Norma Jeane’s Lakeside Lodge is our campsite for the night. Very hot and humid initially but mercifully it cools down as the evening progress. We arrive at around 6pm and, as usual, first thing we do is erect our tents. The lodge is really an hotel, quite a posh hotel, with a range up room and lodge types available as well as a camping ground. There is a kitchen and cooking area available for overlander or those travelling by campervan. You see a lot of small jeep-like Toyota Land Cruisers 4WD vehicles set up as rugged looking campervan with clever folding rents in the roof area. I wouldn’t mind having one.
Here is some blurb from the web: Norma Jeanes Lake View Resort is a beautiful converted farmhouse overlooking the stunning Mutirikwe. While this property is not modern or luxurious, it offers comfortable accommodation, friendly staff and a location that is off the beaten track. Ideal for people on self-drive holidays, this lodge can be accessed by flying into Masvingo airport and driving approximately 25km to Norma Jeane’s. There are two different options in terms of holiday packages. You can either opt for the Bed and Breakfast package or opt to self-cater. Children are welcome at this resort.
Accommodation comprises of ten double rooms and four self-catering lodges. The double rooms contain either double or twin beds and have their own personal balcony complete with a seating area, overlooking the beautiful lake. Bathrooms in the main lodge are communal and contain a basin, flushable toilet and a bath. Breakfasts are included in the rate and lunch and dinner are available at an extra cost. The self-catering lodges are fully furnished and comprise 1-3 bedrooms that can accommodate up to ten guests. Each of these lodges has an en-suite bathroom as well as a balcony and outdoor seating area. Main areas include an indoor dining room, a wifi zone and a lounge. There is also a campsite with communal bathrooms and an outdoor kitchen and Barbeque area.
Norma Jeane’s Lake View Resort is approximately ten minutes by vehicle from the Great Zimbabwe Ruins. Guests have the option of either exploring the remains of this ancient civilisation by themselves or going on a guided tour. Alternatively, there is the option of going birdwatching in the Msasa woodland that surrounds the hotel or going fishing for Bass on Lake Mutirikwe. Boat and sailing excursions are also available.
As this was a one night stop with early departure next day, there wasn’t much to do except eat, chat a bit and then off to our tents for some bo peep.