Visitors to Chimanimani can be described as being hugely varied but invariably interesting, as well as active people. Now that the rains have stopped they are out exploring in 4×4’s or stepping off a mini-bus, ragged and courageous. Some drive in with diplomatic plates and energetic kids, others for a romantic weekend. Almost all have a sense of adventure.
Active and independent minded people, some bring good books and their dog, some carry binoculars and bird books, some are loaded with braai packs, beers and good friends – almost all have a camera and a back pack of some description.
And when they reach Chimanimani there is plenty to do. Hiking in the mountains is the main course but the side dishes on offer are unlimited.
Just recently we had Helene and Chris (he from Oz, she from France) who camped for a week, taking our animals walking every day. Unfazed by getting lost on day 1 – Helene flagged down a mini bus, all dogs on board while Chris sat in the bush with a very miffed little black cat. We have seen many things at Frog & Fern…but never our pack arriving in the dark by mini bus!
Half an hour later we rescued Chris and Benji and everyone settled down to a good sleep after a walk to remember!
Many folks wish to meet some young Zimbabweans and a few days before Chris and Helene, were Kurt and Allison (from Canada). They played a round of golf with Cyclone, Tim and Bright of Matsetso Youth Club – Kurt said it was the most enjoyable 18 holes he has ever played!
And he was amazed at the quality of their golf.
Kurt and Allison then took the time to open a small window for the children to learn something of the lives of Canadians – showing them photos of the snow and the “fall leaves”, spring time, boats at the harbour, their family, their home in Vancouver and so much more. It was a very special day to be in Chimanimani.