|Twin Rivers Inn is Karoi’s jewel|
|Friday, 14 September 2012 00:00|
THE road serpentines up and down Mapinga, breaks into patches of hairpin curves, rises and blinds, then crosses a level rail crossing, giving way to vast swathes of tinder dry grass. Outbreaks of veld fires tell the story of irresponsible behaviour, among farmers as we bury one rustic farm settlement after another, until we get to Karoi town.
It is about mid-morning on Saturday and we sit on a lush green lawn under a tall exotic tree, wondering what its name is.
A colleague of mine tries to explore the meaning of an epitaph of a witch skilfully gliding on a sweeping broom, that we had just seen 10km before.
I chug down a Coke and tell him that the insignia introduces the small but rather sleepy town of Karoi (the small witch) that stretches for less than a kilometre on both sides of the highway before once again giving way to the territorial tinder-dry savannah grasslands.
High up the tree, a pair of crows, with their distinctive white collars on black feathers, performs a squeaky duet, tossing back their heads in a piercing raspy melody.
Suddenly, a convoy of vehicles screeches to a rattling halt on the gravel in front of the Inn.
We wonder what is happening, only to learn that it is the order of the day. No discerning traveller drives past Twin River Inn, in Karoi, without stopping for food or drink.
In the hour or so we sat there, it was the case of vehicle after vehicle driving in and out.
This emerald green lung of comfort, ambience and tranquillity, with decorum of white painted stones that juxtapose themselves with sculptures of the Kariba river god the Nyaminyami — has become the perfect stop -over for those travelling along the Harare-Kariba or Harare-Chirundu Road.
Girded by two magnificent rivers on both sides, the Twin River Inn is the perfect stopover, either for the night or for a short rest and refreshments.
It is between the rivers venue that can easily be adjudged the best hotel in Mashonaland West outside the resort town of Kariba.
Run by the Matsika family who took it over from the Young husband family who relocated to Australia in 2004, the Twin River Inn has 20 charmingly unpretentious rooms, all of them en suite.
The rooms are carefully decorated to give the African theme but it is the executive room, the Royal Korekore Room, which is the most fascinating with its decoration of handicraft, that include wooden masks.
This room in particular gives the touch of the Korekore tribe that is dominant in Mashonaland West.
The inn has a conference room that can accommodate 150 delegates and a takeaway that operates from 6am to 6pm.
The Carolines Restaurant and Dubble Puddle Bar are readily available for those who wish to eat or drink.
The inn uses borehole water. Those in love with nature can also benefit from a synergy between the inn and Vhuka Farm, which rears lions and the Flamboyant Farm, which breeds crocodiles. The inn takes visitors on tours to those many places for their amusement.
The Twin River Inn is certainly the perfect stopover the next time you drive through the province.