The very next day we are off with the family to one of my favourite places in the world. My parents cottage in the Bvumba. Meaning “drizzle” in the local language, Bvumba is in the highlands right on the eastern border with Mozambique, near the town of Mutare. It is an area of beautiful, forest covered mountains and home to hundreds of bird species, many that are only found here. Our cottage is set up on the slopes overlooking the valley, in about eight acres of beautful forest.
We spend the days walking, relaxing and eating. I am up every morning at four o’clock, to walk through the forest to our lookout for sunrise. It is in a grove of mountain Msasas, all adorned with Old Man’s Beard. The lookout is on top of high rock cliffs jutting out over the valley. The view is spectacular. Though often cloaked in cloud, this time I am lucky enough to have clear views the sun, a red ball rising slowly above Chinyakwiremba, one of the bigger hills in the area.
One of the days we go down to Leapard Rock Hotel, which is just down the road from our place. They have a small game park stocked with zebra, giraffe, eland, wilderbeast and others. We spend the morning walking through. Sophie is very excited to see giraffes again.
On the way home the Msasa trees around Mutare are turning. The Msasa is a classic Zimbabwean tree. Once a year it changes its leaves, the new leaves are red and change through various autumn hues, painting the countryside in red and orange and yellow. It is a beatiful sight, especially for Zimbabweans, who don’t get the autumn colour show of the cooler climates. Later on we watch the clouds building into huge towers and are eventually assaulted by the huge raindrops of an afternoon storm.

The very next day we are off with the family to one of my favourite places in the world. My parents cottage in the Bvumba. Meaning “drizzle” in the local language, Bvumba is in the highlands right on the eastern border with Mozambique, near the town of Mutare. It is an area of beautiful, forest covered mountains and home to hundreds of bird species, many that are only found here. Our cottage is set up on the slopes overlooking the valley, in about eight acres of beautful forest.

We spend the days walking, relaxing and eating. I am up every morning at four o’clock, to walk through the forest to our lookout for sunrise. It is in a grove of mountain Msasas, all adorned with Old Man’s Beard. The lookout is on top of high rock cliffs jutting out over the valley. The view is spectacular. Though often cloaked in cloud, this time I am lucky enough to have clear views the sun, a red ball rising slowly above Chinyakwiremba, one of the bigger hills in the area.

One of the days we go down to Leapard Rock Hotel, which is just down the road from our place. They have a small game park stocked with zebra, giraffe, eland, wilderbeast and others. We spend the morning walking through. Sophie is very excited to see giraffes again.

On the way home the Msasa trees around Mutare are turning. The Msasa is a classic Zimbabwean tree. Once a year it changes its leaves, the new leaves are red and change through various autumn hues, painting the countryside in red and orange and yellow. It is a beatiful sight, especially for Zimbabweans, who don’t get the autumn colour show of the cooler climates. Later on we watch the clouds building into huge towers and are eventually assaulted by the huge raindrops of an afternoon storm.