Mawenje Lodge

Client / Owner | Leslie & Wally Johnson
Team Members | Mattinson Associates Ltd.
Project Type | New Construction
Building Type | Mountain Lodge
Building Size | 1,860m2
Location | Chimanimani, Zimbabwe
Status | Completed
Photographer | Carlos Dominguez


A Mountain Lodge that is sensitive to the surroundings and blends in with the landscape by using natural locally sourced materials and careful setting of buildings on site. It consists of a main recreation building housing administration, restaurant, lounges, bar and support facilities linked by timber bridges to private guest accommodation with en-suite bathrooms located over the Heroni River.

“The design that Mattinson Associates came up with was excellent and fitted perfectly into the environment. It utilized the natural stone found in the area, timber from a saw mill a few miles away for all bespoke windows and doors, and local thatch for the roofing. Their attention to detail was most creative in that the constraints of the location meant that the materials used and detailing had to be inventive and creative. My husband and I were delighted with the building when it was complete and found it to be a comfortable and user-friendly space to entertain many tourists.”
Wally & Leslie Johnson