Category Archives: Things to do in Chimanimani

Remember “Solvitur ambulando” for 2017.

A Black cuckoo mournfully sang “I’m soooo sad” –  competing with  the buoyant, lively trilling of a pair of Paradise Flycatchers.  A fresh breeze, scudding clouds. Sunshine, green, green Msasa and the squelch of a ripe Mzanje underfoot.  You had … Continue reading

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Wait for the call….

September brings the spectacle of nature known to Zimbabweans as “Msasa time”. For a couple of weeks those of us still lucky enough to be surrounded with Brachystegia Woodland revel in the astounding colours of  emerging leaves. And as the … Continue reading

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The patience of a scientist

How lucky were we, at Frog & Fern this August? Hailing from Belgium and staying in Mzanje cottage for ten days with his wife and teenage daughter was marine biologist Hans Hillewaert. One could not help but appreciate this special … Continue reading

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Visitors of every variety in 2015

Chimanimani in May is always something special. Our wild proteas and delicate tree orchids start to bloom, the skies are a vivid blue behind the mountains which rise in crisp definition above our village. This month is well ahead of … Continue reading

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Don’t dress up Mum!

As I enjoy a morning coffee my nearest neighbour sits quietly observing me.  She tilts her head and stares at me, unblinking. We share a moment  looking at each other –  She seems unmoved.  Rather like me she appears solidly … Continue reading

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Where will your road lead you?

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 … Continue reading

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Take a walk in May.

Walking, riding or taking the dogs out for a run – There is NO place like this. Aloes are in flower as well as the everlastings. Wherever  you go you are met with astounding beauty. The walking you choose to … Continue reading

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Does your Medical Aid cover a helicopter rescue?

Our back fence adjoins a National Park and there are many walks in and around Frog & Fern Cottage – Bridal Veil Falls, Pork Pie and Greenmount –  all of them will get your heart rate up. There are in … Continue reading

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March marched in…

March  15th 2014 saw a ” Global March for Lions” in 36 cities all over the world bringing attention to the critical threat to lions posed by the lion bone trade, canned hunting and trophy hunting. Here in Chimanimani  the … Continue reading

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Relax…and walk.

The best kind of holiday sends you back to the office feeling mentally sharp and physically fitter.  Where to go to achieve this on a budget? I used to enjoy lying on a beach reading a book and then jumping … Continue reading

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