By Rwendo Life
It is always exciting waking up on the day of a new adventure. A new destination that we discovered through a friend who recommended it as an ideal couples getaway. We were sold and set off towards the hilly and mountainous region.
Pasichigare Resort is located in Domboshava (Mashonaland East Province), a village just 40km from Harare. The name is derived from the Shona words; dombo meaning “rock” and shava (pronounced shawa) meaning “light brown”.
In just 45 minutes we were in Domboshava. The environment swiftly changed from the hustle and bustle of the city to mountains peeping through the horizon,huts and cattle on scotch carts. After 33 km we were on the dust road which is a 7 km stretch to the resort. The dirt road is decent and easily navigable with a small car. The scenery was breathtaking as we drove towards the entrance of Pasichigare Resort. All kinds of trees and vegetation and the fresh breeze quietly assuring us that we had made the right choice.
We were warmly welcomed by Tendai and Rejoice and checked into our room. A cosy bush cottage with many cultural elements. Rather than rest we went straight into the day’s activities. Before heading out Tendai shared with us a brief history of the resort.
Pasichigare is a shona word which means history or ancient times when Africa was untouched. The resort sits on over 200 hectares of natural rocky landscape which is meticulously preserved and maintained as the area holds a lot of the history of the way the Shona people used to live in the past. The epic views and leisure facilities and rich Zimbabwean heritage make Pasichigare a unique hidden gem. The set-up of the resort is rustic and pared-back allowing visitors to connect to the simple rural way of life.
After the history lesson; our tour guide Rejoice took us to the first site called The Chief’s Court – which is where ancient gatherings would take place to rule, solve problems and pass decisions for the community. It consists of chairs made from piles of rock where the chief sat and held court. Such gatherings still happen in some rural communities to this day, with the rocks replaced by modern chairs!
Rejoice then took us down a slope to see the Bushman Paintings, arguably some of the best kept examples of this art in the country. With intricate detail we were able to get a clear picture of what animals were painted by the bushman. Next we hiked up the mountain, but this was no ordinary hike. To make it to the top of the mountain we had to squeeze in through a 70m passage which they call “Point of No Return” – because once you use that route to hike up the mountain you cannot use the same route down. It was an amazing yet terrifying experience crawling on our hands and feet to the top to catch a glimpse of the breathtaking views, it was well worth it. We spent some time marveling at the epic views until it was time to view the sunset on another mountain called Gomorembudzi (mountain of goats). We arrived at the peak of the mountain just to see the sun setting and what a marvelous sight. A great day to end an eventful day.
This day began with a 5 am hike up a nearby mountain in order to watch the sunrise. It took us about 20 minutes to get to the peak of the mountain and we waited as golden rays began to emerge as the sun rose above the horizon. This was accompanied by the sound of the birds echoing through the forest. After a quick breakfast we were on that hiking trail again, this time to go for a swim at the natural pools at a nearby river. The path leading to the natural pool is lined with different trees and plant species. We made it to the pool and soaked ourselves in the fresh cool water cascading from the mountains.
We continued our hike to explore some fascinating caves and once again we had to crawl and squeeze ourselves through the tunnels in order to see some amazing natural lines and patterns within the caves. If you’re keen on camping the caves would be an ideal place to experience natural surroundings.
Our last activity of the day was a visit the cultural village where we learnt the practical tools that the Shona used in ancient times. The cultural village consists of mud huts, clay pots, spears, axes and musical instruments. Pasichigare has become a research and resource center for many schools wanting to learn about the history and culture of ancient Zimbabwe.
Other activities include:
– Beach Volleyball
– Leadership Training and Team Building
– Moon Viewing
– Bush Parties
– Conservation Programs for schools
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