Hwange National Park
Zimbabwe’s premier national park
Unique safari experience
It doesn’t take long to discover that Zimbabwe’s wildlife experiences remain some of Africa’s best. Zimbabwe has some of the most pristine and well-managed wildlife areas and the largest is Hwange National Park – Zimbabwe’s flagship wildlife park.
Formerly occupied by the San Bushmen, the Nhanzw, and latterly the royal hunting ground for Matabele king, Mzilikazi, the area was finally gazetted for wildlife conservation in 1928.
A photographers paradise!
Covering a staggering 14,651 square kilometres in western Zimbabwe (near to Victoria Falls) this National Park offers close encounters with as many as 100 species of mammals and nearly 400 different species of birds that have been recorded.
This amazing spectacle is only possible due to the vast expanses of Kalahari sands and the diversity of different habitats that occur within the park. From savannah woodland, teak forests, camelthorn stands and open grassy planes, there is a home for everything and a spectacle for everyone who visits.
The best wildlife viewing is in the drier months from June through to October when the animals are driven to the “pumped” waterholes rather than spreading out around the vast park.
However, all year round there is always a hive of activity in the park. In the green season there is fantastic birding and the vleis teem with wobbly legged baby animals and usually a predator is not far behind.
Game drives are the ultimate and most quintessential experience in Africa. It is, typically, where you’ll get a chance to see wildlife in their true habitat.
Zimbabwe is one of the best value of birding destinations in Africa. It boasts more the 400 species throughout the country, making it an essential country to visit.
Walking safaris completely change your outlook on wildlife, birds, insects and the wilderness that surrounds you. On foot, you become part of the bush and its ways. Exceptionally high guiding standards due to a rigorous training programme make this a top destination for seasonal walking safaris.
Safari Lodges in Hwange National Park
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This camp is in the north-west of Hwange in a quiet corner of the park where there are not many other operators. A permanent camp with only eight canvas and thatch lodges all overlooking a waterhole that always seems alive with some sort of activity or another. The rooms are basic but very comfortable especially when the main emphasis of this camp is on the professional guiding and your experience in the bush as opposed to the luxury element of the camp.
All the comforts are there but be prepared not to spend much time in your room or chilling around the camp. Activities focus on walking and 4×4 game drives both morning and afternoon.
However should you catch the scent or tracks of a predator, the walk or drive continues until everyone is satisfied – the guides are passionate and will not let you off lightly!
It’s the experience that they want to share with you so get your walking shoes on and your water in hand – you are on a true wildlife safari here!
If you would like a combined tented camp and walking safari we highly recommend 2 nights Hwange Bush Camp, 2 nights walking and sleeping in their Fly-Camp and end off with 2 nights in luxury at Camp Hwange. This way you get the best of all that this part of Hwange has to offer.
Davison’s Camp lies deep in Hwange National Park, in the south-eastern Linkwasha Concession – one of the most prolific wildlife areas in Hwange.
This is a classic African tented camp, with eight tents and one family unit tastefully hidden beneath a grove of false mopane trees
All overlooking an open plain and a productive waterhole.
The main area comprises a spacious lounge and dining room which leads out onto a fabulous pine deck and an open campfire area.
The refreshing pool also looks out over the waterhole, while a small upper deck is an ideal location from which to watch wildlife by day and gaze at the stars by night.
Once a historical picnic site, Deteema Springs Camp rests on the shoulder of a small rise which offers views of a set of springs on one side and the Deteema dam on the other side of the camp. The seeps offer a permanent water source for the wildlife that visit and attracts the famous elephant herds synonymous to Hwange National Park.
Plains game, African wild dogs, lion and leopard are common sightings around camp and quite often you do not need to leave the camp to see it…. the wildlife comes to you !!
Each of the 8 eco-lucury canvas tents is positioned on elevated decks offering guests privacy, comfort and sweeping views. The camp has been designed so that the tents blend into background leaving the visiting animals to be the stars of the show.
Linkwasha is situated in a private concession in one of the best locations in Hwange.
It is found near the famed Ngamo Plains that is a magnet for game seeking to drink from the waterhole in front of the camp.
Linkwasha overlooks a pan that is a magnet for game seeking to quench its thirst.
