|The Joys of Namizimu
Namizimu is Yao territory, and in the native tongue the name Namizimu
means "the place of the spirits". Our guests often comment
on the good energy they feel at this special place.
Mountain Springs & Rock Pools
High mountain springs are the secret to the oasis feeling of Namizimu
Forest. Our private perennial spring generously pours out enough cool
clean water for drinking, luxurious bathing and garden irrigation.
At 3,000 feet, Namizimu Estate offers a cooler and refreshing climate,
especially welcome when temperatures rise down on the lakeshore.
Perched high, looking west, Namizimu receives a splendid sunset every
evening. Blessed with nature's choice of sunset viewing platforms
in the form of boulders and cliffs, guests can enjoy a sun downer
from the khonde or cliff top, or perhaps select a more secluded space
for meditation or yoga.
Just 13 degrees south of the equator, the sun is hot and overhead
most of the year, creating ideal conditions for solar powered systems.
During the day, our various solar collectors provide a continuous
stream of hot spring water for baths and showers. Some of this is
stored in insulated tanks for evening use. A modest bank of photovoltaic
panels provides a little evening lighting and allows for the charging
of phones, etc.
Most visitors find enough enjoyment relaxing in the garden and walking
the woodland paths within the estate. We maintain a network of several
kilometres of paths for enjoyable strolls through the forest garden.
Many longer walks such as the climb up to Uzuzu peak will take a good
hour or two depending on how much time is taken photographing the
tremendous views. For those more adventurous, the Namizimu Forest
Reserve stretches northwards offering almost a thousand square kilometers
of forested mountain range to explore.
See the Activities page for more information about this and other walks.