Spurwing Island is a lovely resort in one of the most beautiful places in the world - Lake Kariba. We spent one night there with our extended family to celebrate a 50th birthday before we joined family and friends on a houseboat trip.
The experience started well - a short ferry trip to the Island from Kariba - we were warmly welcomed by Gary the manager and the staff. Our accommodation in the tented section was lovely - en suite tents under thatch overlooking the lake. The meals were simple but tasty and the staff all excellent. Some of us did a game drive in the afternoon on the mainland which was great - Cliffy was a very knowledgable guide and we saw plenty of game.
After a good dinner and the staff surprising us with a birthday cake we all went to bed early (we had got up at 4.30 for the drive from Harare to Kariba). Unfortunately our tents were located next to the bar and a very noisy party had started there with what we thought were some of the guests. We asked the barman what time the bar closed and he said 10.30 so we waited until 11.00pm but the noise and the music just seemed to increase. We asked them politely at about 11.30 if they would turn the music down as none of us could sleep and being in a national park in Africa we would like to listen to the animals and the night noises. This request was greeted with derision - the music volume was lowered a little for about ten minutes while the idiots started making animal noises.
At 1.00 am we had had enough and managed to find and wake poor Gary the manager who managed to break up the party and we finally got some sleep at 2.00 am.
To our amazement we subsequently found out that the people responsible for the party was one of the directors of the resort and his friends. We found their attitude very rude and insulting - we had no apologies the next day for their behaviour (just a few dirty looks over breakfast) and left the island very disappointed with our stay and the fact that we had parted with nearly US$ 1000 for the experience.
I would certainly not recommend Spurwing Island to anyone unless the director concerned makes up his mind as to whether he wants the resort as his personal party island or whether he would like to treat paying guests with the respect they deserve.
- Also Known As:
- Spurwing Island Hotel Kariba