Hwange National Park (formerly Wankie) is Named after a local Nhanzwa chief, It became the royal hunting grounds to the Ndebele warrior-king Mzilikazi in the early 19 th century. Hwange was founded around 1928 by a 22-year-old game ranger, “Ted Davidson”.
Hwange National Park is the largest Park in Zimbabwe occupying roughly 14 650 square kilometers. It is located in the northwest corner of the country about 1 ½ to 2 hours south of the mighty Victoria Falls. The park is close to the edge of the Kalahari desert, a region with little water and very sparse, xerophile vegetation.
The Park hosts 105 mammal species, including 19 large herbivores and eight large carnivores. As well as over 400 bird species. All Zimbabwe’s specially protected animals are to be found in Hwange and it is the only protected area where gemsbok and brown hyena occur in reasonable numbers. The population of African painted dogs to be found in Hwange is thought to be of one of the largest surviving groups in Africa today. Elephants have been enormously successful in Hwange and the population has increased too far above that naturally supported by such an area.
There are several privately owned safari lodges & camps within Hwange national park and surrounding areas such as:- Camp Hwange, Davidson’s, Forever safaris, Ganda Lodge, Ivory Lodge, Little Makololo, Miombo Camp, Nehimba, Somalisa Acacia & Somalisa camp & The Hide.
There are also 3 national parks camps as well who all offer camping & self catering facilities.
Hwange Main Camp:, is situated at the main entrance to the Park. There are numerous pans and pumped waterholes around Main Camp and the area is rich in game.
Sinamatella Camp: Established in 1966, this part of the Park was a former cattle ranch. The camp is located near the northern boundary of the Park on an outcrop, 55 metres high, overlooking a distant riverbed and grassy plain. The name Sinamatella is a distortion of the name of a local shrub called “chinamatira” which characteristically will stick to clothing when brushed against.
The Camp is approximately 120 kilometres from Main Camp. Vehicles are not allowed to travel between the two camps after 1400 hours. Sinamatella is an Intensive Protection Zone (IPZ) for Black Rhino.
Robins Camp. Is close to the western boundary of Hwange approximately 60 kilometress from Sinamatella and 140 from the Main Camp. Through traffic from Main Camp is required to leave by 1200 hours. This camp was bequeathed to the government in 1939 by a local farmer, Harold Robins. This camp is seasonal and closed during the rainy season.
Bomani Tented Lodge
Situated in the Ngamo forest Area, within our 5000 acre private reserve, Bomani Tented Lodge is a mere 5 minute drive from our own private gate into Hwange National Park. Our main lodge overlooks Bomani Pan and comprises of an open dining room, bar area and lounge, built on a spectacular viewing platform. You can enjoy your breakfast whilst watching zebra and wildebeest quietly graze, or sip a sun downer as giraffe and elephant soak up the day’s final rays. Our friendly and knowledgeable guides will take you on walks or drives in the park where you will see a plethora of different wildlife in a truly wild and remote region of the park. Whether you’re after the perfect honeymoon destination, or an adventure safari away from the crowds, you need look no further. Choose from tents raised on teak platforms overlooking the vlei or ground level tents in front of the lodge waterhole.
Our new flag ship lodge is nestled in a patch of pristine woodland just west of Ngamo on the edge of the South Eastern corner of Hwange National Park. The lodge is unique in its style and design and has as its centre piece a huge ancient Camelthorn tree. On the edge of the Ngamo Plain, and strategically placed to explore the remote and unspoilt south eastern portion of the park, Camelthorn will also provide a spectacular wilderness experience. Less than a kilometre away from the lodge we have built an underground blind in front of a beautifully located waterhole in the park. Camouflaged as a termite heap and buried under an ancient Mitswiri tree – the photographic opportunities from it are dramatic. Elephants can be photographed from toe level silhouetted against the sky at a distance of 25 feet – and such close proximity to Hwange’s huge bulls is honestly breath-taking.
Camp Hwange is situated on a private concession deep in Sinamatella area which is in the north of Hwange National Park. Camp Hwange is a 3 hour drive from Victoria Falls. One hour being on a very good tarred road and the final two hours, through the National Park.
We can accommodate 16 guests’ at one time in eight well-spaced rooms. The accommodation is in large thatched Chalets with canvas and gauze sides which all over look a large water hole. En-suite flushing toilets with solar heated showers. The lighting in the tents are run on solar power making good use of all our sunshine and also lowering our environmental foot print.
The main living area includes a dinning, bar and lounge area with an open air fire pit with incredible view of the stars.
