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Jacana Gardens Guest Lodge
Ranked #1 of 50 Harare B&B and Inns
Certificate of Excellence
Chimoio
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80 reviews
32 hotel reviews
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“Simply wonderful!”
Reviewed September 1, 2013

This is, quite simply, a gem. The main house won an architecture award back in 2004 and it is indeed lovely, with large open lounges, verandas and sizeable bedrooms. The current owners have filled the house with an eclectic but always tasteful mix of African art, antiques and modern pieces. Each bedroom is different in colour scheme, spacious and well-equipped. The main house sits in fabulous gardens that are dotted with sculptures. We didn't eat dinner, but breakfast was excellent, especially the selection of rustic breads. Add to all of this attentive and welcoming owners who have the experience to really know what travellers need, and a very fair price, and you have a place that is just about perfect at this level.

  • Stayed August 2013, traveled as a couple
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Wim L, Owner at Jacana Gardens Guest Lodge, responded to this review, September 5, 2013
Thanks a lot for your great response, we are very happy to hear you liked your stay with us !
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Alkmaar
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Reviewed August 1, 2013

I Love Jacana Gardens! The rooms (I believe they have 6...?) were spacious, impeccable and lovely designed with a touch of Africa of course.The beds and bathroom very comfortable. Breakfast delicious and impressive. The staff very friendly and helpful with information about where to go and what to do. From your room you can walk directly into the luscious garden with local art and lovely pool. There als is a nice and elegant lounge with comfy sofa's, interesting books and fireplace if you want to answer your email or just sit and relax with a glass of wine. A real home away from home feeling. I highly recommend this lodge and look forward going back and staying again.

  • Stayed October 2012, traveled with friends
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Wim L, Owner at Jacana Gardens Guest Lodge, responded to this review, December 23, 2015
Dear Daligala, thank you so much for your wonderful review on your stay at Jacana Gardens. This is much appreciated by the entire Jacana Gardens team. We are very happy you enjoyed your stay with us and are looking forward to welcome you again any next time you will travel to Harare. Stay well. Kind greetings, Rian
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Geneva, Switzerland
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Reviewed June 25, 2013

Wonderful little heaven in Harare. This was the start of long holidays in Zimbabwe, we stayed twice at the start and the end of our trip. The entire house and the bedrooms are decorated with very good taste. Electricity cuts are not a problem, they have a generator.
WIFI works all the time. Nice little pool in the middle of the garden, however it was too cold to swim in June. It's bed and breakfast but you can order a dinner for the evening. It's only 35 mn drive from the International Airport. They can arrange transfer if you book in advance.
The Dutch hosts are very friendly and professional, they make you feel warm and welcome.
Go there if you want to have a comfortable stay in Harare!!!

Room Tip: Room n°3 has a fantastic bathroom. In any case all rooms are nice and cosy. They all have a fridge w...
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  • Stayed June 2013, traveled as a couple
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Wim L, Owner at Jacana Gardens Guest Lodge, responded to this review, December 23, 2015
Dear Isa and Urban, thank you so much for your wonderful review on your stay at Jacana Gardens. This is much appreciated by the entire Jacana Gardens team. We are very happy you enjoyed your stay with us and are looking forward to welcome you again any next time you will travel to Harare. Stay well. Kind greetings, Rian
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Johannesburg, South Africa
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Reviewed June 17, 2013

This is the 2nd time I have stayed at Jacana Lodge and I wil keep going back. its like home away from home with all the best trimmings! The hosts are very accomodating and the staff are very friendly.

  • Stayed May 2013, traveled with friends
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Wim L, Owner at Jacana Gardens Guest Lodge, responded to this review, December 23, 2015
Dear Charity, thank you so much for your wonderful review on your stay at Jacana Gardens. This is much appreciated by the entire Jacana Gardens team. We are very happy you enjoyed your stay with us and are looking forward to welcome you again any next time you will travel to Harare. Stay well. Kind greetings, Rian
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Chelmsford, United Kingdom
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Reviewed May 7, 2013

You read so many reviews not knowing whether they are biased or self created, arriving with a skeptical mind not knowing what to expect. I arrived on a Monday evening after a long flight, shuttle bus waiting already l was like awesome. A drive to Jacana Gardens which was pleasant then to be greeted by Rian and Willem who are brilliant. You have to be there to experience the wonder rather than me tell you how amazing the place is......

Room Tip: Rooms are brilliant and spacious
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  • Stayed April 2013, traveled with family
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Wim L, Owner at Jacana Gardens Guest Lodge, responded to this review, December 23, 2015
Dear Noel, thank you so much for your wonderful review on your stay at Jacana Gardens. This is much appreciated by the entire Jacana Gardens team. We are very happy you enjoyed your stay with us and are looking forward to welcome you again any next time you will travel to Harare. Stay well. Kind greetings, Rian
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London, United Kingdom
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Reviewed May 4, 2013

I can wholeheartedly recommend staying in Jacana Lodge if you find yourself in Harare. You will be in for a treat ! The whole lodging experience here is pure work of art. Every inch of this place is beautifully decorated with incredible love and attention including amazing hosts dedication to their guest. I was in Harare on business and staying here made me feel very content, creative and effective. Thank you Rian and Willem ! I cant wait to be back :-)

  • Stayed April 2013, traveled on business
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Wim L, Owner at Jacana Gardens Guest Lodge, responded to this review, May 5, 2013
Thanks a lot Dani, hope to see you soon !!

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Willem
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Stockport, United Kingdom
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Reviewed April 30, 2013

I've stayed at Jacana Gardens on two separate occasions and have loved it each time. The rooms are lovely and the quirky furnishings a delight. The owners Rian and Willem are hands on and they go out of their way to make your stay comfortable.
If you are looking for excellent quality accommodation and a friendly homely ambience, then Jacana will suit you just fine!

  • Stayed April 2013, traveled on business
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Wim L, Owner at Jacana Gardens Guest Lodge, responded to this review, May 3, 2013
Hi Thembie,

thanks a lot for your review and glad to read you liked staying at Jacana Gardens !!!
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Property: Jacana Gardens Guest Lodge
Address: 14 Jacana Drive | Borrowdale, Harare, Zimbabwe
Location: Zimbabwe > Harare Province > Harare
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beverage Selection Free Breakfast Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Swimming Pool Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 50 B&Bs / Inns in Harare
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:3 star — Jacana Gardens Guest Lodge 3*
Number of rooms: 7
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Enjoy genuine and uncomplicated hospitality at Jacana Gardens Guest Lodge, situated on a quiet and secure one acre property within the Golden Triangle of Harare’s Northern suburbs, a 10 minute drive from the centre of Harare. Come stay in one of our six newly decorated spacious bedrooms or self-contained Garden Cottage, each with it's own individual design, all en-suite and with patio doors that open onto verandas, overlooking a lush garden and swimming pool. ... more   less 
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