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Norma Jeane’s Lake View Resort

Norma Jeane’s Lake View Resort

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Norma Jeane’s Lakeview Resort, overlooking the peaceful Lake Mutirikwi, offers pleasant and friendly accommodation reminiscent of colonial times, near the Great Zimbabwe Monument, one of Zimbabwe’s most well-known tourist attractions.

Norma Jeane’s Lakeview Resort was formerly known as Inn on Great Zimbabwe and is known for its beautiful gardens, home-style cooking, comfortable accommodation and friendly service. Norma Jeane’s Lakeview Resort is part of the history of the area, as it is built around the tin-roofed homestead of Murray MacDougal, the man responsible for the building of Lake Mutirikwi (previously known as the Kyle Dam). This dam, the third largest in Zimbabwe, was built to provide much-needed water for the vast agricultural irrigation developments surrounding Masvingo in the south eastern part of the country. The perfect location of Norma Jeane’s Lakeview Resort shows that, apart from dam construction abilities, Mr MacDougal certainly had an eye for a great spot!

Norma Jeane’s Lakeview Resort provides a choice of accommodation near the Zimbabwe Ruins World Heritage Site – perfect as a first or last stop-over in Zimbabwe if you are travelling to or from South Africa. 

Room Types

We have 8 hotel rooms (with dining and lounge facilities), and 4 fully equipped self-catering ( self contained ) family lodges. Both hotel rooms and self-catering ( self contained ) chalets are en-suite, and all have private balconies with views across Lake Mutirikwi. The décor of the hotel rooms and self-catering ( self contained ) accommodation at Norma Jeane’s Lakeview Resort is unassuming, yet stylish and all the rooms are spotless. In addition, we offer 9 budget rooms with communal ablutions, kitchen and braai facilities. Full camping facilities include an all-weather boma.

Exterior Deluxe hotel room

Our emphasis is on luxury accomodation for the more discerning visitor, offering fully furnished and equipped self catering lodges (ideal for fishing weekends) and luxury hotel rooms. 




Deluxe Double Room

Both hotel rooms and self-catering ( self contained ) chalets are en-suite, and all have private balconies with views across Lake Mutirikwi.





Self Catering Family Room

Norma Jean's Lakeview Resort self-catering ( self contained ) accommodation is on the same premises as the hotel.





Our Restaurant 

Our restaurant serves delicious, home-style full breakfasts and a la carte lunches. Dinnertime will remind you of the Sunday feasts of your childhood and is a set menu. Meet fellow guests in the residents’ lounge at Norma Jeane’s Lakeview Resort and listen to their impressions of the nearby Great Zimbabwe Monument as well as the other attractions in the Masvingo area in Zimbabwe. Wireless internet connection is also offered.  

Things to do at Norma Jeane's Lake View Resort

Although the purpose of staying with us is obviously to explore the Great Zimbabwe World Heritage Site, guests also have the use of a swimming pool, tennis court and volleyball pitch. These are a short 2 minute walk from the main hotel complex. There are also two curio shops, where you can buy interesting gifts for friends and family back home.

Guided Monument Tour

We also offer a number of guided tours to the Great Zimbabwe monument, with expert guides explaining the origins and history and eventual decline of the city, the various trading routes as well as religious and social practices of the once thriving community in Zimbabwe.



Boat Cruise 

Enjoy your sundowner during a romantic sunset cruise on Lake Mutirikwi. With a little luck you can spot hippos and kudu as well as many species of birdsThe sunset boat cruise specially appeals to bird lovers and wildlife enthusiasts as various bird species are found on the lake. A sunset cruise on Lake Mutirikwi is an unforgettable experience.  



Game drive 

You can also visit the nearby Lake Mutirikwi for a peaceful cruise or fishing, or go on a game drive in the Lake Mutirikwi Recreational Park. Guests can on these  trips can see some of the local wildlife including white rhinoceros, hippo, crocodile and various antelopes




Norma Jeane’s Lake View Resort Rates

Our rates are not just about the level of accommodation or the thread count of the linen. They encompass elements that cannot be counted or measured, such as exclusive access to a wildlife sanctuary. This  private land, creates a unique sense of seclusion, comfort, privacy and space. In turn, your presence helps us in the conservation of these areas.

Norma Jearne's Lake View Resort can be booked on a full board rate.

Our rates include:

  • Accommodation
  • Breakfast
  • Laundry

Our rates exclude: 

  • Premium imported drinks
  • Champagne
  • Transfers to the hotel


Please Note: The Rates are Per Person Per Night Sharing








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