Our wholesome cuisine includes a good selection of meats, vegetables and fruits. We can cater for vegetarians or anyone with food allergies.
Our activities are centred on game drives and walks or a combination of the two. We are able to conduct these activities on our private concession and also in the park as a whole. Walks are especially exciting and our guides pride themselves on their knowledge of the big and small things that make up the environment. We also offer night drives on our concession and this can be a good time to see some of the more nocturnal species. There are a number of water holes in the area that attached a lot of animals and birdlife in to drink.
Camp Hwange is a very intermit camp, perfect for guests who want a truly wilderness experience and a wonderful feeling of being in large open areas.
Davidson’s Camp lies deep in Hwange National Park, in the south-eastern Linkwasha Concession – one of the best game viewing areas of the entire Park. It is a classic African tented camp, with the units tastefully hidden beneath a grove of false Mopane trees, overlooking a waterhole and open plain. Named after the founder of Hwange National Park and its first warden, Ted Davison, this camp, with its 8 tents and a family tent, offers a wonderful bush experience. Both the tents and the separate main area, comprising a lounge, dining room, and open campfire area, look out over the productive waterhole. Activities at Davison’s Camp include game drives in open 4×4 vehicles, or guided walks in the early mornings, while during the siesta hours, guests can view wildlife coming down to the waterhole to drink from their tent veranda or the main area. Game viewing is productive year-round in the Linkwasha Concession and wildlife frequently encountered here includes lion, large herds of elephant, buffalo, leopard, white rhino, spotted hyaena, southern giraffe, sable, blue wildebeest, impala, common waterbuck and reedbuck. There are a number of large, open plains areas which make for excellent game viewing; in summer, wildebeest, zebra and eland are found in abundance here, while in winter the waterholes are magnets around which elephant in enormous numbers congregate to drink.
Bird life in the area is prolific (400+) and varied, with species frequenting the teak woodlands as well as those typical of the drier Kalahari being present.
Elephant’s Eye, Hwange is located on a private concession a mere 13 km away from the entrance to Hwange National Park.
Attention to detail and friendly service in the heart of the African bush will put you at ease as you escape the noise and bustle of the modern world. You will enjoy the quiet, beautiful views looking onto a waterhole which is frequented by elephants and other game, allowing you to feel at one with nature.
Elephant’s Eye, Hwange has 8 tented en-suite chalets with king/twin beds, hosting a maximum of 16 people at any given time. All chalets are spacious, private, and designed to offer the best views with maximum comfort and authentic African detail throughout. Each day at the lodge, there will be a guide on site to walk clients to and from communal areas and chalets, and see that individual needs are met at all times.
Activities at Elephant’s Eye, Hwange include game viewing, guided educational walks, bird watching, and night game drives, all with Zimbabwe professional guides; swimming or enjoying sundowners while relaxing near the natural ozone eco-pool. The Elephant’s Eye, Hwange has a waterhole which offers unlimited opportunities to view game drinking and cavorting at close range. This authentic African lodge is designed to meet your needs with style and excellent service, setting a high standard for the discerning traveller.
Forever African Safaris
Luxury Mobile Tented & Walking Safaris – the ULTIMATE bush experience!
Forever African Safaris’ mobile tented camp operates throughout National Parks in Zimbabwe and with special focus on the wildlife sanctuary, Hwange National Park is a refreshing change from the usual lodge or static camp setting where you can get away from the safari crowds and enjoy the wild up close and personal without compromise to comfort and safety. Catering to exclusive / private groups, you have full flexibility to do as much or as little walking, game driving or just relaxing in camp as you like – meaning you don’t have to fit in with other guests, or comply with any routine-type itinerary – you get to do as you please! Each group is hosted by one of our professional private guides with private game drive vehicle. Guests with special requests are welcome – we host everything from honeymoons, to intimate bush weddings, family holidays, professional photographers and adventure/nature enthusiasts.
Choose from 2 safari styles: Executive Safari (East African style safari tents, fully furnished and en-suite) or Explorer Safari (dome style tents, fully furnished with shared ablutions). Each camp sleeps up to 12 max (or more by special arrangement).
“Journey with us into the heart of the wild – where there is freedom in adventure, romance in Africa’s wild ways and wide open spaces” WHAT ARE YOU WAITING FOR?
Ivory Lodge is set on its own 6 000 acre conservancy bordering Hwange National Park which is the largest National Park in Zimbabwe – equivalent in size to Wales. Ivory is built in the tree tops of giant teak forests – diverse habitats attract a variety of wildlife and bird life. This camp offers personal attention to a maximum of 12 guests only. The elevated en suite rooms are positioned with sweeping views of the waterhole that is floodlit by night. Activities include walking and game drives on the estate, plus game drives into the nearby Hwange National Park.
