As an ex Zim , now living in the UK, it was truley amazing to be back in Kariba and especially that we were able to stay on Spurwing. We went as a party of 10 to celebrate my Dad's 70th.... I manage a large Travel Agency in the South of England, so yes my expectations are high. Spurwing is the tonic we all need during the year....no mobile signal unless you stand in reception . But the aim here is to switch off your phones, switch off your laptops and CHILL ! We stayed in tent 8 and it is in a great spot. Tents 6-10 are great ! They are tents under thatch and have full shower toilet and basin at the rear, excellent mosquito nets , fans and electricity (from the generator)...a small patio is where your tea/coffee tray is delivered every morning at whatever time you request. ALL FREE ! Oh and turn-down in the evening whilst you are having dinner....
The lodge has different room types and I did get to see a few. They are all quite basic, but you are not coming to Spurwing for luxury... Its all about being on the lake, enjoying the fishing and game viewing from your boat, and of course the famous Kariba sunsets !
Food was really good. Two of our evening meals were slightly disappointing, but they excelled themselves on the Saturday lunch by having a braai (barbecue) out in front of the bar area, overlooking the lake. There was a great selection of meat, salads, and even marshmallows for the kids to braai afterwards. Then back to our tent for an afternoon nap before a few hours of fishing before sunset.....HONESTLY what more can you ask for ? My favourite meal was breakfast. Eggs cooked to perfection and the bacon was excellent too. Lots of toast and it was all delivered to the table. Coffee .... i am a coffee freak, and would have loved filter coffee. Perhaps in plungers delivered to the table?
Service...the bar staff are excellent and Cosmos did a great job keeping our glasses topped up. The Bloody Mary's after lunch were top class :) The waiters in the dining room could do with a little training but overall the food and service was excellent ! Perhaps on arrival, a briefing from the Manager about timings, and general day to day routine, would help. A few guests did not know that tea and cake was served at 3pm when the drums went off ?
The boat guys....they were always there waiting to meet us. They kept our cooler boxes stocked, our fish all gutted and arranged for them as bar snacks if requested ! Great concept. The guy who took us out on the first day took us to an excellent spot and we caught loads of bream ! Great to be able to let my 10yr old Pommy son experience what Kariba is all about.
HONESTLY....If I could I would definitely make a trip to Spurwing a regular occurence .... You come away feeling refreshed and as though you have really escaped from the stresses of life. If you want 5 star luxury...its not for you. If you want true Zim hospitality and a fantastic spot on Lake Kariba, then SPURWING is for you !
- Also Known As:
- Spurwing Island Hotel Kariba