Depart after breakfast to game drive through Mikumi to the airstrip for the onward flight to the Southern Highlands.
Arriving at the airstrip at the Southern Highlands you will notice the change in temperature as soon as you step out of the plane. At this higher altitude of 2000m the air is cool and refreshing after the dusty and more humid low lands. From the airstrip there is a drive of around 1 hour to the Highland Lodge, this takes you through planted pine forests to the village of Sawala the highest point in the Southern Highlands at 7000ft. From here, you wind up and down through tea fields and natural montane forest which create patchwork effects of light and dark green. The tea is still plucked manually in most areas as the slopes are very steep.
Mufindi is a place to relax, enjoy your surroundings or take some high altitude exercise. Walks are varied, or try horse riding, fishing, golf or tennis; (also croquet, badminton, boules, snooker, canoeing). A highlight for many is a trip around Igoda village, which is cultural experience unlike any other. There is no other tourism in this area, and the development of many community projects in these villages has created a strong relationship between the Foxes and the villagers. The Igoda Children’s Village is a very happy place to visit where children orphaned by HIV/AIDS are cared for; the primary school are always very welcoming to visitors and the children enjoy nothing more than challenging guests to a game of the ubiquitous footie! Being a largely subsistence economy, many traditional methods are still practiced – pit sawing, brick making, basket weaving. The witch doctor is also still an influential member of the community using plants and herbs from the forest for many treatments.
Days at Mufindi are at leisure to enjoy the activities or visit the village projects.