Inn On Rupurara, Nyanga
Easy Booking at Armadillo Travel Avondale
A ONE-STOP shop to purchase or renew your Innsider Card and pay your deposit with safe parking at the back of the complex.
Call Anthea or Boniface
(04) 302261 / 7
Cell 0912 430 801
Inn On The Vumba, Bvumba
Mutare (020) 60722 / 67449 / 62434
Cell 011 215 127
Pine Tree Inn
Juliasdale (029) 2388 / 3133 / 3184
Cell 011 865 882
Inn On Great Zimbabwe
(039) 264879 / 265083 / 261766
Cell 011 410 633 / 011 218 440
Inn On Louis Trichardt
South Africa (15) 5177020 / 88
Cell 082 901 2370
Co-ordinating Zimbabwe
Reservations Office for all Inns and Affiliates
11 Kildare Rd, Hillside Bulawayo
(09) 243064 / 242298
E-mail and
INNSIDER BENEFIT CARDS can be purchased or renewed from the following designated places during usual working hours.
Week days: 9.00 am to 4.00 pm
Aquarius Public Relations
Brand Building, Glen Roy Crescent, Highlands
Telephone (04) 443289 / 91
Armadillo Travel
Central reservations for all units of Inns of Zimbabwe Cambitzis Building above Zimbank, Avondale
Telephone (04) 302261 / 7
Hotel Rio
Telephone (09) 281384 / 5
Coordinating Zimbabwe
Reservations Office for all Inns and Affiliates
11 Kildare Rd, Hillside
(09) 243064 / 242298
You can use your INNSIDER BENEFIT CARD to obtain a 20% discount on accommodation at "Friends of the Inns", our affiliate hotels countrywide, listed below

Adrienne's Restaurant (04) 335602
(Please quote your card number when making a reservation to qualify for the discount. Maximum party of 6)
The Bronte Hotel (04) 707522
Wild Geese Lodge
+263 4 860466 / 860275
+263 4 2930379 / 2917977-9
Fax +263 4 860276
Natureways Safaris
Featuring Odyssey Safaris and Explorer Safaris
+(263) (04) 744159 / 744133 / 2916907
Cell 0912412993
Sales and Marketing
Hayley Idensohn
Hotel Rio (09) 281384 / 5
Camp Amalinda (09) 243954
River Lodges of Africa:
Senuko, Chilo and Mahenye
Booking Agent
Armadillo Travel (04) 302261
Tiger Safaris (0637) 633 / 785
Antelope Game Park
(054) 250374 / 251949 / 251923 / 251913
Fax (054) 251949
Email and
The Hide (04) 498545 / 498560
Spurwing Island
(061) 2466 / 2269
Cell 011416125
Skype Spurwing Island
Email and
Please Note: Our phone lines have been down since November and we can’t see them coming back any time soon!
Chengeta Safari Lodge
+263 628 44101 / 5
Tel/Fax 263 628 44100 / 2
Fixed Mobile
263 912 573 022 / 263 912 568 832
Email and
Ilala Lodge (013) 44223 44737 / 9
Esperanza Guest House
+(27)( 21) 4622451 / 2
Casa Rex Vilankulo
+ 258 293 82048
White Horse Inn
(263)(20) 60325 / 60138 / 60146
Cell 011404475
Leopard Rock Hotel
(263)(20) 60198 / 60177 / 60714
Fax (263)(20) 61165

Note: All City and Town Lodges throughout South Africa offer 50% discount on accommodation, subject to availability of rooms.

Discount only given to Zimbabweans residents (proof of identification may be requested).

Advance bookings advisable.
City and Town Lodge Group, Head Office

Dear Innsiders

Visitors to Zimbabwe and travel trade personalities from around the world have been calling Inns of Zimbabwe and other tourism operators to find out whether it is safe and desirable to visit the country in the light of growing international coverage of the political and economic problems of the country. In response to these calls, Inns of Zimbabwe has given reassurances that all visitors to the Inns group continue to receive a warm and friendly welcome by all Zimbabweans, who are delighted they continue to visit the country.

Tourism is of major importance to the country, especially to the many ordinary Zimbabweans and their families who depend on this sector for their living. Tourists can continue to visit the country in the knowledge that they are helping these people and that they are assured of a safe and enjoyable visit while here. If this position were to change, visitors can be sure that local tourism operators would advise them accordingly.

Inns of Zimbabwe looks forward to welcoming all visitors, whether local or foreign, to the Inns, now and in the future.
Inns of Zimbabwe's Golf circuit has increased its membership with the introduction of two new affiliates, Gowrie Farm and The Lodge at Prince's Grant in South Africa. Visit their websites at and

Innsider Benefit Cardholders will enjoy a 20% discount on accommodation at these prestige golfing resorts which complement other venues in and around South Africa - namely Courtyard, City and Town Lodge group, Esperanza Guest Lodge, Cape Town and Nalenge Lodge, Phalaborwa - see contact details.

Pine Tree InnWith a major cable fault in the area, our bed and breakfast Pine Tree Inn has been with out phones for a month now.

The Inn is open for business as usual and looks forward to welcoming guests visiting the resort area of Nyanga.

Please book through Inn on the Vumba and they will gladly pass on your request. Tel: (020) 60722/67449 or Email :

Innsider Travel Expo 2007INNSIDER TRAVEL EXPO '08

Diarise the 3rd and 4th October 2008

This will be our 3rd Expo at the Wild Geese Lodge in Harare, and promises to be the best Travel Show here INN Zimbabwe!

