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Winter arrives at Madrugada

Winter has come early to Zimbabwe, however Madrugada offers visitors a warm alternative to the cold spell that is being felt in other parts of the country.

Nestled on the side of a mountain and protected by indigenous forest on either side of the Lodge, the terrain keeps the site much warmer than the cold spell being experienced in Upper Bvumba.

Madrugada offers a  Winter Special rate at only $50 per person per night which includes dinner, bed and breakfast. This offer is valid only to the end of June 2016.

Take time off from the hectic Harare Lifestyle and spend a weekend in the beautiful Bvumba mountains relaxing in the setting of Madrugada, reuniting with nature.

Madrugada comes alive at Easter

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

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.

Chinamata Falls

Chinamata Falls

Zomwe Falls Minor

Zomwe Falls Minor

Zomwe Falls near source

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.

Record rains in Bvumba

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

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.

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Rivers flowing strongly after heavy rain

Lion's Head

Lion’s Head

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.