Photo post: Spurwing Island Lodge, Kariba, Zimbabwe

In August 2017 my family and I stayed at Spurwing Island Lodge on Lake Kariba in Zimbabwe. It proved to be the perfect family-friendly bush escape. Here’s a link to the full article describing why I chose Spurwing Island and how it turned out in reality. It showed the best of Zimbabwean hospitality: a relaxed atmosphere, natural decor and warm-hearted service. In the post below, I’d like to share some extra photos of the lodge and surrounds with you.

Wraparound mosquito nets in one of the Spurwing Island cabins

Spurwing Zimbabwe Kariba Accommodation

The view from the cabins ensures that you don’t miss out on any wildlife action

Spurwing Zimbabwe Kariba Accommodation

Hippos grazing on the banks in front of our cabin at Spurwing

Spurwing Zimbabwe Kariba Accommodation

The permanent tented rooms at Spurwing can be opened up completely

Spurwing Zimbabwe Kariba Accommodation

The open-air dining room at Spurwing

Spurwing Zimbabwe Kariba Accommodation

The bar area has a panoramic view of Lake Kariba

Spurwing Zimbabwe Kariba Accommodation

An extremely relaxing spot looking across to the Matusadona mountains

Spurwing Zimbabwe Kariba Accommodation

The pool also has a view in a million: sometimes elephants drink at the bay below

Spurwing Zimbabwe Kariba Accommodation

One of the chalet-style rooms at Spurwing Island

Spurwing Zimbabwe Kariba Accommodation

The food was superb: freshly-made, simple and tasty

Spurwing Zimbabwe Kariba Accommodation

Elephant towel origami: little details go a long way

Spurwing Zimbabwe Kariba Accommodation

Nicky, a staff member at Spurwing, pointing out local hippos to a young guest

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This brazen genet cat has extended his territory to the lodge buildings

Spurwing Zimbabwe Kariba

The resident hippo puts on a show for us

Spurwing Zimbabwe Kariba Accommodation

Water is pumped from the lake, to help water the lawns

Spurwing Zimbabwe Kariba Accommodation

Helpful signposts educate guests about the local flora

Spurwing Zimbabwe Kariba Accommodation

A twilight view of the tree-filled lodge, approaching from the water

Spurwing Zimbabwe Kariba Game Drive

Appreciating the grandeur of an African sunset through a child’s eyes

Spurwing Zimbabwe Kariba Family

Our final meal at Spurwing was spent in this special spot under the stars

Spurwing Zimbabwe Kariba Accommodation

With thanks to Spurwing Island Zimbabwe for their partnership.

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2 Responses

  1. rita craney

    Fabulous photos of Spurwing Island. Spent three days there in 2013, at my sons wedding. We travelled down from Ireland .We had the best time there. Hope to revisit some day,

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