Venues for Africa(08-02-07)

The return of legends
In these very trying times of tourism in Zimbabwe it is refreshing to see that, in true Zimbabwean spirit, this industry is not succumbing to the crazy economics that has seen other indu


stries crumble. Whether one is of the opinion that it hurts the country to keep going more than it does to stop or vice versa, Venues4Africa.com applaud what has been achieved under the circumstances.
Frequent visitors to Lake Kariba in the past would certainly have remembered the grandeur of The Bumi Hills Safari Lodge and Tiger Bay Resort which unfortunately fell prey to the slump in the tourism market with the former closing and the latter continuing through difficult periods of very low occupancies.
Bumi Hills and Tiger Bay have undergone a massive refurbishment exercise and have re-opened their doors to the public following a launch, by Conquest Tours, of a three destination, 8 night luxury package called Club 52. Launched in Harare in November 2006 by Peter Marchussen of Conquest Tours, Club 52 refers to the fact that the hotels and houseboat packages are available 52 weeks of the year.
The packages are aimed at both the foreign market and our local market with prices to match both pockets. Ideally the package starts with a flight into Harare on British Airways, a transfer to Kariba aboard a chartered flight, high speed boat transfer from the Kariba main land to Bumi Hills, 3 nights at Bumi Hills Safari Lodge, 2 nights aboard a houseboat and then a final 3 nights at Tiger Bay Resort. The package deals are so flexible that any package combination (number of nights, transfer preferences, etc) can be created for a tailor made holiday experience.
Clients on these packages will enjoy for free:
-Some of the finest game viewing and bird watching available in Africa, especially at Bumi Hills which is renowned for it’s wealth of flora and fauna. Game viewing is from a pontoon or boat and escorted game walks are available.
-Angling for the mighty and renowned tiger fish from a boat with instructions, rods, reels and bait.
-Three gourmet meals a day, tea, coffee and snacks, free imported wines and spirits and local beers and minerals.
-Free luggage consisting of a bag, khaki bush shirt and baseball-type cap.
-All laundry requirements.
Peter Marchussen, who has been at Tiger Bay since 1989, said: “Once you have paid your travel agent, or booked direct, this is a completely cashless holiday. You needn’t carry a cent”. Both Bumi Hills and Tiger Bay offer conference facilities making this an ideal corporate getaway as well.
Magnificent sunsets and sunrises are two of the many attractions visitors to Kariba can experience. Club 52, with its 8 night, three destination package will certainly showcase these attractions.
Also worthy of mention is a pricing structure that is accommodating to Zim-residents for whom holidays can once again become a regular feature in their yearly family itinerary.
Contact Martin at Venues4africa.com ZW for more information on the tailor made package deals that are available.
Tel: 04 706 109
[email protected]
www.venues4africa.com


Zimbabwe self drive 4X4 package
All inclusive for Z$1.8 million (prices subject to change) per person enjoy 3 nights at Bumi Hills Safari Lodge, 2 nights on a house boat and 3 nights at Tiger Bay.


Non-Resident Package
All inclusive for R10,500 or US$1,390 per person enjoy 3 nights at Bumi Hills Safari Lodge, 2 nights on a house boat and 3 nights at Tiger Bay including airfares from Johannesburg to Kariba return on Comair.


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