April Newsletter 2021

Greetings to you our valuable readers, here is hoping March was a fruitful month. We are excited that Easter is finally here. If you haven’t made any travel plans sit tight we have a number of great specials we have been itching to share with you. It’s always our pleasure to help you find the perfect vacation destination for you and your family. There were number of positive developments in the industry so we will also let you in on some of the news. Let’s find out what to look forward to this month. 

News and Tips 
Covid-19 has turned the world upside down and every individual hopes we can put this pandemic behind us. Talk of vaccinations has been a glimmer of hope that someday we can have some degree of normalcy. Zimbabwe has joined many other countries that have started Vaccination campaigns. The initial phase was launched in February, and in a positive move the second phase of the Vaccination programme was launched in the resort of Victoria Falls on the 24th of March. The Head of State, His Excellency E.D Mnangagwa graced the occasion and he also received his own jab on this day. The government has made the vaccine available to all residents of Victoria Falls in order to ‘pave way for the resumption of unlimited tourism activities...’ This comes from a statement made by the President in his address to launch the campaign.

A number of Tourism players have welcomed the move and several corporates such as African Sun, and Shearwater have led by example as their teams were also seen lining up for vaccination. The vaccination rollout is a good move and we hope it instils confidence in potential visitors from beyond our borders that Zimbabwe is a safe destination. As we anticipate our tourism numbers to go up again we are so pleased to inform you that on the 13th of May 2021 British Airways will be resuming flights to Victoria Falls. They will be starting with two flights per week (on Thursdays and Sundays) between Johannesburg and Victoria Falls. Flights will be scaled up to a daily basis in June 2021. 

All we can say is Zimbabwe is open and ready to receive guests. There are other airlines already flying to Victoria Falls, as we are informed MackAir have also introduced scheduled flights between Kasane and Victoria Falls. This is new development as well. Fastjet flies three times a week between Johannesburg and Victoria Falls while Kenyan Airways and Ethiopian Airways also fly in regularly. 

The cabinet also gave the green light to restaurants to resume sit in services but at 50% capacity, they were also directed to continue to abide by Covid-19 regulations. This was a long time coming and we are glad we can now gather at our favourite eateries to dine and catch up. For all the Hararian foodies out there, be sure to check out the Organikks Patio at the Masawara Urban Retreat in Borrowdale. This trendy spot is excellent for drinks, lunch or breakfast. Get in touch with them on +263 782 785 777 to make your booking.

Hornbill Lodge in Kariba wold like to inform their valued clients that they will be closed over Easter as they are currently working on some exciting renovations. Any inconveniences are sincerely regretted. Chewore lodge will also be closed over Easter as well, this is because the camp is currently inaccessible due to the excessive rains received this year. 

The next time you are in Vic Falls be sure to look out for the Vic Falls Coffee Caravan, called ‘’5-star cravings’’ a drive through coffee experience that’s known to serve a really good cup of your favourite brew. The proprietor Loretta always serves her coffee with a smile and a friendly chat; so do pass through and give it a try. Find out more here.

Mbano Manor Hotel in Vic Falls are proud to announce that they are now offering regular Yoga classes. They will be hosting Kerri O’Fee five mornings a week for Yoga sessions and these are open to anyone (Hotel guests and non-guests) for US$8 per session. Bookings are essential as the activity’s capacity is limited due to Covid-19 regulations. No walk-ins will be accepted. 

We end the news update on a lighter note, there is an exciting new development in Victoria Falls. It’s the Bamba bus, it is a colourful quirky solution to getting round. The Bamba Bus is a Hop on and Hop off bus service that gives you quickly from point A to point B for less. For just US$10 a day you can connect from your lodge to the town centre, or the nearest restaurant or other places of interest. Watch this space for more information. 

African Sun Hotels have rolled out a unique road trip package for those who would like to visit Victoria Falls or Hwange during this Easter week. This promotion is valid from the 2nd to the 5th of April 2021. Guests will be staying at one of these African Sun Hotels, Elephant Hills Resort, the Kingdom Hotel in Victoria Falls or Hwange Safari Lodge from as little as US$341 per person for three nights, (N.B Terms and conditions apply). The package covers accommodation on Bed and breakfast basis, return transport and trip refreshments. This sizzling special is one of a kind, book early to avoid disappointment. Find out more information here. 

From Victoria Falls we head to Mana Pools. There is a Special for Zimbabwean residents that is running at Mana Pools Safari Lodge. For the first time ever a highly discounted full board offer pegged at US$175 Per person per night sharing. Please note this offer covers accommodation and meals, it is a self-drive promotion and guests are advised to bring their own drinks. Mana Pools is one of the most beautiful wilderness locations in the country. You just have to see it for yourself to believe it. 

For many other Travel specials and promotions please visit our Events page. For details or specials in specific locations get in touch with a consultant. The number   to call and enquire is +263 774 628261 or get in touch via email enquiries@myguidezimbabwe.com

Our featured destination this month is Nyanga, and we would like to focus on Far and Wide. Far and Wide is an adventure based outdoor team building centre which is located in the beautiful Eastern Highlands region of Nyanga. If you have not been to Nyanga there is no time like the present. Far and Wide offers accommodation for all budgets plus a variety of activities like Hiking, Mountain Biking, Birding, Nature walks etc. 
If you still need some more convincing that this could be your next adventure, take a look at this. Get in touch with us or more information about Far and Wide

Out and About
What a joy it is to finally share with you events on our Out and About section. If you have been longing to dress in your fancy clothes and have a good time, now is your chance. Yes, you are cordially invited to Afternoon High Tea at York Lodge on the 10th of April 2021 from 14:00hrs; tickets are going for US$55 per person. Kindly note there are limited spots so do make your booking early by sending an email to admin@yorklodge.co.zw

If you are spending some time in Victoria Falls over the Easter week Wild Horizons has got you covered, on the events side of things. The Lookout Café will be hosting a series of events, from the 2nd to the 4th of April 2021 they will be serving tea and an Easter special hot cross buns daily. On these days guests are advised there will be a 20% off Special on all High wire activities. On the 4th of April there will be a Special Easter Sunday lunch with a la carte menu. They will also host an Art of Africa Event, with Easter egg painting for the children and adults also get try their hand at painting the bridge. So its great fun for the whole family.

Final Note 
That’s all we had to share with you, we hope you will take it easy over Easter. Stop and smell the roses, make time for family, step out of your shell and live. Life is too short to stay home and remember ‘’Collect moments not things’’.
From all of us at My Guide Zimbabwe…. Stay safe.