Exploring Gonarezhou and Chilo Gorge Safari Lodge is not just about safari – take some time to get to know our local communities and their ancient tradition. One unique afternoon activity is an educational visit learning all about the tradition of the wine tapping from the Ilala palm and the distribution thereof. Laced in Mahenye tradition, this traditional form of wine tapping involves digging into the bulb of the palm and collecting the dripping sap in a clay pot, where it is left to ferment, and naturally develops into palm wine. Based on the Chief’s allocation, the plants that get used are alternated, which allows the plants to rest and regrow while it’s not in use.
Guests will drive through Mahenye Village on their way towards the Mozambiquan border where we will meet up with our local wine-tapping expert, part of the Mahenye village.