Leopard Rock Hotel, Golf & Casino
Zimbabwe, Eastern Highlands, Manicaland, Mutare
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Zimbabwe's most exclusive resort, Leopard Rock Hotel, Golf & Casino nestle amidst the Vumba Mountains in the Eastern Highlands, a three hour drive from the capital Harare on the border with Mozambique. The crisp mountain air, tropical vegetation and gorgeous scenery provide a unique backdrop to the property. The resort received the visit of HRH Queen Elizabeth II in 1953, who said of Leopard Rock, "There is nowhere more beautiful in Africa and it is clearly one of the special places in the world".
Accommodation at the resort comprise well-appointed guestrooms distributed between the original "Turret" wing, built in the 1940's in the style of a Norman keep, and the new "Casino" wing opened in 1993. Leopard Rock dining offer features fresh seasonal and local produce, while the wine list displays a selection of some of the best South African estate wines. Leopard Rock Casino boasts the most up to date gambling facilities in Zimbabwe, while sport facilities at the resort include a grotto landscaped pool with furnished sun deck, floodlit tennis courts, squash court. A special mention should be made to Leopard Rock Game Reserve, covering 650 acres of highlands.
Leopard Rock Golf Club is one of the best facilities in Southern Africa. Sweeping through some glorious scenery, this championship course was designed by South African Matkovich & Hayes Golf Course Architects, whose leitmotiv is "Listen to Land - God and nature shape our designs". Carved out of the "Mountains in the Mist", the layout enjoys breath-taking views across mountains and valleys to the plains below and Mozambique. A round of golf in Harare, gateway to Leopard Rock, is also highly recommended as the capital boasts several excellent courses and the home clubs of such golf legends as David Leadbetter and Nick Price.
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Leopard Rock Hotel & Casino
Accommodation at the resort comprise well-appointed guestrooms distributed between the original "Turret" wing, built in the 1940's in the style of a Norman keep, and the new "Casino" wing opened in 1993. Leopard Rock dining offer features fresh seasonal and local produce, while the wine list displays a selection of some of the best South African estate wines.
Leopard Rock Casino boasts the most up to date gambling facilities in Zimbabwe, featuring American Roulette and Black Jack as well as jackpot slot and poker machines imported from Las Vegas. The facility is run by professional croupiers and complemented by a cocktail bar.
Sport facilities at the resort include a grotto landscaped pool with furnished sun deck, floodlit tennis courts, squash court and fitness room with sauna. A special mention should be made to Leopard Rock Game Reserve, covering 650 acres of highlands rising from 2500 to 4000 feet with a wide range of terrain and vegetation. Observation platforms, trails and horse rides allow visitors to discover the rich flora and fauna of Zimbabwe Eastern Highlands. A visit to the nearby Vumba Botanical Gardens and Vumba National Park further enhance the discovery of this beautiful corner of Africa.
4 Star Golf Resort & Casino
58 Rooms & Suites distributed between the original Turret wing and the new Casino wing
All rooms are equipped with wall to wall carpeting, smoke detector & sprinkler system, safety deposit box, direct dial telephone, satellite TV and 13amp 220 volt plugs • Bathrooms with shower, bath and hair dryer • Some rooms have balconies • All suites have minibars
Wi-Fi satellite connection • 24 Hour room service • Laundry/ Valet service • Concierge Desk • Boutique • Billiard Room
Conference Room (80 people) + Boardroom (20 people) • AV equipment
La Roche (Table d'hôte) • The Conservatory (á la carte) • The Terrace (al fresco light meals and teas) • Golf Clubhouse (Sports bar) • Napoleon's Bar
Leopard Rock Casino
Zimbabwe's most up to date gambling facilities • American Roulette & Black Jack tables • Slot & Poker Machines • Jackpot • Baccarat Bar
Outdoor swimming pool with furnished sun deck • Floodlit Tennis & Squash courts • Bowling green • Gymnasium & Sauna • Leopard Rock Game Reserve (Nature trails & Horseback riding)
Leopard Rock Golf Resort
• Championship Course
Peter Matkovich (1993) 18 holes - 6,164 m. - Par 71
USPGA Standards & specifications
Travel Awards 2000 "Best Golf Course in Africa/Middle East"
Leopard Rock Golf Club is one of the best facilities in Southern Africa. Sweeping around the hotel and through some glorious scenery, the championship course was designed by South African Matkovich & Hayes Golf Course Architects, whose leitmotiv is "Listen to Land - God and nature shape our designs". They used to the best the indigenous vegetation and topography as a feature of the layout while hundreds of trees and plants endemic to the Vumba ecosystem were added. Carved out of the "Mountains in the Mist", the layout enjoys breath-taking views across mountains and valleys to the plains below and Mozambique.
