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“A must do if you are in Harare”

Wild Is Life Trust and ZEN
Ranked #1 of 38 things to do in Harare
Certificate of Excellence
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Owner description: Wild is Life is a genuine wildlife orphanage and rehabilitation rescue centre.Guests are invited to visit the Sanctuary for trully memorable personal encounters with wildlife orphans. Bookings are essential and visits are limited to afternoons only. All proceeds from the guest visits are used for the running and maintenance of the Sanctuary.
Reviewed November 14, 2013

This was one of the highlights of our trip to Zimbabwe. The mission, to care for abandoned and rescued animals is wonderful and you get to see how the animals are cared for and learn how they came to the sanctuary. Then, you are treated to a true "Out of Africa" experience. The setting is the ultimate of "shabby chic" with china and silver settings for tea and champagne while the house Kudu and Ostrich come over to check out what's on your plate.

1  Thank AmeliaDavidR
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Reviewed October 31, 2013

The tour - to this idyllic spot - is beautifully organised. The staff and the guide are very welcoming. You arrive at around 3.30p.m and see and learn about the animals who have been brought to extend their lives and provide more information on conservation. Feeding time occurs on the tour. We learnt so much and relaxed at the end with lovely canapés and the sundowners in a beautiful tented area.

Thank Richard P
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Reviewed October 26, 2013

An unforgettable experience up close and personal with wild life. The staff at this establishment are doing a fantastic job rescuing and caring for abandoned and helpless animals. Great way to spend a relaxing few hours in Harare.

1  Thank Nicky C
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Reviewed October 16, 2013

I was just so surprised and impressed by this place. I had expected something of a standard tourist experience, but what I found instead, was an establishment that not only cares deeply about the numerous animals within its care, but was also very generous and open to its guests. This is a beautiful place, staffed by good and caring people. I learnt a great deal about a wide variety of native creatures and certainly did not miss out on close interaction with all of them! The afternoon tea and the drinks at sundown topped off a truly great afternoon. We felt like friends rather than paying customers. I can genuinely recommend "Wild is Life" to anyone who visits Harare. It is also very close to the airport, so even if it's the last thing you do before you fly out, spend the afternoon there.

1  Thank Jon F
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Reviewed October 9, 2013

I really didn't know what to expect when a friend invited me out to Wild is Life in October. Being enthusiastic about going to the bush I thought I can not really be stunned by some animals in an "aritificial" setting. Oh, how wrong is was - the afternoon in this beautiful, well-kept, classy environment was absolutely breathtaking; a paradise on earth just a few kilometres outside Harare (which makes it the perfect place to take your visitors to, have team buildings, pass by on the way to or from the airport with your valued guests - or just spoil yourself and your loved ones with an unforgettable experience).

Located around a beautiful old farm setting, Roxy and her lovely team have set up a sanctuary for those animals that would not be able to survive in nature, may it be due to illnesses, injuries, having been cast out by their herds or families, or expelled from their previous habitat. Impressive lions (that are fed just after your arrival for high tea - what a show), tame Kudus, quirly impala, cheeky monekys and baboons, giraffes (currently including the cutest baby giraffe ever), rare pangolins and cheetahs - wait till you get to pose with Diesel, who loves to be stroked by the visitors - that was my first, and boy, what a moment! The staff is very friendly and knowledgeable - and happy to answer all questions. After the lion feeding, delicious tea and cakes are served on the verandah of one of the old farm houses pimped up as a kind of mueseum before you set off on another tour. The tea break gives lots of opportunities to ask more questions and feed the stunning tame kudu with carrot cake.

After the tour and the cheetah excitement, delicious snacks and sundowners were served on the verandah whilst yet another stunning Zimbabwean sunset makes you feel as if you were in the middle of the bush. One more insider tipp: Even visiting the toilets is just another classy, impressive experience!

I would like to say thanks to Roxy and her lovely staff, who put their hearts and souls into a better life for those animals, and into creating a paradise close to the city. What has been my first visit in all these years will definitely not have been my last! Thanks a million!

1  Thank Doro G
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