MABUKUWENE Update August 2016

Clearing of the invasive weed, LANTANA, is now underway and with the help of Rob Burrett and Mrs Hugill in Bulawayo we will be able to continue work on this historical property in order to attract more visitors for walks and picnics, birding outings. Plans are also proposed to have a cultural village exhibition at the site for the benefit of school children to visit and learn of the local cultural history.

Rhodes Nyanga Historical Exhibition Update August 2016

A number of items have been donated which are always a welcome addition and boost to the existing collection. All donations are much appreciated and acknowledged, as they go towards building what is already a fine collection of memorabilia and history of the area.

Following our gathering at Worlds View on the 23rd April – we met the following day for an Executive Committee Meeting at Rhodes Nyanga Historical Exhibition, which has been greatly boosted by a lot of care and attention over the past two years and is looking very ‘professional’. An enormous THANK YOU to Edone Ann Logan who has been the driving force behind getting the Exhibition into the excellent state it is now in, and to the many very kind and generous donors who have both lent, and given, many artefacts and memorabilia to the Exhibition.

Update August 2016

On the 23rd April 2016, the members at Worlds View, Connemara and Nyanga, together with members of the Executive Committee from Harare, met at Worlds View to inaugurate the newly built little Art Gallery housing an exhibition of landscapes and floral scenes by local artists, toilet block and newly landscaped garden at the site. The cutting of the ribbon was done by our Chairman’s lovely wife, Shirley Scott and drinks and snacks were enjoyed by all in the bright sunshine outside the art gallery – now named the “Gill Honeyman Gallery”, after Gill, who is the Chairman of Worlds View and a resident at Worlds View who does an amazing job of landscaping the area and propagating plants, together with her very knowledgeable gardener Matinara. The event was followed by a delicious lunch with the local members at Gill’s home, set in the natural and indigenous landscape from which she has created a most delightful garden.
The newly inaugurated GILL HONEYMAN ART GALLERY

The newly inaugurated GILL HONEYMAN ART GALLERY

The newly inaugurated GILL HONEYMAN ART GALLERY

The new toilet block at Worlds View

The new toilet block at Worlds View

Our Chairman, David Scott with Gill Honeyman

Our Chairman, David Scott with Gill Honeyman

Fort Gomo Update (Site Visit on 26th April 2016)

On the morning of 26th April 2016, after a good breakfast on the veranda at La Rochelle,


Alistair White (a temporary employee of La Rochelle Country House) and I set out to find Fort Gomo, a National Trust of Zimbabwe site in the Penhalonga area of Zimbabwe (Eastern Highlands region).

Before long, Alistair decided to show me the first nursing services site established in the country. This is a short drive off the Penhalonga Road, very near the start of Penhalonga residences. This is the commemorative plaque at the site:


This is a lovely spot for visitors to La Rochelle to visit and very easy to locate and drive close to. The GPS reading is: (still to extract from my Garmin!!).


There are lovely trees and a small bench looking out over the valley below:


We returned down the hill and travelled down the main road east towards Penhalonga. At the start of Penhalonga alongside the road there is a memorial to the people who gave their lives in the Great War of 1914-8:


We continued through Penhalonga and approximately 20 kilometres beyond there to reach the turn off to Small Bridge Dam. We continued past that turn off along the main road a further 800m’s (approximately) to find a lay-bye on the left of the main road (with concrete benches) where we parked. We looked up to the front and right of the parking and across the road, saw the ruins of Fort Gomo on a small rise alongside the road. We crossed the road and climbed the small hill, a very easy ascent. The area is slightly over-grown but easily traversed. The first sight is the small wall enclosing the summit with a door with a stone lintel:


We entered the summit of the hill to find an area of approximately 20m’s in diameter, with (slightly damaged) built walls on the south and west sides.

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The north and east sides of the summit have steep slopes with evidence of a few small areas of built walls. The 360 degree views from the summit, in all directions, are very pleasant:

Along the tar road, just beyond the Fort Gomo site is a gravel road to the right which one can also use to get to the base of Fort Gomo by turning right there and travelling about 300m’s up that gravel road & turning right onto a small track that leads to the base of Fort Gomo.
There is evidence at the end of that access track of where the NTZ sign must have been located previously at the end of this track. New signage would be required.
The Fort Gomo location, lay-bye and the gravel road intersection is clearly shown in this Google Map image:

The summit has tree cover and would be pleasant for a short stop and perhaps a picnic

We experienced a very pleasant trip through extremely scenic areas and spots. Penhalonga and its surrounding valleys have a rich history from both pre- and post-colonial times.
The trip and Fort Gomo is well worth a visit by people passing through the area or staying at La Rochelle.
J Scott/Alistair White – 26 April 2016

La Rochelle Update August 2016

The property continues to gain much support and praise from all visitors and work is underway to organise various events to attract a wider range of visitors who will view this property not only for its aesthetic appeal but also it’s historical importance for the people of Zimbabwe.

For all enquiries and bookings please contact:


With generous support from a donor, the tropical area in the Dell has been cleaned up and the waterways have been cleared and the section is looking amazing


Please read this very good account from a recent visitor:-


Every single person has places that are important to them. Places they care about. Places that matter. We want to see and celebrate the places that matter to you in Zimbabwe.

This Place Matters is a campaign that seeks to connect people across the country with the places that are most important to their history, and their future.

  • Take photos with the sign at the places that matter most to you and send them to us.

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We would also like to invite you to share your experience after you have visited a National Trust property, either in Zimbabwe or globally.

We look forward to receiving your comments and photographs, thank you.

New: Africa Forum

At the 2015 INTO conference held in Cambridge, UK we are pleased to announce that the Africa Regional Forum was established and that NTZ is a full time member. The new INTO Africa group brings together a vibrant network of African Heritage Organisations that will share ideas and resources, develop a continent-wide voice, promote and influence on African cultural heritage matters.

The NTZ have compiled a draft terms of reference for the Africa Forum that is currently being discussed and finalised through a series of webinars being held across the continent. This is a very exciting development for INTO, NTZ and for the other heritage organisations in Africa.