IF the interaction between mankind and nature is ordinarily about the former digging up and destroying the latter for his existential convenience then the Lodge at the Ancient City is proof that man does not always need to cut down trees, dig up the ground and flatten hills for his comfort.
The design intent for this facility was clearly a seamless comingling of modernity and the serenity of the natural. The objective was achieved remarkably as the lodge sits in perfect harmony with its immediate surroundings; it also captures and reflects the essence of the Great Zimbabwe monuments.
The guest facilities feature an open-air dining area with fantastic views across tree tops to hills and rock formations in the immediate environs as well as a rock-enclosed swimming pool at the bottom of a waterfall.
Guests lounge and dine beneath a massive thatched roof with huge rounded boulders forming an integral part of the architecture.
Accommodation is in the form of nineteen thatched chalets sitting snugly among the Msasa trees and rocks with the interiors featuring raised stone platforms.
Owners of the lodge recently made the facilities available to a group of UK-based journalist who were visiting Zimbabwe curtesy of the Zimbabwe Tourism Authority (ZTA) and RwandAir.
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