We stayed here as part of a group of about 15 people and had the lodge to ourselves which was lovely!
The lodge is in a lovely location with stunning views across the bay/river. The area around the lodges is nice and shady with new grass having just been planted.
The main lodge is well laid out with various different areas for relaxing, great for enabling guests to not feel on top of each other! The pool was fantastic for lounging in during the heat of the day and was well maintained.
The only negative comment would be the presence of a TV in the bar area showing the news and sport - not ideal when you are trying to get away from it all for a few days and enjoy the sounds of nature!
The lodge staff were exceptionally friendly and polite and helpful.
The food was wonderful and we were definitely not underfed! The fresh baked camp bread and banana bread were especially good!! Drinks were fairly expensive.
The thatched guest lodges were very rustic but completely adequate and kept very clean - all were ensuite with toilet/showers, with fans and mozzie nets. The honeymoon lodge also had AC and a fridge and proper glass windows whereas the other guest lodges just had bars across open spaces in the walls as windows, with curtains.
all the lodges have balconies which overlook the river/bay.
The game was fairly sparse in the area - much less than in the nearby Matusadona area. A lot of hippo, crocs and prolific bird life all around the lodge. Elephant and buffalo were also seen during the game drives but the bush in this area is very thick making game drives hard work! We did have a few hippo coming on to the lawns around the lodge every night, some getting impressively close!
Fishing in the area was good with a couple of nice tiger being caught just off the bank in front of the lodge.
A word of caution: we took malarone as malaria prophylaxis as the UK pharmacists insisted nothing else worked for Zimbabwe. My husband subsequently came down with malaria and we have since learnt from a doctor in Harare that malarone is as good as useless for the Zambezi Valley and the only drug routinely used (and which we used to take when we lived in Zim!) is one called Deltaprim which is only available in Zim. Just something to bear in mind.
All in all though, a fantastic trip and would go again!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Gache Gache Lodge is situated across Lake Kariba only 30minutes by speedboat. You can also drive around in a 4x4 vehicle or you can charter a flight in to our own airstrip. We can arrange transfers. We have 10 rustic chalets, one with air-con. All with own verandah overlooking the lake. We offer game drives and our area now has great game-viewing and excellent fishing (Tiger & Bream) as we have our very own Environment Protection Unit on hand to combat any poaching in the Gache Gache Wilderness Area (GGWA. Gache Gache Lodge has a splash pool to keep you cool in those extremely hot months! Our evening game drives by boat/booze cruises allow you to take amazing pictures of stunning sunsets and birdlife too. September through April are the best fishing months! We look forward to hosting YOU soon! ... more less