Twinstreams Cottage is quaint but it is our favourite and one we would recommend for newly weds. Birdwatching is best from August through to early December as this time that the migrant birds arrive and everyone is singing. The rainy season is best for ferns, orchids, mushrooms and butterflies.
Seldomseen Holiday Cottages in Bvumba, Zimbabwe.
A Bird Watcher's Paradise set in secluded gardens with spectacular views into Mozambique.
Other things to do (apart from relax and unwind):
Bunga Forest Botanical Reserve - for those fond of ferns and orchids
Bvumba Botanical Gardens - you need to pay an entrance fee to National Parks
Leopard Rock Hotel - for one of the most spectacular Golf Courses and a Casino (drive carefully on the way home!)
Tony's Tea Shop - for an amazing array of teas, coffees and cakes
Chinakwaremba - a gentle climb above Leopard Rock
Nyamheni (otherwise known as Castle Beacon) - the highest point in the Bvumba and a not so gentle climb, but a good challenge.
Genaina, White Horse Inn and Inn on the Vumba - for good meals
Circular Drive down into Burma Valley - a 3 hour drive through interesting scenery.
Bird Watching at Seldomseen:
Seldomseen is a well known site for bird watchers who want to glimpse some of the rarer and more secretive of the forest birds. The name is a pun: you seldom see the birds but you often hear them! So bird watching here can be hard work - but very rewarding if you are patient.
It was through the bird ringing work and publications of Alec and Cecilia Manson and Peter Mwadziwana that Seldomseen became well known amongst Southern African bird watchers and ornithologists. Alec published some of the first information on the little-known Swynnerton's Robin, and is still quoted as an authority on the species. Dale Hanmer has continued the ringing work on Seldomseen and regularly publishes her data in the BirdLife Zimbabwe journal, The Honeyguide.
Guided Bird Walks are available. Some of our "specials" are:
Buff spotted Flufftail
Robert's Warbler (Briar Warbler)
Striped cheeked Bulbul
Yellow streaked Bulbul
Square tailed Drongo
Self-catering cottages fully equipped with stove, fridge, cutlery/crockery and linen. Serviced daily.
Witchwood Lodge - Three large and two small bedrooms, two bathrooms with baths, large lounge, dining room, kitchen. Fireplace. Sleeps 9.
Crimsonwing Cottage - The main cottage has one main bedroom and one single with two extra day beds. One bathroom with shower. Nearby is the second cottage bedroom, bathroom with shower. Sleeps 7.
Twinstreams Cottage - Consists of two cottages. The main cottage has one bedroom with double bed and an optional extra bed in lounge. The second cottage contains two single beds. Bath. Fireplace. Sleeps 4-5.
Swynnerton Cottage - Suitable for a family. One main bedroom with double bed and one room with two single beds. Shower. Sleeps 4.
Seldomseen is 25 km from Mutare on the main Bvumba road. Turn left into Nyamheni road (gravel) for 1 km. Follow our signposts.
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