The musika or people's market is a fun place to go to buy fruit, vegetables and crafts. It is located in Sabkuva - probably Mutare's most 'notorious' high density suburb. The part of the market where rural people sell their produce directly is only open until 11:00 am each day. After this time you can still shop at a covered market where you'll pay less than you would at the open air stalls in town but more than you will in the direct sale market.
I suppose you could take a taxi to the market but that would be very expensive (well, in Zimbabwean terms - not in tourist terms). For the real experience I would suggest taking a commuter minibus - unfortunately given fuel shortages this might be tricky. Your best bet is to go to the bus boarding area (near the toilets in Meikles park) and ask around. You could walk but it is about an hour's walk from town.
To get yourself a good map of Mutare go to the Manicaland Publicity Association office (Meikles Park) where they have them for sale. Once you're done at the vegetable market you can head back towards the covered market near the TM supermarket for crafts or head across the street to the flea market (which is near the swimming pool) to look at clothes and shoes.
A lovely region of mild climate, always green and peaceful (except for the fact the armed bandits had some basis here and there...). It's better to hire a car and wander around....
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A European sounding menu - until you see "braised wildebeeste in red wine sauce"! I was there with a large group, seated in a private dining room, so I can't say much about the ambiance, but the grounds are lush and lovely. That's fortunate, as you'll need a stroll through them to help work off the meal. Or stay overnight - there appeared to be a number of rooms, with a swimming pool for guests.
We were served a three course lunch, with choices for each course, followed by coffee (of course - grown locally in the Vumba Mountains). The day I was there the choices were Chilled Vichyssoise or Smoked Trout Pate for appetizer (served with yummy yeast rolls); Roast Lamb (with mint sauce and quince jelly), Chicken Provencale, or the aforementioned wildebeeste for entree; and Apple Crumble or Homemade Ice-Cream and Meringue for dessert. The entrees were accompanied by acorn squash, potatoes, and broccoli, brought around after the entree came out so you could accept or decline each one.
Favorite Dish: The wildebeeeste of course! It tasted like very richly flavored beef and was surprisingly tender.
Jenny’s is a 1-stop shop for candles, table linens, bric-a-brac and handicrafts. They serve coffee, snacks and light lunches in their charming garden. There is also a florist and plant nursery on the site for your flower or garden purchases. Additionally there is an aesthetician on staff offering massages and waxing and an independently owned and run hair salon.
Jenny’s has tasty scones and coffees as well as sandwiches and other lunch items.
Favorite Dish: Scones with butter, jam and whipped cream! Yummy.
The Green Coucal, which is often known as ‘Sarah’s’ after its owner Sarah Wright, offers espresso drinks, snacks and light lunches in an aesthetically appealing setting. While you sip and sup you are surrounded by high quality art works by local (Zimbabwean) and regional (Southern Africa) artists. Of special note are beautiful wooden items produced by Sarah’s talented father, Andy Hendry.
Great cappucinos and lattes, tasty muffins and delectable sandwiches on homemade foccacia bread are available as well as homemade pasta and hearty breakfasts. Dine indoors or in the well-tended garden.
Favorite Dish: Chicken and roast vegetable sandwich on homemade foccacia bread. Fairly generous portion, really tasty chicken and delectable veggies.
You can go from Mutare,by taxi for 10 $ (the hole car! some drivers will tell you when paying it´s per person) or by shared taxi leaving from D Avenue for 2 $ per person. Cross the border, visa on that border is 76 $, walk 100 m further and a Chapas (minibus, very crowded) to Chimoio for 80 Meticais (2,70 $). From there frequent Chapas to Beira for 200 Meticais, or less frequent south to Vilanculos and Maputo. The road from the border to Beira is quite good exept 20 to 30 km in about the middle.
Lots of lovely walks in the Vumba,especially in the Bunga forest and also the beautiful National Parks Gardens they really are worth visiting,also Lepoard Rock Hotel but its is far and very windy road so don't go after dark if you do not know the area.
In such a cold and humid climate, there's room enough for the only tea estate in Zimbabwe. Its tea, traded under the "Four Roses" brand name, is widely consumed all over the country, as the habit of drinking tea remained after the English colonial rule.
The Vumba mountains include the highest peak in Zimbabwe, as well as the most humid areas. Their position is peculiar, as they represent the geological limit of the African plateau. From the Vumba you may look all the way to the Indian Ocean, as the ground disappears under your feet, creating a real step which divides hilly Zimbabwe from the flat land of Mozambique.