Golf in Zimbabwe
A round of golf in Harare, gateway to Leopard Rock, is also highly recommended as the capital boasts several excellent courses and the home clubs of such golf legends as David Leadbetter and Nick Price.
• Royal Harare Golf Club
Founded 1898 & Redesigned by Nick Price in 1997
Host to the Zimbabwe Open and Zimbabwe’s premier course, it was founded at the turn of the century and inaugurated in 1898 by Lady Milton. It is considered a one of the best 50 courses outside the USA. The elegant clubhouse and general atmosphere at Royal Harare reminds on of colonial days. In the city’s green northern suburbs, the course championship layout is set in wooded parkland that is rich in birdlife and grazing antelope. The National Botanical Gardens are just across the road and the course itself is like a botanical garden too.
• Chapman Golf Club
Founded 1928 & Redesigned by Peter Matkovich in 1995
Home club of David Leadbetter - Host to the Zimbabwe Open
Home club of guru golf teachers David Leadbetter, who played off a five-handicap, Chapman Golf Club presents the golfer with a fantastic challenge in beautiful surroundings. Not only does the tributary of Mkuvisi River enhance the beauty of the course, but it also provides added obstacles for the unsuspected golfer. The club is home of the Zimbabwe Open, where each year Nick price gets a warm welcome form his fellow countrymen.
Mutare & Harare
For a small, landlocked country in southern Africa, Zimbabwe offers an astounding variety of natural beauty and spectacular scenery. Known as Rhodesia during colonial times, the country holds great appeal for active adventurers, outdoor enthusiasts and those with an appreciative eye for exquisite beauty - from the majesty of the famous Victoria Falls, to the giant marble-like boulders of the Motopo Hills, the verdant mountains of the Eastern Highlands and the national parks teeming with wildlife to the country's impressive capital city, Harare.
Known as 'the sunshine city', Harare is the gateway to the country's many attractions. Recent turmoil in Zimbabwe cast a dark shadow on the city, with fuel and food shortages affecting tourism and day to day life. However, the Zimbabwe situation has improved of late and the shortages have abated, making it an attractive travel destination once again.
Beautiful residential areas surround the city centre, which boasts some wonderful galleries and museums showcasing local culture and heritage, some of the most popular being the National Gallery, the Dendera Gallery and the Queen Victoria Museum. Not far out of town, the Ruwa Sculpture Gallery is also worth a visit. Borrowdale Village is a quaint complex offering a variety of shops, restaurants, pubs and nightclubs - an excellent place to spend the day (or night!) while on holiday.
Other Harare shopping centres include Westgate, which has a great movie theatre, and the Eastgate Shopping Mall, located in the CBD. When not sipping cappuccinos at a café in the village, the local residents often go to the Harare Sports Club to watch cricket or rugby. Golf is another favourite pastime, with some fantastic courses based in the city, as well as a couple of fun putt courses.
Mutare is the fourth largest city in Zimbabwe, with a population of around 170,000, and the capital of Manicaland province. Mutare was founded in 1897 as a fort, about 8 km from the border with Mozambique and just 290 km from the Mozambican port of Beira, earning Mutare the title of "Zimbabwe's Gateway to the Sea" - There is a border railway station on the railway line from Harare to Beira. Mutare is also the "Gateway to the Eastern Highlands". Worth a visit are Mutare National Museum, Vumba Botanical Gardens and Vumba National Park in the Eastern Highlands
Address & Contact
Leopard Rock Hotel, Golf & Casino
PO Box 1322
Tel: +263 (20) 60115/60171
Cell: +263 (772) 100790-4
Vumba Mountains, Eastern Highlands
32 km. from Mutare and a 3 hour drive SE of Harare, Zimbabwe capital and gateway
Harare International Airport (HRE)
All year (Hotel & Golf)
Tropical, tempered by the altitude. Perfect golf conditions all year round