Mutirikwi Lakeshore Lodges introduce boat services
MASVINGO – Mutirikwi Lake Shore Lodges located at Lake Mutirikwi near Masvingo has introduced boat services for its guests and visitors.
The service started with a Dolphin speed boat with a capacity of seven passengers introduced in March this year to address a situation where there were virtually no water sports and entertainment at the 1 378 cubic meter lake in the last 10 or so years.
Mutirikwi is Zimbabwe’s second largest inland dam which in its heydays bustled with tourists coming to visit the Great Zimbabwe Monuments complimented with water sports and viewing at the lake.
Mutirikwi Lake Shore lodges General Manager Kudzai Mateza confirmed the development in an interview with The Mirror adding that another boat, a 20 seater should arrive at the Lake by the end of November this year.
The boat services have boosted arrivals at the lodge as there are now more activities to do when people visit the Lake.
The boat is available on hire or once it has enough passengers to take four seats. The boat is manned by Captain Johane Maswina, an affable tourist practitioner who did the same business for 21 years.
The hire fees is affordable and probably the cheapest at the lake.
The boat is available at 15 minutes, 30 minutes, 45 minutes and one hour interval rates. The 15 and 30 minutes rates take passengers on routes that are close to the shore but the one hour rates will take passengers up to some islands in the lake and to the dam wall, said Captain Maswina.
The speed boat which has a maximum speedometer of 430 notes per hour was introduced in March this year.
Safety is a critical factor hence Mutirikwi Lodges hired an experienced captain. Every passenger who gets into the boat must be on a life jacket and Captain Maswina is a first class first aider.
“We have plans of getting a bigger boat, a 20 seater by the end of November,” said Mateza.
Mutirikwi Lodge, one of the oldest lodges at the lake is about 36 kms from Masvingo City and 10 minutes’ drive from the Great Zimbabwe Monuments. It is right at the shores of the Lake on the western side and seven minutes’ drive from the epic dam wall.
The lodge has 14 chalets and all are brick under thatch. Eleven of those chalets are double storey and they accommodate a maximum of six people. All the chalets have self-catering facilities.
“Our clientele has risen, guests are now looking at some other activities they can’t find elsewhere. They are coming specifically for the boat. Other activities and services on offer include swimming, conference facilities, catering services, braai facilities, fisheries department which is centred on selling fish and ground activities like weddings and parties,” she said.
Mutirikwi Lodge is contactable on numbers 0775 748 576/ 0713 486 331 or [email protected].