Interested parties wishing to exhibit at this gala event should contact Maureen Good on


On 24 May 2008, my wife Penny and I saw 4 Black-faced Swee Waxbill - Coccopygia melanotis - at Inn on the Rupurara, Juliasdale  (QDS 1832B3). The South African Bird Atlas Project says they were not recorded for this country during atlassing and Michael Irwin wrote "I regard this as one of the most extraordinary and abiding mysteries of Zimbabwean ornithology".

The first record was from Absent Farm in the Matopos (QDS 2028C1) about 50 years ago.  From the 87/88 years there were two sightings in Juliasdale, one at Nyangombe Falls.  In 1984 it was reported at the Haroni-Lusitu River Junction (QDS 2033A1) and in the 1970's it was reported from Great Zimbabwe (QDS 2030B3) and Mount Buchwa (QDS 2030C2), so from the literature we have 8 records in 50 years.

Much of the literature confuses the Black-faced Swee Waxbill with the East African Swee - Coccopygia quartinia - but Birds of Africa Vol. 7 seem to have got it right and now call the East African Swee the Yellow-bellied Waxbill.

How does such a rare bird maintain itself in such isolated pockets or don't we look hard enough?  Consider how the Cape Eagle Owl - Bubo capensis mackinderi - escaped our notice for years in the big granite boulder country which seems to be both birds' common habitat.  It could be argued that Juliasdale, Mount Buchwa and Haroni-Lusitu River Junction are relatively unknown, but Great Zimbabwe and the Matopos have been tramped over by many people, particularly bird watchers.

David Rockingham-Gill ( )
INN CONFERENCE WINTER SPECIAL - Valid for May, June and July 2008

Attention all conference coordinators !

For every 5 delegates holding a conference or seminar at any one of our Inns, one will enjoy FREE accommodation!
  • Inn on Rupurara
  • Pine Tree Inn
  • Inn on the Vumba *
  • Inn on Great Zimbabwe
  • Inn on Louis Trichardt
The delegate(s) staying free only pay for meals, drinks and extras. Please book with the Inn of your choice.

* Inn on the Vumba - whilst the Inn does not have conference facilities, delegates staying at this Inn whilst meeting at another venue in and around Mutare, will still enjoy this special offer.
Inn on Louis Trichardt
Stay 2 nights and enjoy a 3rd night's accommodation , FREE ! **
A wonderful offer to allow those Innsider cardholders shopping in South Africa an extra night to shop , till they drop !.
** Applicable to valid cardholders on full tariff rate, only.

All rates are now Bed and Breakfast for the Inns within Zimbabwe.*
* Inn on Rupurara - rate includes bed and breakfast and activities.

Innsider Cardholders wishing to book through a Travel Agent will enjoy a 10% discount on accommodation .

Innsider Cards - Application forms are required to be filled in on renewal as address details change during the course of the year.

Card sales - please phone our outlets before visiting them as power cuts see phones down and also lamination of cards cannot be done during loadshedding

We have introduced a US$ rate throughout the Group as a result of requests from a number of international travellers. This will assist in the smooth and efficient settling of bills for our foreign guests. Rates in US$ are available on request for all our Inns with a Bed Only rate being available at our three Country Retreats - Pine Tree Inn, Inn on the vumba and Inn on Great Zimbabwe.

In accordance with Reserve Bank of Zimbabwe Regulations, every guest, when checking in at any one of our Inns in Zimbabwe, must produce any one of the following :
  • Zimbabwe ID
  • Zimbabwe Passport
  • Diplomatic ID
  • Temporary Employment Permit
  • Temporary Residence Permit or a letter from the Reserve Bank exempting them from settling their accommodation / hotel bill in foreign currency
Failure to produce one of these will require that the account be settled in foreign currency. Thank you for your understanding and support in this regard.

Please note that our rates are subject to change without notice.


Nalenge Lodge is a self-catering lodge set on the Hans Merensky Golf Estate in Phalaborwa, South Africa and borders the Kruger National Park. Facilities include golf course and game park. 10% discount on accommodation to valid InnSider Cardholders. Please contact Jenny Uys for further details.

Cellphone: 0728259420
Home Phone: 015 7810349

You must be INN to qualify for the abovementioned specials
Dining rooms within the Inns of Zimbabwe group are now all non-smoking areas, in keeping with international trends in this regard. People who are enjoying meals in the dining rooms are encouraged to pop outside to smoke if they wish to do so. Over recent years increased numbers of non-smoking guests have been recorded at the various Inns and the decision to follow the trend from all over the world was made with the best interests of all diners in mind.
Inns of Zimbabwe's website, designed by Sue McLaren, was named runner-up in the Best Website section of the 2006 Ngoma Awards, the annual awards competition for the advertising communications industry in Zimbabwe. YoAfrica's website was named winner. To see Inns of Zimbabwe's award-winning site, log onto

Our website gives you a detailed INNsight into each of our units and also links you to our affiliates, " Friends of the Inns", in planning your holiday within Zimbabwe and for Zimbabweans wishing to holiday in South Africa, too.
For more details on any one of our Inns and affiliates here in Zimbabwe and South Africa, contact me on

Please view our updated website

We look forward to your continued support for the Inns and our affiliates on your travels INN and around Zimbabwe and South Africa.

Please note that I will be available most week days from 12.00 pm to 4.00 pm at:
Merctrust Real Estate (Pvt) Ltd, Shop 42 Arundel Village, Quorn Ave, Mount Pleasant. Harare
P O Box MT 157
Telephone: (04) 369681 / 3 / 4
Fax: (04) 369685

Wishing you safe travel and happy times with us.

Yours INN travel,

Maureen Good
Inns of Zimbabwe