By Justin Salani
Green is a restful and quiet colour. It symbolises nature, and is also associated with immortality. Some see green as a natural healer, a symbol of good health and wealth.
Covid-19 related lockdowns have brought psychological challenges to some, heebie-jeebies and insurmountable emotional disorders. However, the ever-green lowveld expansive sugarcane plantations can bring tranquil before one gets to Chishakwe, the Northern half of the Save Valley Conservancy.
For the love of the green colour, wet summers are the best to visit Chishakwe for one to experience a pristine, dense vegetation cover with high biotic and genetic diversity and a splendours terrain. Chishakwe straddles some of the most beautiful and diverse bushes, and is home to a wide range of both animal and bird species.
Activities on Chishakwe include bird watching, fishing, bush walks and game viewing. Upmarket, classy accommodation available includes the Hunter’s House which can accommodate at least eleven people with a walled swimming pool nearby. Most impressive is the five-bedroomed River Camp with a private swimming pool and ensuite bathrooms. Self-catering accommodation is also available, ideal for group travellers and families.
From Chishakwe, one can also visit Gunundwe and Matendere under Save Safaris in the Save Valley Conservancy. The destination is known for a prolific bird population and a number of wildlife species. The camps consist of thatched chalets with bathrooms en-suite, and are powered by generators.
Although the wet season is characterised by alluring vegetation cover, the dry season can also be ideal for game viewing. The deciduous indigenous Savannah grassed with tufts and thickened by trees with gnarled barks would have shed their leaves, something advantageous for game viewing. Most ephemeral sources of water would have dried up, making it easy to have a close range view of animals at perennial sources. See also….