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Reviewed 9 February 2016

The location and views are fantastic :looking out from the mountain tops over Mozambique. The Inn on the Vumba is straight out of the colonial heritage with faithful retainers and solid and comfortable decor and furniture. Like a comfortable pair of slippers it is relaxing and homely. A great place to stay for a few days. We look forward to going back.

  • Stayed: February 2016, travelled as a couple
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InnsofZimbabwe, Owner at Inn on the Vumba, responded to this reviewResponded 22 February 2016

Thank you for your lovely review of our country retreat , Inn on the Vumba and delighted you enjoyed your stay with us .

Thank you for your support and friendship of the Inn(s) ,

Kindest regards ,

Gordon Addams
Inns of Zimbabwe

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Reviewed 9 January 2016

The Inn on the Vumba is situated in the beautiful Bvumba Mountains and offers older style budget accommodation. For visitors in that market I would recommend it as a place to stay. It is very much of a 60s / 70s type of property and is quite tired and this is reflected in the furnishings. Having said that, you pay for what you get and we found the rooms to be perfectly comfortable. The linen was fresh and there was plenty of hot water. The Eastern Highlands boasts some really beautiful hotels but regrettably due to a lack of tourism and hence lack of investment many are run down but they continue to deliver an acceptable product.

The staff at Inn on the Vumba were very welcoming and the food was of a good standard and reasonably priced.
Situated on a mountain-top overlooking a valley that is the border between Zimbabwe and Mozambique, Inn on the Vumba is only 10 minutes’ drive from the city of Mutare. It is also easily accessible to visitors travelling to the Chimanimani Mountains, Hot Springs, Great Zimbabwe and the South-East Lowveld, as well as for travellers passing to and from Mozambique.
The Inn offers four 2-bedroomed cottages as well as 18 rooms in two blocks reaching north and south of the central area. The central area consists of two lounges, a restaurant and a cocktail bar. There is also a swimming pool in the garden.
Zimbabwe has a diverse range of offerings for the tourist and the Eastern Highlands really is a place that I would recommend highly. The Eastern Highlands embraces Juliasdale, Nyanga, Melsetter, Chimanimani and the Vumba and the area boasts numerous magnificent mountainous granite formations and wonderful forests and is renowned for its beauty.

The area is distinctly cooler than the rest of the country and offers a very different range of activities. Only two to three hours from Harare, the Eastern Highlands is a popular destination for walkers, birders, trout fishermen and golfers. The golf course at Leopard Rock in the Vumba, about a fifteen minute drive from Inn on the Vumba, boasts, what can only be described as one of the most unique and picturesque golf courses anywhere in Africa. The views throughout the Eastern Highlands are magnificent and close by is the colourful Bvumba Botanic Gardens, the Cecil Kop Nature Reserve and La Rochelle Gardens. Well worth a visit.

Visitors to the Eastern part of the country in June to August will be exposed to a kaleidoscope of colour as the leaves of the indigenous Msasa trees transform and develop through a variety of reds, yellows, maroons, golds, browns, oranges, and greens over a few weeks. A wonderful sight to behold and photograph.

It really is a peaceful and very beautiful region to visit, the only drawback being the roads. If you are driving on the main road directly from Harare to Mutare and into the Vumba the roads are generally fine. If you are heading into the Eastern Highlands via Juliasdale you take the turnoff at Rusape and from then on the road is variable progressing to bad with some very significant pot holes so you have to have your wits about you. Many of the pot holes may be in shadow so are not always easy to see. I recommend using a 4WD.

Sean Kelly

  • Stayed: July 2015, travelled with friends
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InnsofZimbabwe, Owner at Inn on the Vumba, responded to this reviewResponded 11 January 2016

Thank you for your review of our country retreat , Inn on the Vumba .

We appreciate your support and valued observations of your stay and information provided herein as it will encourage more visitors to holiday in the Eastern Highlands .

You will be pleased to note that the Bvumba road is under repair which will be welcomed by self drive tourists .

