Welcome to thethoughtfultraveller.com’s Zimbabwe accommodation series!
Thanks to the wonderful Sikeleli Safaris, this lucky blogger has gained an exclusive insight into the best safari camps, lodges and hotels that the country has to offer.
Having covered Hwange National Park and Victoria Falls highlights, it’s time for a gem in Harare…
Zimbabwe’s capital seems, at first, to possess little that recommends itself to the typical tourist. It tops many ‘worst liveability’ city indexes and has experienced more than its fair share of economic and political turmoil.
That being said, Harare is worth more than a quick stopover en-route to safari. Cleaner and safer than many African cities, there’s a burgeoning arts scene, boutique shopping and wildlife sanctuary. And that’s just for starters.
There’s also tree-lined wide avenues in abundance, nowhere more so than in the upmarket suburb where the lovely B&B, Ridgeway House, is nestled.
The colonial-style guest house has 5 en-suites that cater usually to business people and tourists eager to head into Zimbabwe’s game-filled national parks. (African safari specialists Sikeleli Safaris will be happy to arrange this around a custom-made itinerary.)
I hope in the future, as the currency’s stabilisation continues and the country’s prosperity increases, that guests will luxuriate in guest houses like these for longer than a night.
Because Ridgeway House is oh so pleasant.
The house is in the city’s outskirts and surrounded by stately Msasa trees, meaning that your stay is a perfectly peaceful, secluded one.
And the decor is super tasteful, thanks to owner Sam Dunlop’s talented touch. Along with the sweet as pie maid and chef, she makes you feel immediately at home.
Each of the five bedrooms are furnished differently, making them feel nicely unique.
And all come with surprisingly speedy Wi-Fi, flat screen TVs and facilities to make hot drinks.
It’s likely that a stay at Ridgeway will entail most time being spent in the house’s gorgeous grounds (and pool).
The fact they often hold host to weddings and similar events is an indication of how attractive they are.
Food-wise, you’ll be spoilt for choice.
Not only is a fantastic continental and full English breakfast served between 6 and 10am every morning, but the chef, Patrick, is on standby if you fancy dinner as well.
But if you do fancy venturing further afield, there’s so many great options for food and drink.
Amanzi is the go-to recommendation for quality dining nearby, whilst Victoria 22 is a popular, upmarket choice.
My personal favourite is Bell’s Coffee in the Willowmead complex – a cutesy cafe by day and a tapas-serving, live music-playing venue by night.
In terms of nightlife, The Tin Roof is a lively and packed with locals, and The Jam Tree caters more to the expat crowd.
Wherever you go, you’ll be sure that coming home to Ridgeway House will greet your return with nothing but charm and grace.
To book Ridgeway House please visit Sikeleli Safari’s website or email firstname.lastname@example.org.