provided.  Each cottage sleeps five and has two bedrooms with three single beds in one room and a double in the other (other configurations possible).  A comfortable lounge with jet master (a cradle of wood a day is included in the rate, if more wood is used it is charged for at the rate of $5.00 per bundle) fireplace separates the two bedrooms.  There is a small dining room attached to the kitchen.  Cooking is on wood stove (wood supplied) and gas double hot plate.  Lighting is candles and oil lanterns.  There is a bathroom and separate toilet.   Hot water supplied by boiler.  There is an outdoor braai (charcoal available for sale) overlooking the river and outdoor furniture.  Please bring own food and drinks plus towels and toiletries.  Although there is no electricity at the cottage it is equipped with solar fridge and freezer.  The most stunning setting deep inside the Nyanga National Park.  Strictly no pets allowed.

Rates (subject to change, terms and conditions apply):

$40.00 per person per night. Children under 12 half price.  Minimum charge per cottage is $100.00 per cottage per night if less than three people.  This rate includes unlimited fly fishing on a catch and release basis. Part proceeds to conservation of the Nyanga and Mutarazi Falls National Parks.  All guest are required to pay Parks entry fees of $5.00 per adult (children $3.00) and $5.00 per vehicle for residents.  Non residents pay $10.00.  Entry fees are a one off payment and are valid for mulitple entry to the Nyanga and Mutarazi Falls National Parks for one week.

The cottages are serviced daily.  PLEASE KINDLY BRING YOUR OWN RUBBISH BAG TO CARRY ANY RUBBISH AWAY WITH YOU.

Activities (some of which are charged extra on a user pay basis) include:

  • fly fishing
  • wild water rafting
  • kayaking
  • river bugging
  • canyoning
  • adventure ropes course in trees
  • abseiling
  • rock-climbing wall
  • mountain biking trails
  • birding
  • walks
  • Turaco Hiking Trail
  • swimming in natural pools on the river
  • picnics
  • peace and quiet

Directions: recommended route

From Harare travel towards Rusape.  In Rusape take the Nyanga/Juliasdale turn off and travel towards Juliasdale.  Just before you get in to Juliasdale (about a kilometer before the village) take the Mutare Road to your right and travel for about 11,5km until you reach a dirt road to your left and a sign saying Mutarazi Junior School. Turn left here and travel for about 4km until you reach a Y-junction... keep left and follow the Mutarazi Junior School signs.  Carry on along the dirt road through Chingamwe forest estate for about 6km until you get to the T-junction with the Pungwe Scenic Road.  Turn left onto the Pungwe Scenic Road and travel for about 9.4km until you get to the Pungwe Falls/Pungwe Drift Cottages turn off on your right.  Turn right and wind your way down to the Pungwe Drift and Cottages.

If coming from the Mutare side then take the Honde Valley Road turn off from the main Mutare/Juliasdale Road...  about the 51 km peg along the Mutare/Juliadale Road just after "Selborne Store".  Travel for 1.7 km until you see the large dirt road to your left.  This is the Pungwe Scenic Road and there is a FAR and WIDE 19 km sign here.  Turn left here and travel for about 22 km until you get to the Pungwe Falls/Pungwe Drift Cottages turn off on your right... no sign post.  Turn right and wind your way down to the Pungwe Drift and Cottages.

The roads are ok, not great but passable.  4x4 is preferable though not essential.

Distances from: Juliasdale/Montclare 35km (40 minutes); Claremont Golf Club 25km (30 minutes); Troutbeck 60km (70 minutes); Nyanga Village 40km (40 minutes)

 

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Terms and Conditions

All reservations: Reservations on e-mail:   wildnyanga@gmail.com or farnwide@mweb.co.zw or telephone:  mobile + 263 772 469 229 or office tel/fax + 263 29 3011.  We  cannot receive SMS messages

Please note:

We require full payment on booking to secure the reservation.  In the event of a cancellation we will refund 50% of the fee if at least 4 weeks notice is given.

Reservations are held for a 48 hour period.  If payment has not been received after 48 hours the reservation is automatically cancelled and guests must rebook if they are still wanting to travel.

Please contact us for details about out of town payments. Payment can also be made to:

FAR and WIDE Zimbabwe

zb Bank
Juliasdale Branch 4527
Account number:  4527 053 444 080

Please make sure you reference your deposit with the name of the person making the booking.  Please e-mail deposit slip as proof of payment.

Please note:

Our access roads are not good and there is no signage to each of the cottages.   The supplied map however is very accurate.  We recommend the use of GPS and Tracks4Africa.  We strongly advise guests to use 4x4 vehicles or at least high clearance vehicles with diff lock features.  It is not advisable to travel at night.  Lodge attendants  will wait for guests until 5pm after which time if guests have still not arrived it will be considered a no show.  Activities are available but should be organised beforehand to avoid disappointment.

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