Staying at the Sable Lodge in IMIRE rhino & wildlife conservation was one of the highlights of my six-month stay in Zimbabwe. It is an incredible place where I had a great time with my girlfriends (we went to spend a girl's night and also got adventurous on an amazing safari). It was a quick trip because we arrived on a Friday evening and left the next day after breakfast but we really enjoyed it and created a lot of great memories.
As said before, I lived for six months in Zimbabwe, I went there to work on a consulting project and it was awesome! If you want to read more about my experience and learn how you can apply you can check the post How to work with an NGO in Africa.
Let me share with you how to get there, the wonderful rooms in which we stayed, the delicious food we tasted, my love for elephants after the safari we had, and other recommendations on what to do as volunteer in the IMIRE Volunteer Program.
1. How to get to IMIRE
If you are visiting Zimbabwe you'll most probably arrive to its capital Harare. IMIRE is very close so you can rent a car and in around two hours you'll be there. It is located on Bridge Road in Wedza and you can follow these easy directions:
Travel out on the Mutare Road towards Marondera. Just before Marondera, you will cross over the railway line. Following that, you will see an Imire sign on the left-hand side of the road
– TURN RIGHT here. Travel down this road 3km & you will see another Imire sign on the left-hand side of the road – TURN LEFT here. Travel down this road 37km & you will go past the Imire store and butchery on the left. About 800m further on you will see the main Sable Lodge sign, TURN left into the game park & the lodge is approximately 1km further on. The road is tarred the whole way until you enter the game park.
We arrived in the afternoon because we went on Friday after finishing work and when we were arriving we saw the beautiful sunset in the car. This is why it's a great experience from the beginning!
2. The best lodge in Zimbabwe
The place is amazing, when you arrive you can see a beautiful garden with a pool. There are 7 lodges, each en-suite villa has its own veranda as well as an inside seating area. Families and children are welcome but you can go like us as a group of friends or it will also be perfect for a romantic weekend.
3. Delicious dinner and breakfast
We arrived at night so we had a delicious full three course dinner prepared by a top chef. Also, the next day we woke up early to go to a safari so a friendly staff member woke us up with tea, coffee and cookies delivered to our room. Then, after the safari we returned to have a very complete bufete breakfast.
4. The best safari in Zimbabwe
We were supposed to arrive on Friday and have a sundowner safari, but unfortunately we were late because of traffic. But the staff was very nice and let us have the ride the next day in the morning and it was amazing. There are rhinos, elephants, wildebeest, buffalos, impala, sable, and lions. My favorite part was that we were able to touch and feed the elephants!
5. Imire Volunteer Program
You should also know that you can help in the IMIRE Volunteer Programe. Preserving the wildlife and nature in our planet has became a priority and we can make a change if we help.
For me, this is very important and I have participated in several volunteer projects around the world, you can check the following blog posts if you are interested in volunteering:
- How to find paid volunteer projects abroad
- How to participate in the volunteer project “The Himalayan Beauty” in India
- How to participate in a volunteer project in the United States
- How to participate as a volunteer in the European Youth Olympic Festival
Come to IMIRE!
Besides the safari there are several activities that you could do as: Walk with rhinos, Elephant Encounter, Horseback Safari, Makwe Caves Trip, Fishing, and Birdwatching Walk !
For more information visit IMIRE Rhino and Wildlife Conservation website and social media channels: