Tourism 30-11-2006

Due to its proximity to Harare Lake Chivero provides a playground for a range of water based activities. The dam wall is 400meters long and the lake stretches 8 km and recreational activities include yachting, boating, rowing, angling and canoeing.
Lake Chivero carries a large variety of spec

ies of fish and plays host to regular annual fishing tournaments – the most popular of these is the 24 hour Barble fishing competition. The Niloticus Bream frenzy has just ended which brought many avid fisherman out to Lake Chivero. This yearly event, that most fisherman dairise, lasts up to late November and can be quite an eventful day allowing even the most in-experienced fisherman a chance to feel the fight of a Niloticus Bream.
The Niloticus bream assemble in shallow water, wherever ant mounds are situated, to spawn as the ant larvae become an essential part of their diet during this process. During this period they become very protective over their nests and remove any foreign objects from their vicinity. Ultimately this can lead to their demise, as normally this foreign object is a hook placed there by a gleeful angler with a keep net to fill.
Activities at Lake Chivero are not only restricted to the water – located nearby is a bird and animal sanctuary, horse riding facilities, a working crocodile farm and ancient rock art sites. The game park surrounding Lake Chivero occupies an area of 1 867 hectares. Most of the animals found in the park originated from Hwange National Park with additional game being brought in from the “Operation Noah” game rescue in Kariba. One of the more spectacular sights is the Rhino which can be viewed grazing along the water’s edge in the late afternoon.
Located near the dam wall, and worth a day trip of its own, is the Kumba Shiri Bird Park and Animal Sanctuary. Kumba Shiri hosts a variety of animals from dyker, bush pigs, orphaned animals and even a tame sheep named Lucky. The walk in aviary and avenues of cages allows you to get up close and personal to a large range of birds which normally could only be viewed through a pair of binoculars. There are also pony rides for the young children or horse riding trails for the older siblings and parents, which take you on trails through the indigenous bush land surrounding the park. Kumba Shiri offer self catering lodges which are well appointed for a great weekend retreat with the family.
If you are looking for a weekend getaway from Harare or stuck for ideas to entertain the family over the upcoming Christmas Holidays why not take a trip out to Lake Chivero – a mere 30 minutes drive from Harare and rediscover reasons to enjoy the holidays.

Bush Special
Chengeta Safari Lodge (located in Selous less than 1 hours drive from Harare) is set in beautiful landscaped gardens in the midst of a well-established 9000 acre wildlife sanctuary. KuChengeta is Shona for “to take care of” and that is what every traveller and business executive can expect from this exclusive experience. Attention to detail is emphasized in every aspect of its operations, from the décor and ambience of the lodge facilities, to the cuisine and management style.
Chengeta Safari Lodge has sixteen elegantly appointed thatched ensuite rooms, each with its own veranda, a dramatic entertainment area built around a three-level swimming pool and sauna, and a luxurious lounge, where coffee and tea are always available. And at the end of the day, guests normally gather to enjoy a drink and swap stories around our fire pit beside the bar.
Whilst at Chengeta Safari Lodge you can enjoy an elephant safari out in the vast wildlife sanctuary with our highly trained guides. Here you will see herds of wildebeest, giraffe, kudu, eland, and many more. Alternatively ride the good-natured horses, or be driven in one of the Land Cruiser safari vehicles. Sundowners can be enjoyed under the spreading shade of the mighty fig tree whilst the animals graze on the plain around you.
If you would like to experience sumptuous luxury, elephant rides, exotic and plentiful wildlife, superb food and a haven of peace and tranquility just an hour from Harare contact the team today to take advantage of this festive season special.
Out of Harare Special
Z$400 000 – 1 Night for 2 people all inclusive excluding Drinks and Elephant rides.
Call Amy 04 706 109

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