Disconnect and Connect at Hidden Rocks

Article and Images by Lesanne Dunlop

Hidden Rocks, nestled amongst Msasa trees on the side of a beautiful granite rock face, could also be called ‘Hidden Gem’.  A unique location, spectacular vistas and the fact that one cannot help but connect with nature while there, makes this an enchanting escape.  The short drive from Harare to Juliasdale will get you out of the office and into the bush in no time!

Too often, we travel far and wide to experience a ‘break’, supposedly taking time out to relax, enjoy, and spend quality time with our family and loved ones, only to end up wasting countless hours on the phone, checking our emails, Whatsapp and social media. Chained to work, or our desire to post on Instagram, one rarely connects with the world around, savouring the special memories made at that moment in time.

Hidden Rocks is basic, but charming in its simplicity and this is exactly what makes it so special. The best option on offer is an inviting, self-catering cottage built into the surrounding granite rock face. A cozy double story with a loft-style bedroom upstairs, a quaint kitchen, lounge and bathroom below, as well as a much needed fireplace to cuddle up around in the chilly evenings. This is the perfect romantic cocoon for a couple, or a fun escape for the family.

Alternative accommodation offered at Hidden Rocks includes a simple rondavel with a private braaing area. This is the cheaper option and a giant leap from camping but without the amenities of the cottage. A lovely campsite is also available, which has a spotless ablution block, large fire pit, and a great ‘chill out’ thatched hut with a massive fireplace and very comfortable couches to read books, chat and drink wine. This option is recommended for groups of friends and those looking for a bit more of an adventure!  There is also a fantastic bar, with arguably the best view in the whole of the Eastern Highlands, where you can de-stress with a beer. Emma, who has recently taken over the place is happy to serve you a cold one, and is wonderful company as well!

Whether its hiking through the pristine forest of msasas, trout fishing in the nearby lake, a few rounds of golf, or early morning yoga, there are so many things you can do whilst staying at Hidden Rocks that will truly help you relax, unwind, and, more importantly, disconnect.

If you would like to know more about this wonderful spot, you can get in touch with Emma on girlfridayzim@gmail.com

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