‘Nurturing Communities.
Shaping Lives.’

Musangano Lodge proudly presents its outreach community project ‘Nurturing Communities. Shaping Lives’. This programme offers exciting insights into the lives of ordinary Zimbabweans with the rare opportunity of first hand experiences and lasting memories to take home.

A naturalist by passion

A naturalist by passion

A tiny, slim man in his sixties, Oliver Waziweyi is a well known custodian of traditional Shona culture and offers untold wealth of knowledge on conservationism. A trip to Oliver’s homestead will reward the visitor with a fascinating tour of his indigenous forest, a lesson on the healing elements of the local plant life, the chance to view curiosities like his ‘multi citrus’ trees bearing two types of fruit, and his innovative eco-friendly inventions, such as a system of purifying water.

Tobacco Contract Farming


The brainchild of a former white farmer and a former black member of the Zimbabwean army, this agricultural scheme has had astounding success. The programme aims to help small scale farmers that are new to tobacco farming and encourages cooperation between them and a flourishing local business. The scheme started with a mere five farmers in 2004 and has grown to 2.800 growers, a clear sign of its positive impact. The project is symbolic of how it is possible to work together to create a win-win situation. Alternatively, we organize a visit for you to a commercial farm in the vicinity, where tobacco, maize and grapes are grown.

Hartzell Primary School

Hartzell Primary School

Situated on the premises of Old Mutare Mission, Hartzell Primary School was founded in 1901 and derives its name from the mission’s founder, Rev Dr. J.C.Hartzell. The well-established co-educational school caters for more than 1.230 pupils, of whom more than 230 are boarders. The institution has a history of producing not only excellent academic results (99 % pass rate in 2011), but also happy, well-rounded individuals, setting them on the right path to a fulfilling and wholesome future.

Old Mutare Mission Hospital

Old Mutare Mission Hospital

The hospital at Old Mutare Mission, established in 1903, is an indispensable part of the community catering for 12.000 locals. It has a well established maternity facility and is a base for the treatment of TB, AIDS, malnutrition and cardiac - related diseases. This hospital is a testament to how the tireless commitment of a few individuals can do so much good for so many. The one resident doctor, Dr. Manyeza, has devoted the better part of 20 years to the hospital and, in return, is a well-loved and highly respected member of the community, while the nursing staff are incredibly dedicated with a work ethic based on their Christian beliefs.

Fairfield Children’s Home

Fairfield Children’s Home

Brenda, a typical 6 year old with a cute gap in her toothy grin, loves to play soccer. She lives with her mother Lydia and seven siblings. However, neither Brenda nor her brothers and sisters are all that typical. In fact, their family is very special - it is one of eight ‘made up’ families at the Fairfield Children’s Home that was created to nurture and provide for orphans. Just like Brenda, Fairfield is thriving, currently supporting 78 children who have been given the chance to escape the misery they once knew and grow up as every child should, in a loving family environment, with healthcare, education and the promise of a brighter future.

Gogo Olive

Gogo Olive

Gogo - Shona for granny – Olive was set up in 2008 and is named after the founder’s grandmother Olive, whose name is at the same time a symbol of peace. Julie Hagan’s childhood memories of her grandmother knitting for missions in Africa inspired her to set up this project, as a means of giving both hope and a desperately needed livelihood to present and former women prisoners. As knitting requires only basic materials and is easily learnt, the scheme has been hugely successful. The distinctive and appealing Gogo Olive figurines are not only sold across Zimbabwe, but are now being exported to Europe and Asia.


Sport 4 Socialisation

S4S stands for Sport4Socialisation, which is a welfare organization that aims to improve the quality of life of disabled children and their families. Through their social inclusion programme S4S strives to empower the kids and their families to break out of their isolation and surprise the world with their potential. This innovative holistic and family orientated approach has earned S4S multiple awards in - and outside of Zimbabwe. Find out how S4S works towards achieving the vision of an environment where disabled children have equal rights. Attend a sports meeting with the children, find out how the parents of disabled children deal with the daily challenges or talk to a coordinator, who can give you more background information on this amazing programme.


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Luxury, tranquility and good value with an African ambiance

Musangano Lodge is the perfect place for an away from it all break, a honeymoon, or as a base from which to explore the beautiful, green parts of Zimbabwe's Eastern Highlands. It's set in woodland grounds, and at night you can sleep in your own Hansel and Gretel thatched cottage in the woods, under a dark starry night sky where the milky way appears as bright as it was above the UK 50 years ago. The food is excellent and you will receive 5 star personal attention from the friendly staff.

