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Aberfoyle Country Club

Accommodation at the Aberfoyle Country Club on the next door tea estate, now under the management of Lynn and Mike Wicksteed (ex Rhodes ex La Rochelle) is both comfortable and affordable (click here for prices). With its restored nine hole golf course, a squash court, tennis court, full size billliard table, bar and dining room, all set amid the verdant tropical greens of the tea gardens, Aberfoyle offers an ideal place to stay when you visit the Gleneagles Mountain Reserve. And lots to do for those who like a few holes of golf or a game of squash or snooker as well as hiking and birding in the mountains...

A view of the 1st and 2nd holes of the golf course from the club.

A view of the club from the west. The edge of the golf course and the oil palms (palm nut vultures!) at the bottom left of the picture.

The club pool, facing west, with the Mountain Reserve in the background. The building on the left is the billiards room, and the bedroom block is downhill, to the right.

Aberfoyle prices as at January 2000

Double/twin room and bath, dinner bed and breakfast, per person per night, Z$800.

Single supplement, Z$100.

Lunch bar menu, $100 to $150 approx.

Packed lunches $65

Aberfoyle Country Club is on the Honde Valley tea estate and shares a common boundary with the Reserve, and the Club is only a few minutes from Gleneagles. Our guides will be happy to meet any club patrons and arrange their detailed birding or hiking requirements. You are only 800 metres above sea level here (Harare is 1 540 metres) so the weather is usually much warmer than Harare, particularly in winter (June - July). In spite of this you may need a jersey in the evening. Dress is casual, but gentlemen usually wear long trousers after 6:30 pm. Malaria is present in the Honde Valley, so apart from long trousers or slacks, a deterrent spray for your wrists and ankles is a good idea, and remember to take a prophylactic such as Deltaprim.

There are no telephones in the bedrooms at the Aberfoyle Club, but there is a cordless telephone which will be brought to you if you wish to make or receive calls, so friends can reach you there. The number is Hauna (028) 384 or 385.

A visit to the Eastern Highlands tea factory can usually be arranged if you are interested, so why not try your hand at tea tasting during your stay?


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