PO Box 14, Juliasdale, Nyanga
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About Far and Wide Zimbabwe
Far and Wide was started in 1991 in response to demand for a professionally run outdoor education centre in Zimbabwe. From humble beginnings and many challenges Far and Wide is today a substantial outdoor education centre and runs outdoor based leadership, team, personal development and conservation programmes for discerning clients from private schools, companies and organisations as well as church groups, volunteers, families and individuals. In addition all our activities and accommodation options are available to tourists visiting the Nyanga or Mutarazi Falls National Park.
Far and Wide is based in the beautiful wilderness areas of the Mutarazi Falls, Pungwe Falls and Nyanga National Parks. Our camp consists of a set of three luxury lodges for corporate clients and tourists as well as a bush camp complete with outdoor showers, communal dining areas and wooden sleeping cabins. The bush camp has been carefully designed to take participants out of their familiar frames of reference but provide all the essential ingredients as far as safety is concerned. In addition FAR and WIDE owns a camp site in the Mutarazi Falls National Park and two fishing lodges on the banks of the Pungwe River in the Nyanga National Park. We are also able to offer Aberfoyle Lodge in the Honde Valley as a venue for our team and leadership training programmes.
Bernie and Julie Cragg are both university graduates with post graduate qualifications in education. Bernie and Julie combine their love of teaching, adventure, outdoor life and filming to orchestrate each course at Far and Wide. They have run hundreds of successful programmes over the years. Bernie is internationally acclaimed as an expert in his chosen field and has attended the Junior Leadership University in Switzerland, Spain and Austria each year for the past ten years where, amongst other things, he lectures in team leadership, designs and oversees the adventurous training programme and films. Bernie has recently been invited by the Young Presidents Organisation (YPO) to conduct leadership training programmes for YPO youth from around the world, in Africa. In addition he is involved in filming wildlife programmes for Animal Planet and other television stations.
Experience Wild Nyanga
FAR and WIDE is able to offer you a wide range of outdoor adventure activities, beautiful self-catering cottages and campsites, all set in the stunning wilderness areas of the Nyanga and Mutarazi Falls National Parks.
Guests using our facilities at FAR and WIDE, the Pungwe Drift or Mutarazi Falls campsite are welcome to just relax in the peaceful misty mountain atmosphere curled up next to a wattle log fire, go for a ramble along our well mapped hiking trails, accompany our guides on a birding walk through the montane forests, visit the Mutarazi Falls, Pungwe Falls and Honde viewpoint or take on the challenge of any one of the many recreational adventure activities that FAR and WIDE is able to offer.
Mutarazi Cottages. Three beautifully appointed self-catering cottages made of Nyanga field stone. Fully equipped, each unit consists of an open plan kitchen with electric stove, fridge/freezer which opens into a dining room come lounge with fireplace. Downstairs bedroom has two bunk beds with shower and toilet en suite. Upstairs log cabin bedroom with en suite Victorian bath and private sauna and balcony overlooking Mutarazi Falls National Park. Each cottage sleeps six. Self or fully catered (for large groups) options.
Pungwe Drift Cottages. Two well built lodges on the banks of the Pungwe River in the Nyanga National Park. Fully equipped but no electricity. Two bedrooms with three singles in one room and double in the other, lounge with fireplace, dining room and kitchen with separate toilet and bathroom. Incredible fly-fishing and walks in the middle of a beautiful wilderness. Each lodge sleeps five. Self or fully catered options.
Mutarazi Falls Campsite. Five camping huts set in montane forest in the Mutarazi Falls National Park. Main attractions: blue duiker, forest birds, waterfalls, peace and quiet. This is an ideal groups venue and we can provide camoing mats, cooking pots, plates, cups, kinives and forks so all you need to bring are sleeping bags (we can supply these as well) and food.
Pamushana Cottage (plus Protea Cottage) If you want to get away from it all and not see another sole this is the cottage for you. Beautiful views out over Mt Nyangani, three bedrooms, lounge, modern kitchen, two fireplaces, generator plus Protea Cottage next door for the kids!
Aberfoyle Lodge. Aberfoyle Lodge is set in a secluded valley on the Eastern Highlands Tea Estates in the Honde Valley 350kms from Harare and is surrounded by beautiful forests, rolling tea fields, rivers and a nine hole golf course. The lodge has 7 family rooms, and 3 twin/double rooms, which altogether sleeps 32 people. Our other sporting facilities include a large swimming pool, tennis, squash, snooker/pool, table tennis and darts. We also offer guided birding and nature walks with our very knowledgeable guides Wisdom and Sengurai where you will have sightings of some of the rarest birds in Zimbabwe and the region.
Other more adventurous activities include mountain hiking of various degrees of difficulty, horse riding, a very unique tree canopy tour where you can zip down cables from platform to platform and have a wonderful birding experience high in the giant Forest Newtonia trees. Kayaking and bass and bream fishing on the tranquil Nyawamba Dam can offer great relaxation; we also offer guided tours to our organic pepper gardens, the Tea Estates Hydro Electric Plant and the Wamba Tea Factory. We have two talented wood carvers who make beautiful bookends, serviette rings, cheeseboards, key-rings, etc. We have awesome picnic spots on the rivers around the Lodge and some of the recommended favourites are the Ramble Rock Pool and Mermaids Pool which are ideal for a picnic and a swim in the cool mountain water.
FAR and WIDE Cabins. The five cabins provide great accommodation for up to 56 people in dormitory like bunk bed configurations. There is also a twin bedded chalet with en suite facilities as well as a loft bedroom with large double bed. The camp has communal showers with hot and cold running water as well as flush toilets. The central areas consist of large dining room, central lodge and kitchens with large open plan seating area and braai. There are self-catering or fully catered options.
Hornbill House ... self-catering at Aberfoyle Lodge. A wonderful destination, Hornbill House offers those who prefer to self-cater a cheaper option than staying at Aberfoyle Lodge. Set in beautiful gardens overlooking Wamba Dam this three bed roomed cottage provides affordable and comfortable accommodation whilst allowing guests access to the wonderful Aberfoyle Lodge and its facilities.
Far and WIDE offers the Nyanga tourist the following adventure activities available on a daily or half-daily or multi-day basis in Nyanga. Transfers from our office in Juliasdale can also be arranged.
Activities available include: seasonal wild water rafting and kayaking, orienteering, mountain biking, tubing, rock-climbing and abseiling, fly fishing, overnight guided walks, ropes courses, giant swing, and ziplines and canyoning. All activities are professionally guided to the highest standards.
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