The project was established in 2002 under the leadership of CAMPFIRE which mobilised the Mayambara community and collaborated with the local council. The main role of the community was to conserve all natural resources encompassed on the site.
Accommodation: Five lodges are under construction all at the roof level.
Activities: Nature walks, picnicking, village tours, boating and fishing
Amenities: Reception, restaurant at roof level, borehole sunk with water pump and pipes already connected. A water storage stand made of steel in place to cater for large water tanks. Electric transformer and the cables had also been connected to the 5 site. A durawall and fence surrounds the site.
Challenges: Progress in construction has stalled since the death of the business partner. There is poor security on the site and the water pump, electricity transformer, main gate, door frames and window frames have all been vandalized. Facility is in need of a new investor. Destruction of vegetation in and around the site is rampant – limited resource and organisational capacity of leadership and Trustees to keep degradation under check.
Future prospects: Secure business partner to recapitalise the project and complete construction. There is potential for the development of a jetty at the river to cater for some water related activities such as boating and fishing.
Established in 1998 by the CAMPFIRE programme, the facility is located in Hurungwe District, on the boarders with Gokwe District, on the shores of Sanyati river just after the confluence of the Chiroti and Sanyati Rivers. It is 71 km from Hurungwe along Bumi hills road.
Management of the facility: The project constitutes of four villages of 2400 households and two representatives from each village constitute the ward committee, chaired by the councilor. The resource monitors also seat in the committee which has seven members. For a number of years the facility was managed in partnership with a private operator who conducted both hunting and photographic safaris. From 2010, the operator withdrew and the community is now wholly responsible for managing the camp. The camp staff is made up of six workers, camp attendant and 4 resource monitors. The Hurungwe RDC Natural Resources officer is also responsible for overseeing the management of the site.
Accommodation – Sanyati bridge camp has camping facilities and 4 self catering chalets (round thatched huts).
Access – Accessible by road, 71km from Hurungwe RDC on the Bumi Hills Road. Needs rough terrain road.
Amenities – Mobile telephone network coverage, no electricity on the camp. There is a kiosk at the site, which normally offers cold beers, soft drinks, cigarettes and other smaller things. The kiosk is currently not functional.
Attractions - the camp offers visitors attraction in the form of a variety of wild animals and birds. Sanyati River itself has attractive gorges namely, Mahwindo and Manyenyedzi. The buffer zone offers beautiful scenery from the green vegetation.
Activities – Tourist can also enjoy fishing, camping, canoeing, safari hunting and 4x4 game drives
Awareness – Appears on the CAMPFIRE and STEP Websites and also promoted by the Hurungwe RDC.
Main Challenges: The facility dilapidated after an operator Hurungwe safaris withdrew operations from the facility. The project used to be assisted by CAMPFIRE and Hurungwe RDC for its marketing and promotion of the attraction especially when it was used as a base camp for hunting safaris. From the interview it was noted that the community lacks management skills which is the core for any successful business. Future Prospects: The facility requires a number of renovations noted as follows:
The Last Destination center is situated at the Chiunye Village in Chiunye Ward some 30km from Kotwa Growth Point in the Western direction. Kotwa Growth Point is in Mudzi District some 200km from Harare along Nyamapanda Highway. The project represents one of the best and live culture preservation sites in Zimbabwe that survived the last 10 years of economic decline. Preservation of culture is done through the collection and production of traditional artifacts (wooded, pottery and basketry), maintaining live traditional homestead that show cases day to day lives in a rural homestead, performing traditional dances to visitors and holding traditional ceremonies amidst the charm of well preserved natural environment. The project was designed to benefit 200 individuals in the village. Management of the facility: The facility is managed by a Board drawn from the Chiunye village of 20 households. Day to day management and service provision to visitors is by volunteers from the Chiunye family.
Accommodation – Two roundavels and a camping site can accommodate over 20 visitors within the facility.
Access: The site is accessible by road, 25km off the main Mutoko highway is well maintained gravel road. The highway is well serviced by public transport and visitors will need to organize transport between main road to the site. Amenities – Facility is serviced by mobile telephone network. Other amenities (shops, medical services, curios) are available from Kotwa business center, 30km from the facility.
Attractions: This is a cultural and historical village offering fascinating samples of historical battle fields, homesteads , graveyards, and a hunting area featuring Binga village, traditional foods ,wild fruits, traditional artwork and culturally inclined crafts.
Activities –Cultural dances, music experiences, annual bira (cultural festival) for Chiunye village, demonstrations of traditional rituals that used to be conducted long ago in the event of drought, illness, death and burials.
Awareness – Facility is not actively marketed. Mostly patronized by private schools and culture enthusiasts.
Main Challenges: Limited wider community buy in and ownership, political conflicts, facility needs repairs, a number of restoral projects have not been completed, communities harvest firewood and forest resources in the 10hac facility; poor marketing strategy. Some of the constraints include political tensions in the area, poor marketing and thinning clientele, disintegrating cultural artifacts that need refurbishment. The facility is not registered with Zimbabwe Tourism Authority.
Future Prospects: reconstruction of some of the sites that have been destroyed by harsh weather or stray animals, construction of overnight facilities and crafts center. At the moment the project requires funds to renovate the village and training the members in proper business management. Exploring partnership with Mudzi hotel to access more clientele.