A wide range of activities is on offer during your stay at Bushman Rock. With 7.5 square kilometres of a wildlife reserve and over 18 species of plains game and smaller mammals, our safari options get you up close to species such as giraffe, buffalo and ostrich. The Nyamasanga River and Theo’s dam provide pristine clear waters ideal for canoeing, sundowner pontoon rides and fishing. The manicured vineyards and working Estate Winery provide tasty wine tasting options and for those more adventurous, the area abounds with Bushman Rock Paintings.
“Safari” means “to journey” and safaris of old were fraught with danger as reserves were traversed by foot and the value of each animal was dependent on its potential danger. In today’s safari practice, tourists and locals alike flock to photograph the majestic animals, birds and trees from the comfort of a safari vehicle. Bushman Rock guides specialise in photographic safaris and, where possible, will position the vehicle for a guest to get the best possible angle. Our guides are also teeming with interesting facts and information about not only the animals, but also the habitat in which they live, making the entire experience unforgettable.
Game walking is an amazing experience. Walk quietly through the diverse arrays of grasses and enjoy the fresh smell of the plains and the prickly heat of the sun. Hike through the granite kopjies and explore the ancient rock forts while you take in the views over the wildlife reserve and indigenous forests. All game walks are led by an experienced guide and are arranged to suit each traveller’s endurance and wishes.
Join our knowledgeable guides on a guided foot tour through the nearby caves adorned with San Rock Paintings. Journey back into Zimbabwe’s ancient history by observing and photographing these ancient rock paintings and join in the discussion of what they could possibly mean. The tours combine the fascinating history of the area with a rich, cultural experience and are a not to be missed.
“Accept what life offers you and try to drink from every cup. All wines should be tasted; some should only be sipped, but with others, drink the whole bottle.”
― Paulo Coelho
A highlight of any trip to Bushman Rock is the Zimbabwean Wine Tasting Experience. Tour the beautiful vineyards with a member of the wine making team and explore the inner workings of the winery while they explain the process of turning grapes into “bottled poetry”. We believe in letting the wine tell its own storey and will take you through the journey of how you “listen to the wine” as it tries to pass on its poetry and secrets.
All Vineyard tours start daily at 1100 and pre-booking is essential. Should you miss this or simply wish to enjoy a few samples of the Estate wines “tasting trays” are available from 1000 to 1500 daily.
There is no better way to spend a few hours than sitting down by Theo’s dam, casting a line for largemouth bass or native bream species. Whether you try with a fly, spinner or the simple garden worm you will be certain to enjoy your time. There are various cleared areas around the lake where fishing from the bank is ideal. While you try to outsmart the fish keep a look out for the fish eagles and over 170 other species of birds located around the dam as well as the various animals that come down for an early morning drink.
Theo’s Lake forms the border between the vineyards and the wildlife reserve, and time seems to stand still as you quietly meander through the reads, looking out for the weavers and perhaps the leguaane (monitor lizard). Explore the 1.2km of waterways and let the quite tranquillity absorb all the stresses of modern life.
Our fibreglass “Canadian” canoes are especially good for manoeuvring through the reads and accessing remote waters where a larger boat wouldn’t work and are a must for the avid fishermen.
On a fine steed, you can ride for days exploring the Miombo and Mushanje woodlands adorned with orchids, water berry and wild fruit, which make generous pickings for eland, sable, kudu, zebra and many other species. Lose yourself as you explore the indigenous forests and surprise vervet monkeys or gallop on the long sandy roads.
Safaris in Africa are an intimate experience: there is simply no better way of taking in the African bush than on horseback. Becoming part of a herd of zebra as they canter across the plains, or quietly approaching a browsing giraffe is a truly amazing feeling. Africa is a very special place, but Africa on horseback is truly magical.
For the less experienced horse riders our team of grooms will be able to take you on a less challenging ride through the vineyards and around the lake and shorter groom led rides are available for younger members of the family (or more apprehensive adult members). Please note that children under 16 must be accompanied by an adult and all children under12 must be led by a groom.