at Hillside Dams have been curtailed for some years by the
lack of adequate security and the deterioration of facilities.
With time we hope to restore the area, improving on what
was once there and building new facilities so that the range
of activities can be expected to grow.
several activities can be enjoyed:
secure Trim Track. This was present but needs to be redesigned
Camping. The old Boy Cub camp will be restore for use
by Scouts, Cubs, Girl Guides and other youth associations,
by schools and possibly even tourists and overlanders.
The old tearoom at the Lower Dam will be restructured
to become a restaurant.
Near to this commercial operation it is envisaged that
a small meeting room with the relevant facilities will
be erected for use by businesses and NGOs. After hours
various amateur societies and associations such as the
Boy Scouts will be encouraged to use it.
Also near the restaurant we envisage an open multi-purpose
thatched structure for use for meetings and periodic “morning
markets” where people will be able to sell home
produce and/or craft items.
Nearer the Upper Dam there is nature amphitheatre set
amongst the rocks alongside the main path. We hope to
develop this into a more formal location with simple raked
seating and a speaker’s area. This we hope will
be used for theatre, recitals and book launches –
sorry no politicians here!
Wedding Photographs. We hope to create a pleasant and
secure area where people can have their wedding photographs
taken against a backdrop of some interest. Several locations
have been mooted but we require a clean, easily route
so not to spoil those heavenly white dresses!
An educational trail. Designed with primary schools in
mind this trail will take in both natural and human history.
It is hoped that it will dove-tailed with the differing
requirements of various school syllabi and that schools
from across Bulawayo will be able to use it. The trail
will have simple, non-intrusive markers which will be
reflected in a teacher resource book which will be precirculated
to all schools who book to come along.
simple historical display of the area and Bulawayo in
general will be erected at some accessible, but safe location.
This will be presented in all three official Zimbabwean
languages to be as inclusive as possible.
A small area will be developed into a representative Botanical
Garden to reflect the diversity of trees which grow in
western Zimbabwe. Type specimens of several such trees
not indigenous to the immediate area are already there,
planted by someone with this idea in mind sometime in
the past. These will be added to and the trees will be
Further braaing and picnic spots will be developed at
Ultimately a series of nature trails into the less developed
southern half of the property will be developed. These
will focus on a variety of natural and human features
by way of non-intrusive signs and a booklet. The ultimate
aim is that this section is fenced off and has in addition
safe, small game animals reintroduced.