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“Tranquility in Harare” 4 of 5 bubbles
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Wild Geese Lodge
Ranked #25 of 49 Harare B&B and Inns
Sydney, Australia
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6 reviews
4 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
“Tranquility in Harare”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 May 2012

Wild Geese Lodge is a great option for Harare accomodaiton.It is on the outskirts of town, is spacious and has great views. It was also really quiet. Our room was great and the food was good; despite a slightly limited dinner menu. I am glad we did not stay in central Harare which is very busy and not very charming.

  • Stayed April 2012, travelled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank Musasa
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  • Location
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Rooms
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Service
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Cleanliness
    4 of 5 bubbles
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Manchester, United Kingdom
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21 reviews
13 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 March 2012

The Lodge is set in lovely grounds. Accommodation is in bungalows spread around the grounds. Our room was very comfortable - the only disadvantage being the very very low lighting and the only mirror being in the bathroom while the only electric socket for a hairdryer was in the bedroom ! Breakfast was good and the view from the dining area amazing. A very tranquil place to stay.

  • Stayed March 2012, travelled with family
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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Thank Rosum6
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Hilton Head Island,SC,USA
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4 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 March 2012

Had a fabulous wedding at Wild Geese Lodge.Things could have gone South on our Wedding day as there was a technical issue at their reception building.The stuff worked extremely hard to make sure the wedding was perfect.I am not easily persuaded kudos to Wild Geese.Thank you for my beautiful wedding on 8 October 2011.

  • Stayed November 2011, travelled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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Portsmouth, United Kingdom
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58 reviews
11 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 45 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 February 2011

terrible stay the horel is dirty and run down the staff were not helpful and hard to find

  • Stayed March 2010, travelled as a couple
    • 1 of 5 bubbles
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    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 1 of 5 bubbles
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    • 1 of 5 bubbles
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    • 1 of 5 bubbles
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    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank ovenready
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UK
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17 reviews
9 hotel reviews
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 December 2009

On recent travels to Zim we booked in at Wild Geese after hearing such good reviews about the lodge. From the moment we arrived we were not made to feel welcome as they had other functions on, which we felt were more important than their resident guests.

A wedding that was supposed to end at 10pm went on till the small hours of the morning, so much for the peace and tranquility of staying in a country lodge!

On their menu breakfast was "a selection of yoghurts" - only warm banana yoghurt provided, 'a selection of cereals" - only corn flakes in a tupperware container, "a selection of fruit juice' - only apple juice! All of these so called selections crammed onto a small tray. Ordered mushroom omelette and received a dry overcooked omelette with NO mushrooms.....oops the staff forgot to inform us that there were no mushrooms!

Admittedly the room was comfortable even though there was a leaking ceiling, lamp not working and no mirror for drying hair.

When we complained about how unhappy we were the management did a disappearing act........

  • Stayed December 2009, travelled as a couple
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 1 of 5 bubbles
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2 Thank Patricia965
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Altus, Oklahoma
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63 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 41 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 April 2009

We were here to visit a friend’s wedding. Stayed for 2 days at the lodge.
The Resort:
All accommodations are cottages and are spread through out the pristinely kept grounds. The total resort area covers about 2 city blocks and has winding paths that meander around the area presenting stunning views of the game reserve below the hill. The game reserve has many types of antelope and several paths that take the hiker down to a little dam and back again. I think the entire loop is about 10km. The whole area is situated outside of Harare (capital city) and away from the hustle and bustle of city life. The main goal here is to relax and recharge. If your looking for loud crowded night life – this is not for you. The entire resort is walled off and there is guarded 24hrs. Parking is just inside the gate and secure. The traveler enters the resort through the main lodge. This huge thatched roof building is distinctly African in its décor and is the focal point of activity for the resort. The lodge has the bar, restaurant, veranda and reception offices. Radiating from there are the private cottages where the guest stays – sprinkled through out the woods. The grounds are constantly being gardened by a small army of workers to keep it in a gorgeous state.
The Cottages:
Ours was a double bed by the pool and a short walk to the main lodge. The building is also thatched to give it its African appeal. The décor in the room was very classy and also very African. The room provided bottled water (city water is not safe to drink), mosquito coil, TV (South African satellite TV), and bathroom soaps and shampoos etc. The bed was very comfortable and we slept like the dead. They also provide a mini safe in every cottage to store valuables while out and about. The bath room was kept very clean (cleaned daily) and have separate shower and tub. The minor snag was our hot water heater was giving us some problems, but the resort sent some one to fix it minutes after we told them. The cottages are really huge inside and outside each one have a porch with chairs and a table – more ways to help you relax.
The Restaurant/Bar:
They only served food at set times, so when you are in your room you must consult the info packet. The menu was some what limited – they had a daily specialty without many choices, however the food was really good. I did notice that they accommodated special diets if you need to have one. Service is equivalent to western European standards – not too bad – but could be improved (this is only the restaurant – not the lodge staff or maid service).
Other Stuff:
This resort caters to special events and conferences a lot (most of their business because Zimbabwe tourism has suffered from politics). They are extremely efficient with their event planning and very professional. The wedding was beautifully done and went very smooth – which is a testament to the staff. We also had the privilege of being there for their Easter Brunch. About 200 people came to the resort for this huge lunch event. There was live music, great food and plenty of alcohol for everyone. This resort has been doing extremely well despite the tough times in Zimbabwe.
On another note, Zimbabwe is not the conflict riddled country the media likes to talk about. Yes there are problems, but since the $US is the official currency, the economy has settled down significantly and we felt very safe throughout our travels in Zimbabwe.

Overall the Wild Geese resort was a refreshing and beautiful place to visit and we recommend it to anyone who is looking for a little serenity in southern Africa.

  • Stayed April 2009, travelled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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Property: Wild Geese Lodge
Address: 2 Buckland Lane | Borrowdale, Harare, Zimbabwe
Region: Zimbabwe > Harare Province > Harare
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Centre with Internet Access Free Breakfast Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Suites Swimming Pool Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
Ranked #25 of 49 B&Bs / Inns in Harare
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Number of rooms: 9
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