Singita Pamushana in the Malilwange Game Reserve, Zimbabwe, is the finest property I have visited in 15 trips to Africa. This was our second visit to this property and we are working to book a third stay next year. It is an easy connection from JNB. Every aspect of this property warrants the highest ratings possible. The game viewing and guiding are amazing.
Our group consisted of two families (11 of us). We had two vehicles and two excellent guides – Jaffet and Mr. T. We had the thrill of watching a leopard successfully stalk and kill an impala before we raced off for a special "bush dinner" arranged by our hosts Jason and Emily.
The food throughout our stay was on par with a one star Michelin restaurant. The wine cellar is expertly managed by Emily. She pairs all the courses perfectly with outstanding South Africa wines from many different regions.
We also had the pleasure of dining one evening with noted wildlife cinema photographer Kim Wolhuter and his delightful bride Taryn. This was really a great chance to talk with a man that spends most of his life in the bush building relationship on foot and unarmed with these amazing animals. Kim's videos are some of the most original work done on cheetahs, painted dogs and hyena.
At the risk of getting the property manager Jason in trouble with his wife, I have to comment on his brand of "go jump in the lake service". Jason has taken this to a new level - He actually put on his wet suit and dove in the crocodile and hippo infested lake in order to retrieve my friend’s waterproof video camera that had dropped in during the previous days fishing tournament (20+ Talipia and 5 Tiger fish in two hours). No mention was made in advance – Jason just showed up after lunch and handed Chip his camera back. We were blown away by the literal "all in” service.
At Pamushana, even the trip back to the airstrip can be exciting! The guides noticed some alarm calls and quickly found a Cheetah mother with two cubs. She went into hunting mode and ultimately took off at full speed across a large open area and took down an impala. Unfortunately for her, a group of large male baboons took interest in her efforts and a stalemate took place with the dead impala just lying in the middle of the face off.
Pamushana is simply beyond words.
- Also Known As:
- Singita Pamushana Hotel
- Singita Pamushana Hotel Chiredzi
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Singita Pamushana is an elegant oasis consisting of six spacious suites and one exclusive villa offering ultimate luxury in a truly African setting. The lodge is located on a promontory overlooking the Malilangwe Lake and presents a diverse habitat that is home to an array of wildlife species. ... more less
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