ALL IN A NAME – THE MEANING OF MBANO
Derived from the local Shona culture, the Mbano name and indeed the hotel itself, is deeply influenced by a cultural awareness of the region. As one of the ethnic groups of Southern Africa, the Shona are a clan of agnatically (male descendant) related kinsmen and women who are descended from a common founding ancestor, each identified by a totem (mutupo in Shona), and a praise name (chidawo).
The use of totems identifies the different clans that made up the ancient civilisations and dynasties of the Shona people (approximately AD1250). Today, people are still being identified by their respective totems. Mbano is our proud totem name.
Seasoned hotelier and businesswoman Mati Nyazema is the founder and driving force behind the Mbano vision.
Inspired by a childhood visit to Victoria Falls with her family, Mati views Mbano hotel as a place to celebrate success, nature and a rich cultural heritage.
Mbano Manor Hotel Director & Owner Mati Nyazema on a memorable family visit to Victoria Falls in circa 1967 with her father the late EPC Rukanzakanza and sister Pet Joy (left).