It's A Small World Vumba Lodge

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#2 of 2 lodges in Mutare
3.3 of 5 bubbles
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4.3 of 5 bubbles
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Come and visit the beautiful area of Bvumba! We have king room, queen room, two rooms with shared bathroom and two family cottages. We are located close to Mutare. We offer free parking. We have a swimming pool, board games and cable tv. Come and relax at our outdoor terrace, have a drink at our bar or dine at our restaurant, which serves both Zimbabwean and European food.
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Arnold B wrote a review Jun 2022
Harare, Zimbabwe
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Whoever owns this place is a very lucky man, this place is however unlucky to be owned by its owner.

The job appears simple, you have a location to die for, perched on top of a mountain, glorious views in a stunning Eden like resort. Ever green lawns, beautiful orchids blooming on the grounds and stuff who are warm and friendly. Your simple task is to just maintain the property and you have yourself a gem. However, nature aside, no one is bothering making this place a little heaven on earth.

The facilities are falling apart. In frigid weather, no geyser was working and it was clear this had been the situation for a while. Water had to be heated outside with firewood and bathing was in buckets. There is literally no reception area, just a lounge with a ceiling ready to give up its ghost. The cottages have the benefit of the best location but they are at best very basic. Very thin material separates rooms, making them unideal for couples. some window panels are broken and no one has bothered to replace them. Some taps don't work and appear to have been sealed shut a long time ago. Wifi was only available in the lounge and the connection was very spoty.

This is a typical nightmare in paradise. That its budget accommodation is also not an excuse, if one is to compare the prices for cottages with prices charged by nearby budget lodges then there are definitely better and cheaper alternatives.
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Date of stay: June 2022
1.0 of 5 bubblesRooms
3.0 of 5 bubblesService
1.0 of 5 bubblesSleep Quality
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thabiso l wrote a review Jan 2022
3.0 of 5 bubbles
We loved the garden and view. The people were friendly. It's a budget accommodation with just enough to sleep and bath. Wasn't comfortable but it serves the function and saves money if you intend to spend money doing activities in Vumba. The food is excellent though. I loved the plating and the food selection for meals. I'd totally go back just to eat!
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Date of stay: December 2021Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Hanna S wrote a review Sept 2015
netherlands
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2.0 of 5 bubbles
We were the only visitors in this property and soon we found out why. We booked for the cottage which was located on top of the property. We tried to reach it by car but the road was that bad we gave up and brought our luggage up via the stairs.

The garden is beautiful and the view is stunning. I am afraid those were the only positive things I can remember.

Really everything inside the cottage was broken down or fell apart the moment we touched it. The electric socket was broken, the shower head fell of the wall and when I wanted to put my towel on the bar for the towel, also that one fell of the wall.

We had no electricity so they had to bring buckets of hot water from downstairs. We asked for some firewood and they came to bring this and immediately made a fire for us at the fireplace. We just wanted to leave so this was not a good idea. We tried to put out the fire and found out the carpet was already on fire!

As soon as the sun came up we couldn't wait to leave this place. When you paid 60 dollar a night for this place but even 10 dollar would have been to much.

Next time I would look out for a better place.
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Date of stay: July 2015
1.0 of 5 bubblesValue
4.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
2.0 of 5 bubblesService
Trip type: Travelled with friends
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Brittany E wrote a review Mar 2015
2.0 of 5 bubbles
We arrived here late in the afternoon to find we were the only people staying here and any food options were incredibly overpriced. We camped on the lawns for one night and did a few walks around the area. The views are spectacular and the house has the remnants of a previously grand place, but it was very run down and looked as though the block had been abandoned decades ago and left to fall apart. We had no hot water (or electricity for most of our time) which was bearable, but slightly disappointing, especially for the somewhat lofty price. We're really not at all fussy people but the place was just slightly weird and disappointing.

Luke (the hiking trail guide) was helpful, funny, and friendly and was willing to make up more trails to amuse us. It was slightly frustrating that the area was so picturesque and yet there were limited marked trails or options, though Luke took us on a very nice walk just above the lodge which had some more spectacular views over Mozambique and the ranges. The other staff were also very kind and welcoming.