Thanks again ,

Gordon Addams
Inns of Zimbabwe

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Reviewed 15 December 2015 via mobile

We stayed at the Inn on the Vumba for four days after hearing it was linked to Inn on the Rupara in Nyanga where we previously stayed & loved, and after reading some great reviews on here.
Inn on the Vumba cost us just under $190 per night per room. The Inn has some positive aspects but is perhaps a bit expensive considering the areas in need of improvement. We felt given what we spent we expected better and it did dampen our holiday slightly.

Our first room was next to a toilet (not referring to the room's ensuite) which gave our room a weird smell. The room itself was dingy (both rooms actually), furniture and textiles outdated and the carpets need to be cleaned.
The receptionist was kind enough to move us to another room though when we asked which was a lot brighter but also in need of a clean (particularly the carpets & bathroom), the bedsheets were stained, the sole wall plug in the room didn't work meaning we had to use a plug in the common area to charge cameras & phones during dinner/breakfast. The light bulb above the sink wouldn't work (when we reported it, the bulb was simply taken away). On our last night when I went to close the curtain the entire curtain collapsed in me - I swear it was the usual amount of force used to close a curtain!

The dinner menu chsnged slightly each evening giving some variation which was appreciated. The fish was fantastic but the meat and chicken dishes were not great and the recipes need to be reviewed. The desserts are also in need of a review....even fruit or a fruit salad or something simple like that would work. Cleanliness is really a big thing that needs to be addressed - we were seated at the same table for each meal and found fish bones and other crumbs etc from our previous meals the next time we sat. It was slightly off putting!

The hotel overlooks some beautiful views where you can sit and enjoy a drink. Unfortunately, our tea pots had recent tea stains all down the side and the cups were heavily stained. I must admit we ended up focusing on that rather than relaxing to the views.

We absolutely loved Vumba and it was our first time properly exploring the area so we were quite disappointed that the hotel left such a bitter taste in our mouth. The staff are really sweet and very nice, it's just that the hotel needs some attention especially considering it's not really budget prices.

Stayed: December 2015, travelled with family
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InnsofZimbabwe, Owner at Inn on the Vumba, responded to this reviewResponded 17 December 2015

Thank you for your constructive comments on your recent stay at our country retreat , Inn on the Vumba and will surely take up the issues raised in our quest to maintain and improve standards of the Inn(s) .
Here's wishing you a blessed Christmas and all the best for 2016 .
Kind regards ,

Gordon Addams
Inns of Zimbabwe

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Reviewed 12 September 2015 via mobile

Such a lovely hotel, great staff going the extra mile!! Could not belive how reasonable the prices are and what you get for it!! The Road to Mutare is perfect and completely re done. For a city break I would suggest it with only a 3 hour drive.

We will be back!!

Stayed: September 2015, travelled with friends
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InnsofZimbabwe, Owner at Inn on the Vumba, responded to this reviewResponded 15 September 2015

Thank you for you lovely review our country retreat , Inn on the Vumba .
The new road from Harare to Mutare makes such a difference to travelling time and has been welcomed by many motorists on this route .
We look forward to your return in the near future ,

Kindest regards ,

Gordon Addams
Inns of Zimbabwe

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Reviewed 15 February 2015 via mobile

Stayed here over Valentine's weekend. It has old charm, the staff is friendly and attentive. The food is satisfactory. However, I think a bit of upgrading is needed. The carpets were musty and we had to move rooms. At night we could hear rats in the ceiling. I really think this otherwise very good hotel is being let down by a lack of investment in crucial amenities. The garden and pool are not as good as they were 17 years ago when I last visited.

Stayed: February 2015, travelled as a couple
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InnsofZimbabwe, Owner at Inn on the Vumba, responded to this reviewResponded 18 February 2015

Thank you for your valued comments in respect to your recent stay with us at our country retreat , Inn on the Vumba .
We thank you for your support and friendship of the Inn(s) .
Kind regards ,

Gordon Addams
Inns of Zimbabwe

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