Kapula – North Camp
Comprises of 4 luxury safari tents on raised wooden decks. Each tent boasts an en-suite bathroom with an additional outside shower for the brave. Choice of Twin beds / King bed configuration. 1-2 Mattresses can be added to a tent for children. North Camp can accommodate 10 adults & 8 children. Bedding, towels & mosquito nets are included.
Kapula is a self-catering establishment with solar powered lighting and appliances.
Water in the taps is from a borehole, constantly tested and safe to drink.
There are no plug points in the tents but a main plug point is available in the main areas for charging cell phone, laptop & camera batteries. No cell phone/internet reception. A satellite phone is onsite for emergency use (charges apply).
Limited firewood is supplied by Kapula for the donkey’s hot water boilers & the fire pit.
No meal options are offered and guests are required to bring and prepare their own food & drinks.
Kapula’s friendly staff clean & maintain the tents and main areas daily.
Main building in the centre of the camp is on a raised wooden deck. Comprises of an open-plan lounge and a 12-seater dining room table (can be converted to 2 x 6-seater tables) with a 180degree view over Kapula Vlei and the waterhole. Also has a fully equipped kitchen with a gas stove/oven, 2 fridges, 1 freezer, pots & pans, cooking utensils, crockery & cutlery etc. Fire pit is next to the Main building.
Since Kapula is completely self-catering they do not offer any transfers or game drives/walks. Guests are encouraged to travel in their own / rented vehicle and explore Hwange Park at their leisure during their stay. A licensed Park ranger/scout can be booked by our office on our guests’ behalf if arranged well in advance.
Khulu Ivory Lodge
Khulu Ivory “Grandfather of Ivory” is located on a private concession of 6,000 acres.
One of the many charms of this camp is that it offers guests luxurious and private accommodation accompanied with old world hospitality.
Khulu Ivory is accessible by using the Bulawayo / Victoria Falls main road and guests can self drive into neighbouring Ivory Lodge and from there be transferred by Khulu directly into camp. The distance from Bulawayo is 258 kilometres and from Victoria Falls 180 kilometres. As well as this, Hwange airport is only 8 kilometres away.
Khulu Ivory comprises of 6 bespoke, thatched, safari style suites built onto slightly elevated platforms. Each well-appointed room is designed in a modern and contemporary style but has minimal impact to the surroundings and environment. One room is an exclusive honeymoon suite with a bathtub which overlooks our private waterhole. The units have an indoor and outdoor shower and balcony for game viewing as well as an individual tea and coffee service. The beds are twins but can all be converted to king sized for double occupancy. The camp currently has a total capacity of only 12 people.
All rooms overlook an ancient riverbed, in todays terms called a ‘vlei’ and the waterhole in this riverbed is known to attract a variety of the greatest wildlife and birdlife in Hwange.
Khulu’s main area provides a full bar which also commands view of the waterhole and has in stock a wide variety of local and imported beverages. There is a plunge pool located on the deck area as well as a fire pit for stargazing and night caps. The camp has borehole water throughout and an on site laundry service.
Khulu Ivory offers guests a private guided experience on our private concession and/or in the National Park.
Activities on offer are; half day game drives or full day game drives, night drives, visits to the Painted Dog Conservation Centre, walking safaris, pan/hide sits and game counts (on request).
Little Makololo Camp
Little Makololo camp, lies in the heart of Hwange National Park, in one of its best game viewing areas, overlooking a vibrant waterhole. The camp’s six rooms have en-suite facilities, with both indoor and outdoor showers. Solar power is used for electricity ensuring a lighter environmental footprint. The living areas include a dining room, lounge, plunge pool and an open fire area for those convivial evening fireside tales. There is a log pile hide overlooking the waterhole in front of camp where guests can enjoy wildlife viewing during the siesta hours.
Activities at Little Makalolo Camp centre on open 4×4 Land Rover game drives and guided nature walks throughout the Makalolo concession. The area’s large number of waterholes attracts game in both quantity and variety, especially in the winter months when Hwange is literally home to a Noah’s Ark parade of animals as they come down to quench their thirst.
Miombo Camp is situated on the eastern border of Hwange National Park, the largest Park in Zimbabwe occupying more than 14,500 square kilometers in the north-western corner of the country. The tree houses offer a room with a view – the wooden, thatched structures are ideally situated for game viewing each with raised decks overlooking the main floodlit waterhole and views into the Miombo woodland. Relax on the deck, your own personal game viewing platform, and enjoy Africa on your doorstep. The waterhole is often frequented by elephant, buffalo, leopard, hyena, zebra, kudu, bushbuck and many other of the Parks’ +100 species of mammals.
