T he rich tribal history of the region is the inspiration for the design of Singita Pamushana Lodge, drawing on the proud heritage of ancient Zimbabwe. Perched atop a sandstone ridge overlooking the shimmering expanse of the Malilangwe Dam, the lodge is a celebration of its incredible wilderness setting. With eight luxury suites and a five-bedroom villa, Singita Pamushana Lodge makes for an unforgettable luxury safari but its work with the non-profit Malilangwe Trust and its enduring purpose to contribute to the conservation of the 130,000-acre wildlife reserve in which it sits sets a new benchmark for meaningful travel experiences.
Pamushana has the impeccable service standards that come as standard across all Singita lodges. The small size of the lodge enables staff to offer a very exclusive and personalized approach. For example, dining options are discussed with guests on arrival, to ensure guests enjoy every single meal. And, of course, the Singita hospitality extends from the lodge to encompass the local area, as this is a company that prides itself on wildlife conservation, eco-friendly tourism and community support.
ACCESS & LOCATION
Singita Pamushana Lodge is located within the Malilangwe Wildlife Reserve. This is an area of over 60,000 hectares, bordering Gonarezhou National Park.
The lodge is situated in the shade of trees, within lush gardens, and overlooking a large lake.
ACCOMMODATION & FACILITIES AT SINGITA PAMUSHANA LODGE
Pamushana’s main areas are housed in wood-and-thatch structures, blending beautifully into the trees. There is an open-air lounge with colourful seating and a television, an open-air dining area in addition to a teak dining deck, a library, a bar, a wine cellar, two heated pools and a Jacuzzi! All communal spaces have amazing views of Malilangwe dam and the sandstone hills rising above the water. There is complimentary internet access, mobile phone signal, and gym and spa facilities. The spa offers massages and mani-pedis, while for sporty types there are two tennis courts and a golf course nearby!
The guest accommodation at Pamushana is also made of wood and thatch. It consists of four one-bedroom suites, two family suites (one two-bedroom, one three-bedroom) and one five-bedroom villa. All options are spacious and air conditioned, and decorated in a vibrant style with plenty of colours and patterns. Guests receive complimentary bathrobes, slippers and hairdryer. The suites have en-suite bathrooms with indoor and outdoor showers and lovely views over the lake. The same views are available from a private deck with pool. The villa has all the features of the suites, plus its own kitchen, living room, dining room – and even a nanny flat! And rather than a plunge pool, it boasts an infinity pool, with panoramic vistas of the lake and dam.
ACTIVITIES AT SINGITA PAMUSHANA LODGE
There is loads to do at Singita Pamushana Lodge.
• Game drives take place during the day and during the night. The reserve contains a rich assortment of wildlife, including all Big Five animals in addition to cheetah, antelope species, wild dog and impressive birdlife.
• Guided safari walks are also available, providing guests with an opportunity to get to know the area really well. Guests enjoy fishing too – the lake below the lodge is a brilliant location for catching bass, bream, catfish, tiger fish.
• Local visits are equally popular – the lodge offers both community tours and rock-site tours, so guests can gain insights into the culture and history of the area.
• Mountain biking is possible for experienced riders. Back on the lake, guests like to wind down with a sundowner cruise after a day of activities.
• Finally, you can even go on stargazing safari!
SINGITA IS COMMITTED TO SAVING AFRICA’S WILDERNESS
Singita is a conservation company that has been preserving African wilderness for the past 25 years, offering guests an exceptional safari experience with 12 luxury, award winning lodges and camps across 5 regions in Africa. In partnership with non-profit Funds & Trusts who implement strategic conservation projects in each region, Singita is preserving and protecting pristine land and existing wildlife populations and helping to create economic independence within communities that live alongside the reserves.
Travellers choose to stay at Singita because of the expansive space and beauty of the reserves, limited guest and vehicle numbers, extraordinarily consistent game viewing and the exceptional care that is taken of each guest during their stay. When guests depart after a Singita safari, they are transformed for life, satisfied in the knowledge that they’ve made a contribution to the legacy of Africa.singita.com
Jason Stacey is the Managing Editor for Luxury Listed and forever on the lookout for a story worth reading.