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Norma Jeane's Lakeview Resort

Lake Mutirikwe/Great Zimbabwe Road, Masvingo Zimbabwe
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Lake Mutirikwe/Great Zimbabwe Road, Masvingo Zimbabwe
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Piwayi T wrote a review May 11
62 contributions4 helpful votes
The name of this resort has changed to Clever's Lakeside Resort from Norma Jeane. The new owners are currently giving the rooms a new modern look and it actually feels nice. The beds are very comfortable and water is available all day long. When there is no electricity the generator is switched on around 6, I think. The gardens are lush green with beautiful flowers,trees and an evergreen lawn. The staff follow covid 19 safety protocols from the moment you park your car and you feel quite safe. Breakfast was ok but I feel that charging $8 if one opts for a cereal only breakfast when there isn't a wide range of choice of cereal is a bit baffling. Overally, a great place to stay if you want some quiet time to relax and unwind. The room prices were also great as it was a holiday special.
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Date of stay: April 2021Trip type: Traveled with family
Peter S wrote a review Apr 2020
Port Elizabeth, South Africa34 contributions16 helpful votes
When you stay at Norma Jean's you go back to a bygone era of discrete and slightly formal comfort and service. Memories of an Africa that once was. A magnificent old style sitting room with open fires for chilly nights and a formal dining room serving good home cooked food - the bream was memorable - quietly served by waiters in black jackets and bow ties. The gardens are wonderful and exotic and must take a lot of work. But the views across Lake Mutirikwe (Kyle as was) to the mountains are stunning. We were there to visit the Great Zimbabwe ruins which we had been to on our honeymoon many years ago. Nothing had changed except there is now an excellent museum where you can see the Great Zimbabwe birds and the detailed history of this amazing place. The Great Enclosure is impressive with its strange towers and huge stone walls but the most impressive part is the Citadel or Hill Complex which is the oldest part of the complex. It's a long hot trudge to the top of the high fortified koppie but well worth it to explore the mysterious passages and enclosures surrounded by high thick stone walls and for the view of the plains below and the lake. If you are in the area don't stay at the big impersonal hotels, support Norma Jean's and help maintain a wonderful tradition.
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Date of stay: May 2019
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Kristie wrote a review Jan 2020
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Norma Jean's was clean, comfortable and affordable with different accommodation options (camping, budget and lodges) . Food was great and having drinks on the verandah overlooking their gardens and the lake was a highlight. It was super hot, so having a fan and mosi nets would have made it perfect. Staff were super helpful and friendly. Had trouble paying with Visa card, so worth keeping that in mind. We enjoyed the scenic drive around the lake too.
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Date of stay: January 2020Trip type: Traveled with family
irene212016 wrote a review Dec 2019
Harare, Zimbabwe28 contributions12 helpful votes
We recently spent a few days in a lodge at Norma Jeane’s. (The hotel has been bought by Anthony Clever Pote, and the staff now wear a Clever insignia, so possibly the change of ownership will lead to new branding with different priorities.) However, as it was, our lodge was comfortable, pleasantly and unobtrusively decorated, scrupulously clean and well provided for. (Remember to take soaps for the bathroom and kitchen.) With well-kept gardens and situated among beautiful musasa woodland, it provided a perfect retreat for us, seeking a few days of peace and quiet. Great Zimbabwe and the Muturikwi Dam Wall are within each reach. The staff at the hotel were friendly, professional and helpful, a combination for which Zimbabweans are well known throughout the world. Care had been taken with festive decorations, and the hotel was busy with guests. Our only complaint was that Christmas was celebrated in the lodge adjacent to ours with music played so loudly that it was very discomforting, and we had to retreat to the hotel veranda for several hours. There is, I think, an unspoken rule that guests sharing a venue have regard for each other; and when this does not happen, the proprietor needs to establish ways of managing such intrusions.
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Date of stay: December 2019
Geoff B wrote a review Dec 2019
Leominster, United Kingdom12 contributions6 helpful votes
We stayed here in June 2019 and would like to have stayed longer. From the moment we arrived we were made to feel welcome. After travelling, some lovely sandwiches and a cold beer were very welcome and we enjoyed the view from the terrace. We were camping, and had a lovely spot. The ablutions were the best we experienced in our month long trip through Botswana, Zambia, Zimbabwe and SA. We had a lovely meal with excellent service in the evening. I do not agree with another reviewer about the expense. We felt Norma Jeans was very good value.
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Date of stay: June 2019
$123 - $166 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
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Frequently Asked Questions about Norma Jeane's Lakeview Resort
Which popular attractions are close to Norma Jeane's Lakeview Resort?
Nearby attractions include Great Zimbabwe National Monument (4.7 miles).
What are some of the property amenities at Norma Jeane's Lakeview Resort?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include an on-site restaurant, a lounge, and free parking.
What food & drink options are available at Norma Jeane's Lakeview Resort?
Guests can enjoy an on-site restaurant and a lounge during their stay.
Is parking available at Norma Jeane's Lakeview Resort?
Yes, free parking is available to guests.
Does Norma Jeane's Lakeview Resort have any great views?
Yes, guests often enjoy the lake view available here.