Category Archives: Musings

Spring is in the Air in Vumba

The beginning of September brought some early rains to keep the forests green and moist followed by warmer days and nights.

Visitors from mainly Harare in the first week of September kept the Lodge busy at the end of school holidays as were most hotels and cottages in the Vumba area.

Visitors at Lodge and in  Madrugada Forest this week


Visitors at view Point

Busy August Long Weekend at Madrugada

The August long weekend brought a hive of activity in the Bvumba area with holiday makers poaring in,mainly from Harare to have a relaxing few days away from the hectic city lifestyle.

Madrugada like most Hotels,Lodges and cottages was fully booked till Tuesday 12th August.

Visitors were taken on forest walks plus trips to the mystical Chinamata waterfall not far from the Lodge.

Visitors enjoying Chinamata Falls

Guests at Bvumba View Point

Magical Sunrise at Madrugada

Winter arrives at Madrugada

Vumba has experienced  a very mild winter this year,however on 16th July 2019 temperatures dropped dramatically and a cold spell set in.In the day time it warmed up to around 21 degrees Celsius  with clear skies and glorious sunshine.

Madrugada has had a busy month so far in July ,with guests from as far afield as Denmark visiting the Lodge .

Visitors to Madrugada


Visitors in Madrugada Forest


Sunrise from the Lodge on 5th July 2019

Chinamata Waterfall near Madrugada after the Cyclone


Magical Sunrise at Madrugada

A quite May at Madrugada

With the onset of winter Madrugada Lodge had a quite May ,however did receive External visitors from Italy and Mozambique.

The beginning of winter brought with it magical sunrises which the guests were able to enjoy and experience:

Magical Fig Tree in Madrugada Forest


Chinamata Falls

Sunrise at Madrugada

Bumper Easter for Madrugada Lodge

April 2019 and the Easter holiday period was extremely busy for Madrugada Lodge and most Hotels and Lodges in the Vumba were fully booked over the Easter weekend.

Madrugada  also hosted a group of artists from Harare who did a film and video foto shoot on site and also at  a nearby waterfall:

Preparing for shoot at Chinamata waterfall

Model at Waterfall

Model posing at Waterfall

Waterfall in flood


Model in Pool below Waterfall near Madrugada Lodge

Visitor at Zomwe Falls

Cyclone Idai Strikes the Vumba

On Friday evening 15th March 2019 Cyclone Idai which originated off the Mozambique coastline hit the Vumba mountains and Madrugada Lodge surrounding area was badly effected by the havoc and devastion caused.

Cyclone Idai Strikes Vumba


Cyclone Idai Destruction

Destruction Of Dam wall by Cyclone Dam destroyed by Cyclone


Waterfall near Madrugada Lodge

Ecelcior Falls near Madrugada Lodge

A Quite March at Madrugada

March 2019 has been relatively quite for bookings at Madrugada.
However a young group visited last week end and were taken on a tour to the nearby waterfalls where they a lot of fun.


Visitors at Prince of Wales View


Visitors Near Leopard Rock


Visitors at Chinamata Falls


Visitors having fun at Nearby Falls

Excelcior Falls



Wild Ginger Flower in Madrugada Forest