The camp is an eclectic mix of contemporary interiors and Ndebele culture, its nine luxurious tents (eight twins and one family) overlooking the scenic plain.
The main area includes various multi-level viewing decks, a cosy library and an inviting swimming pool.
Little Makalolo Camp
Little Makalolo lies in the heart of Hwange National Park, in one of its best game viewing areas, overlooking a vibrant waterhole.
It offers privacy for guests who enjoy small camps and a sense of remoteness. The camp’s six traditional-style tents – including a family unit – are spacious and en-suite, with indoor and outdoor showers.
Solar power is used for water, ensuring a lighter environmental footprint.
The pool is a fantastic addition, especially for those hot summer days.
There is a log-pile hide overlooking the waterhole in front of camp which is home to a “Noahs Ark” parade of animals as they come down to quench their thirst.
Sable Sands Camp
Sable Sands has 11 traditionally thatched rondavels. Part of the ancient royal hunting grounds of King Lobengula, the lodge was been visited by Her Royal Highness, QE2, and Prince Phillip in 1991. The bedrooms have a private terrace and ensuite bathroom making your rondavel the perfect blend of ancient culture, nature and modern convenience.
Live and experience the wonder of this amazing forest and vlei which keeps surprising everyone, every day, every season. Each creature holding a promise of natural discovery, adventure, joy and beauty.
Nestled in a stunning location tucked away on an acacia island along the edge of an ancient seasonal flood plain, Somalisa provides guests with breath-taking views of the savannah plains across the famous Kennedy Vlei line.
Recently re-built, Somalisa Camp has upgraded its level of accommodation to that of complete comfort and luxury whilst still maintaining its focus on the guiding and hosting of guests to ensure the ultimate guest experience.
The main decking area includes split level decking with a separate lounge and dining area, as well as a small splash pool for guests overlooking the “Elephant Pool” and a natural waterhole where herds of game congregate to drink and where guests can relax whilst soak in the African bush.
Activities include guided walks lead by qualified and passionate guides who will share their knowledge and love of the bush with you.
Somalisa Expeditions is set in the heart of Hwange National Park and is known as the land of the giants for its big elephant herds. As an exact replica of the original Somalisa Camp, Somalisa Expeditions offers one of the most authentic ways to experience this exceptional wildlife haven. Nestled under an incredible grove of Acacias, along the edge of a seasonal flood plain.
Somalisa Expeditions’ main area includes a lounge and dining area on raised decking which overlooks a small pool, which elephants have become habituated to drinking out of.
Add to this, the water hole is frequently used as a ‘mud-bath’ and a popular rendezvous for the elephants. The up-close encounters and photographic opportunities with these majestic animals is endless.
Consisting of six elegantly furnished Meru Style Tents, each tent has en suite bathroom facilities including flush toilets and an outdoor shower. Activities include guided walks lead by qualified and passionate guides who will share their knowledge and love of the bush with you.
Wildlife sighting includes elephant, kudu, sable antelope, zebra, wildebeest, gemsbok, the rare and endangered roan antelope, buffalo, giraffe, lion, leopard, hyena and many other wildlife species.
The Hide Safari Camp
The Hide’s luxury tented suites are uniquely styled along classic lines with a contemporary twist, all are spacious and bathed in natural light. Life in the bush is not just about searching for the big game.
It is just as much about waking to the chorus of robins and hornbills as the rosy dawn light creeps across the bedspread.
It’s about sitting quietly on the verandah to watch the comings and goings of kudu, giraffe, elephant and many more at the waterhole.
And, of course, at the end of a full day, there’s that long soak in a hot bath under the stars and the warm bed where you’ll curl up and listen to the sounds of the African night.
Only opening her doors in May 2018, this camp is based on a private concession in a teak forest within the borders of the National Park. There are 10 expansive suites shaded by the teak trees overlooking a superb grassy plain and waterhole. Our highlight in this camp is the open plan kitchen and the interactive dining.
The chef is a personality to note, and his meals match his wonderful friendly character. The vehicles are extremely comfortable and spacious and the guides are of the normal Zimbabwe high standard.
Game drives take you to a very different part of the National Park and because of the private concession, you are kept hidden away from the other vehicles that visit the public waterholes – giving you the best of both worlds.
Due to the private concession, this camp is able to offer night drives and stargazing evenings too!
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