Nehimba Safari Lodge
Exclusive photographic safari lodge. Remotely nestled away in one of the largest private concessions of Hwange National Park lies Nehimba.
Ideally situated in the central game rich section of the park, only several kilometers from the renowned Nehimba Seep, we offer privately guided authentic African Safaris.
Nehimba safari Lodge is an owner run, luxurious lodge catering to local and international clientele.
Centrally situated is the spacious and tastefully decorated lounge / dining area comprising of a lower deck leading to a swimming pool that is frequented by our abundant numbers of elephant.
Boasting seven luxurious raised chalets under traditional African thatch unobtrusively positioned around a natural waterhole, each chalet has an en suite slipper bath and an adjoining outside shower.
With an ultimate goal to conserve, protect and enhance our wildlife heritage, Nehimba Safari lodge has drilled several boreholes, pumping water for the 1000’s of thirsty animals.
Staff and management at Nehimba Safari Lodge will ensure that your safari is unique, intimate and personalized.
Join us for a safari of a lifetime..Experience the land of giants.
Sable Sands owned and run by Brian and Marleen, is situated along the famous Dete Vlei on a private wildlife reserve adjoining Hwange National Park. The Dete vlei is a dried up river with multiple waterholes of which a 7 km stretch belongs to the Sable Sand concession, which allows them private game viewing in this area. Although it positioned outside the boundary of Hwange National Park, it is essentially the same area and game wanders freely through this concession and the park. Safaris can be taken into the Park or on the private concession –national parks fees will need to be paid for entry into the park.
The lodge has 11 spacious thatched rondavels laid out in a picturesque grove of large trees. Each rondavel has either a double or twin bed with mosquito nets; 9 of the rondavels have an en suite bathroom with shower and two also have baths. The lodge is located just within the shady tree line, with the main lodge building, a stunning thatched structure, overlooking the vlei and waterhole where the patient observer is rewarded by large herds of elephant, buffalo, zebra and various antelope species the waterhole is also regularly frequented by lion, cheetah and occasionally leopard, as well as hyena, wild dog and other predators. The region has a wealth of birdlife with over 400 species recorded. Safari options include game drives on their private concession, which extends across the vlei and includes a variety of habitats, and also trips into Hwange National Park itself, where special overnight camp options are also available. One of the special benefits of operation within a private concession, the lodge can offer clients night drives within their concession.
Somalisa Acacia is positioned alongside the famous Somalisa Camp, known as “the home of the elephants”, this charming camp caters for an intimate gathering of only 8 people. All the simple but luxurious tents are on slightly raised decks, under the dappled canopy of a grove of Acacias on the western side of Somalisa.
The camp enjoys its own private views of a small water hole, frequented by large herds of big game including buffalo, elephant, kudu, zebra, giraffe, and even lion. A small splash pool allows you to cool off during the heat of the day. Activities on offer are game drives and walking excursions with the camp’s professional guides. Most of the activities are in the Somalisa private concession but with easy access to other parts of Hwange National Park.
Somalisa Acacia has 3 twin bedded tents and 1 family tent, all with en-suite bathroom facilities. This camp is ideal for small groups or family groups, children 6 years and above accepted.
Somalisa Camp is set in the heart of Hwange National Park, known as the land of the giants for its big elephant herds. Somalisa is an authentic bush camp, a blend of old African charm and elegance together with an exclusive safari experience. Its stunning location tucked away on an acacia island along the edge of an ancient seasonal flood plain gives it breath taking views of the savannah plains of the famous Kennedy Vlei line. At Somalisa Camp, you will experience the heightened romance of the African Bush in one of the most natural environments in Africa. This is the way Africa was meant to be explored. Accommodation is in six elegantly furnished canvas tents with en suite bathrooms, flush toilet and romantic alfresco bush shower. The stunning main area and pool lends to complete relaxation, whether it be with a cup of tea or one of their refreshing cocktails overlooking the pan where the herds of game congregate in large herds. The use of solar lighting ensures your comfort without interfering with the environment and the area’s natural surrounds. Activities include guided walks, game drives and spot lighting as well as game viewing from hides.
The Hide is a Zimbabwe Safari Lodge with a difference, a comfortable, tented safari camp inside the majestic surroundings of the Hwange National Park. Hwange is a haven for wildlife and one of Africa’s premier game parks. The Hide is an experience that combines the best game viewing in Zimbabwe with a relaxed, comfortable atmosphere.