However, overall we felt quite isolated, disappointed and would probably advise looking for another place to stay in the area (or alternatively even skipping the Bvumba Mountains completely and heading somewhere else such as the Chimanimani National Park). Perhaps the experience would have been different if you'd had access to a car and had stayed in one of the suites (which looked pretty nice from our 'tour'), but I feel if your budget was larger there'd be nicer places nearby worth looking at as well.
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Date of stay: January 2015
3.0 of 5 bubblesRooms
4.0 of 5 bubblesService
3.0 of 5 bubblesSleep Quality
Trip type: Travelled with friends
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Sezile M wrote a review Dec 2019
1.0 of 5 bubbles
The service we received was terrible. We arrived and were given a room which was filthy and smelling after paying more than the average for the area. They lied that they had TV in the room and WiFi.There was no power and they said they were resolving by switching on the generator or bringing candles. We had to call them to check only to be told they had left and gone home whilst we were waiting for over 40 minutes with no response.We would not recommend this place even on a budget.
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Date of stay: December 2019Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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b_kashan wrote a review Jan 2016
Iran
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Amazing, breathtaking scenery, clean and beautiful lodge. Although the camping was not mentioned but I camped in the fabulous ground with a great views. There is a camping ground and the dormitory for the budget travellers. The worker Enfielda (I think) made my stay very pleasent, she was very nice and polite. As a long term traveller I was looking for the relaxing and the beautiful place and this was the right place for me.
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Date of stay: January 2016
5.0 of 5 bubblesCleanliness
5.0 of 5 bubblesService
5.0 of 5 bubblesSleep Quality
Trip type: Travelled solo
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laraBrussels wrote a review May 2015
Overijse, Belgium
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Small World offers a beautiful view from the room and a well kept garden. The suite room in the main building was very large and looked ok but the cottages were not well maintained at all and rather shabby. Linen, however, was clean and the people were very friendly. Price (50 dollar) less than half of what we would have paid elsewhere in the more expensive hotels. Yet, it is still somewhat overpriced for a very run down and not clean accommodation (was as badly maintained as the family cottages at the entrance to the Zimbabwe Ruins which were about the same price). They can afford that negligence because other places charge more, but it is a pity. It would be courteous to the traveller to maintain the rooms. The price is the main reason why we decided to stay here. It was not possible to have food there. We chose for the (absolutely run down) cottage instead of the room in the main building because it was a bit higher up and offered more isolation. Even though there were no other guests, I could not imagine having a room next to the large dining hall and reception.
Staff was very friendly and tried to help us with anything we might need (there was a power cut and they brought a gas bottle and stove so that we could cook). They put on the log fire in our cottage for us in the evening (and practically smoked us out, lol).
The people were really very friendly and washed our car before we left in the morning.
No wifi.
Renovate the cottages, keep them clean and this place can be so cosy and could be really recommended.
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Date of stay: May 2015
3.0 of 5 bubblesRooms
5.0 of 5 bubblesService
4.0 of 5 bubblesSleep Quality
Trip type: Travelled as a couple
Room Tip: Well, one has to chose between the quiet and shabby (cottage) or better maintained and next to...
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MM wrote a review Feb 2015
Kampala
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Although the rates here are affordable, the place is in a neglectful and run down state. The service and food was average. Overall, I was not impressed and would look for alternative options for stay next time I am in Bvumba.
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Date of stay: April 2014
3.0 of 5 bubblesRooms
3.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
3.0 of 5 bubblesService
Trip type: Travelled with friends
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frydayuk wrote a review Jul 2014
High Wycombe, United Kingdom
4.0 of 5 bubbles
We camped for 4 nights, we fell in love with the lodge and the area. The lodge is set in quinessentially English gardens with amazing views over the Bvumba mountains. The lodge had self catering facilities which was handy as there were no supermarkets within 20k of the lodge. We were able to have hot showers every day, and had sole use of the big open fire in the grand living room. Only thing that could be improved in the lodge is more light bulbs and washing up liquid/clean cloths in the kitchen. The staff were great, especially Luke, who helped us with our bags and even cooked us a very tasty dinner :-) The location is good being close to Eden Lodge (45 minute walk) where you can eat and go horse riding. It is also not too far from the other excursions, such as Tony's cafe and Leopards Rock. Be warned without a car it is difficult to travel round, but not impossible. We did just fine hitch hiking, the people are very friendly!!
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Date of stay: July 2014
4.0 of 5 bubblesCleanliness
5.0 of 5 bubblesService
Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Melissa P wrote a review May 2018
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Staff super accomodating and friendly. Lovely grounds and warm open fire at night. Options for self cooking. There is a moderate/difficult hike to 3 lovely viewpoints of the region which i recommend (they guide), also lots of local monkeys in the trees which was a nice surprise for me. Nice for a relaxing few days when backpacking.
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Date of stay: May 2018Trip type: Travelled solo
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Answer from SmallWorld L
Harare, Zimbabwe4 contributions1 helpful vote
Our rooms rates range from US$35-45 per night, meals excluded. Cottages go for US$75/ night
Answer from SmallWorld L
Harare, Zimbabwe4 contributions1 helpful vote
Our rooms rates range from US$35-45 per night, meals excluded. Cottages go for US$75/ night. We can accommodate 9-10 couples at a go
Answer from moud r
how many couples can u accommodate at your place and the rates please
laraBrussels wrote a tip May 2015
Overijse, Belgium302 contributions157 helpful votes
3.0 of 5 bubbles
"Well, one has to chose between the quiet and shabby (cottage) or better maintained and next to the main hall (suite room)."
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Frequently Asked Questions about It's A Small World Vumba Lodge
Which popular attractions are close to It's A Small World Vumba Lodge?
Nearby attractions include Thetford Game Reserve (7.7 km), Sam Levy's Village (6.5 km), and National Botanical Gardens (4.2 km).
What are some of the property amenities at It's A Small World Vumba Lodge?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include a pool, an on-site restaurant, and a lounge.
What food & drink options are available at It's A Small World Vumba Lodge?
Guests can enjoy an on-site restaurant and a lounge during their stay.
What are some restaurants close to It's A Small World Vumba Lodge?
Conveniently located restaurants include Victoria 22, Coimbra, and Gava's.
Are there opportunities to exercise at It's A Small World Vumba Lodge?
Yes, guests have access to a pool during their stay.
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