About

Frog & Fern logo Frog & Fern Cottages are set in the village once known as Melsetter at the foot of the Chimanimani Mountains. They are 18km  from CMNP Base Camp, 3km from Bridal Veil Falls and share a common boundary with the Eland Sanctuary. This location is perfect for walking locally or for getting prepared for a serious hike into the Chimanimani Mountains. Our GPS Co-ordinates are: S19* 48mins 21,1sec  E32* 51mins 32,6secs. Frog & Fern provides quality self catering accommodation in 3  stone, thatch and wood cottages housing a maximum of twelve people at any one time.

Miombo Cottage

Miombo Cottage is a stone, double storey rondawel which sleeps up to six people. It has a double en suite downstairs and four single beds, dorm style,  upstairs. There are two bathrooms, sunken lounge open plan kitchen and central jetmaster fireplaces. It is ideal family accommodation with Mom and Dad sleeping in the double downstairs and youngsters (over 5yrs) upstairs. This cottage has a minimum charge (4 pax) if booking in advance.

Msasa Cottage Verandah

Msasa Cottage sleeps up to three people in an open plan room with one double bed and one single and is suitable for honeymoon couples or couples with one young child. Msasa Cottage has bath only, no shower. It has a large patio area overlooking the garden.

Mzanje Cabin

Mzanje Cabin is a new addition to Frog & Fern and sleeps one couple – but has two single extra beds in the lounge if you need to squeeze in a third person or children. The bedroom has a large double bed with en suite shower. There is a  jetmaster fireplace in the lounge. Mzanje is a small, cabin like cottage with one toilet and shower.

Mzanje Cabin

Each  cottage has a fully equipped kitchen and warm ambiance. Even the wall space is designed to encourage you to steady yourself and contemplate the wonder of this place called Chimanimani. Hanging in every cottage original art works by well known and loved local artists including Martin van der Spuy and Craig Bone tempt you to browse slowly, wind down and enjoy your stay. Click on the title “Accommodation” above to see the interior and bedrooms.

The Frog & Fern Cottages are owned and run by Jane and Dee who designed them and started the project in 1990. Born in Zimbabwe, Jane and Dee have themselves travelled extensively and are therefore sensitive to visitor’s needs.  As conditions change rapidly in Zimbabwe, you will find them happy to give you current information to assist with your journey and to make your stay as comfortable as possible. Whether you are heading to Chimanimani from Mozambique, Harare, Beit Bridge or Bulawayo be assured of arriving to beautiful surroundings, the challenge of these mystical mountains  and a  genuinely warm welcome.

Cool waters of Chimanimani