After three months of very little rain (December to February) the threatening drought season came to an end with phenomenal heavy rains in March spilling over into April. There was a continuous period of three weeks where it rained every evening.
Rains rolling in
The mystical Madrugada forest has been restored to its lushness and magical beauty.
The Easter period saw a hive of activity in the Bvumba area and Madrugada was fully booked for the whole holiday period.
Guests were taken on a tour of four of the most spectacular waterfalls in the Madrugada area plus a visit to the beautiful Bvumba Botanical Gardens.
Zomwe Falls Minor
Zomwe Falls near source
The weekend after Easter was a hive of activity in the Bvumba with Leopard Rock being fully booked out by an Embassy group.
Madrugada hosted a yoga session at the Hotel and all participants had a great time.
In the month of February 2014 the heavens opened in the Bvumba and we experienced prolific rains with one of the wettest Februarys recorded in the last twenty years.
Raging river in Bvumba
Madrugada forest came alive with flowers, ferns, fungi, toadstools and mushrooms of all different colours and varieties.
The streams and rivers have been transformed into raging torrents – a sight for sore eyes and not to be missed.
Rivers flowing strongly after heavy rain
Our Wild Life & Environment (WEPU) walk on Saturday 22nd February took us to the base of Lion’s Head approaching from behind The White Horse Inn. We had a record attendance of nearly 40 people including a contingency of five students from Africa University. After two months of almost non-stop rains we were blessed on the Saturday of the WEPU walk, when the clouds temporary disappeared and blue skies were the order for the morning of the outing.
Experience Madrugada and Bvumba at its wettest and enjoy the montane lowland forest at its lushest and come and walk the little known forest trails that have now been established.
The exciting news of the month is a second Lodge has been completed at Madrugada and is ready for occupation. The two bedroomed cottage has breathtaking views of sunrises over Lake Chicamba in Mozambique.
View from new cottage
The wonderful December rains continued into the New Year and the first two weeks in January we were blessed with above average rainfall for this time of the year.
The second week of the month brought us a surprise mini cyclone and on Thursday 9th January all hell let loose with the main access road to the Bvumba from Mutare being blocked by fallen Pine, Eucalyptus and Wattle trees. The local residents quickly gathered together a chain saw gang workforce and by the end of the day they had managed to clear the larger culprits. The full force of the cyclone brought down a number of power lines and Madrugada remained without power for seven days.
Everything is now back to normal and we look forward to welcoming you to our spectacular views and comfy cottages.
The second weekend in December saw a hive of activity in the Bvumba area.
On Saturday 17th December the monthly Wepu (Wild Life Enviroment Protection Unit) walk took us through the Bunga forest to a cliff view point which overlooked the Burma Valley. Spectacular scenery on a clear day giving all the walkers a panoramic view all the way to the Himalayas mountain range and across to the Chimanimani mountains.
View across Burma Valley from Bvumba Forest cliff view point
On Sunday the 18th December the monthly Bvumba Church gathering was held at the White Horse Inn. Christmas carols were well attended and sung by an audience of more than forty people. The carols were followed by a bring and share lunch, a spread fit for a king.
The heavy rains in the third week of this month have completely transformed Madrugada forest and surrounding area – fields of ferns sprouting from nowhere, butterfly and bird life activity prolific and beautiful indigenous flowers appearing in the undergrowth.
The summer rains have arrived at last this week in the Bvumba. The Madrugada indiginous forest has been transformed into areas completely covered with fairy ferns.
The twenty metre high Madrugada waterfall is flowing fast once more cascading down the steep rock descent into a lovely pool at the bottom where visitors may paddle and swim at leisure.
For the bird lovers all the summer migrants are back. The magnificent Narina Trogans with their beautiful colours have returned to the forest, and their mating calls can be heard throughout the day. At dawn the melodic, haunting call of the Buff Spotted Flufftails echoes up the valley to the Lodge.The colourful Georgeous Bush Shrike are calling in abundance in the surrounding forest.
If you need a break from the hustle and bustle of the city lifestyle to relax, de-stress and reconnect with nature, Madrugada is the place to come to!