Stayed February 2016, travelled as a couple
John P from UK

Holiday at Musangano Lodge

Musangano Lodge is just the place to be if you are looking for a quiet environment where there is peace & tranquillity. Despite the current economic challenges prevailing in the country at the moment, the Lodge was able to provide the best of service to my family during our stay there. The staff were very friendly & ready to assist at all times, the room was freshened up timeously each day & Musangano Lodge has now become our home away from home each time we visit Mutare & we look forward to every visit as a family.

Stayed December 2015, travelled with family

Pauline K

Great Service

Spent a few days here recently and found an incredibly dedicated team headed by Bright . During the course of our stay they went out of their way numerous times to ensure we had a great stay ! Thank you so much guys !

Stayed January 2016, travelled as a couple

Brett H

Excellent Place

Musangano Lodge was beautiful. We went as a group of two familes, and stopped there for a night on our way to Vilanculous, Mozambique. The people were great, the accommodation was so cozy and welcoming and the place was so quite and peaceful. I would love to go back to spend a few more nights.

Stayed December 2015, travelled with family

Aryana D from Lusaka

Musangano is the place to stay

From the time you check in and they show you to your room you know you are in good hands. The place has the ambience of a home away from home. Each of the Lodges is very private and once had a party of 8 over the weekend and we had a blast. The place is very secure. Watching the sunset from Musangano is very therapeutic, and I would drive from wherever I was to go back to the Lodge and watch the sunset while liquidating a cold Zambezi. Make sure you don't breakfast that is the best part to get you going in the morning. Why would anyone stay anywhere else? Musangano is the place you can stay, work and play.
Oakville, Canada, 2011

Incredible Destination!!!

We recently went to Musangano over New Year and had the most incredible time while we were there, the Lodge we stayed in was stunning (Mupembere), the staff were friendly and efficient and were always happy to help us where needed!!! As an agent, I am so impressed by Musangano, we will definitely be back and I will be sending many of my clients to you!!
Thank you for an amazing holiday!!!

Harare, Zimbabwe

reviewed January 4, 2012

Great Place for Professional People to Spend time refreshing their minds

Great Place, good views, well located about 30km out of Mutare, deep in mother nature. Very private lodges, mind refreshing scenery, great service, very comfortable and well maintained rooms, clean, good quality food, lovely pool area. Walking trails and cycle tracks, bird viewing, clean camping site available. Stayed August 2015, travelled as a couple



Amazing place...stayed in Mukwa Lodge which had a beautiful view from the balcony..quiet and serene and has the most friendliest of staff..I would like to give a special thanks to Bright which made it all happen!would most definitely recommend this place to friends and looking forward to another stay.

Stayed in October 2015 on honeymoon

Safeer Suleman


Such a welcoming
yet secluded environment

Beautiful, spacious, well-equipped lodges with personable staff and some lovely walks in the vicinity. Very kid friendly with a pool and playground. Very good food in PuMuchataka Restaurant on the grounds if you need a break from self-catering

Stayed July 2015, travelled with family

JayPie 67
from Vancouver Canada

Peaceful, serene and at one with nature and the surrounds

One of the most peaceful, simple and qualitative places I know. The design of the facility is truly African and yet the finesse and finish is truly modern and world class. The service is matched by few other resorts and the restaurant serves quality flavourful food. I recommend this facility for conference and for family relaxation and personal retreat...especially personal quiet time to work or relax.

Tino Bere
Harare, Zimbabwe

reviewed February 24, 2011

Amazing Lodge (I)

We had a one night stay over ay Musangano Lodge in Zimbabwe. It was absolutely amazing!! We arrived late at night and they were done for the night, but they woke up and came to meet us with a smile even. They were so kind. The family lodge with three bedrooms and full kitchen and living area was so great. It was clean, comfortable, beautifully decorated. I can't say enough about how wonderful it was. [...]

Stayed October 2015, travelled with family

JDB7 from Seattle

Amazing Lodge (II)

[...] The next morning we woke up and were shocked at the beautiful view we had of the valley right off the cool front patio. We sat there and just took it all in, it was spectacular. We ate at the restaurant they had there and loved it! It's beautiful and the food was wonderful. We checked out and the front desk people were so kind and friendly and really wanted to make sure we had a good time! It was definitely a five star rating lodge! I would very highly recommend this lodge!

Stayed October 2015, travelled with family

JDB7 from Seattle
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