Best Places To Stay On Safari In Hwange
Boarding Botswana, the largest natural reserve and the premier game viewing location in Zimbabwe is Hwange National Park. Although it is vast in size, it has a lack of main water sources which become pack with huge animal congregations in the dry season. The park has a hugely diverse landscape, varying from open grass plains to dense teak forests. This habitat variation allows a vast spectrum of animal and bird species to thrive in great numbers. Rare and elusive animals like the black rhino and brown hyena are also found in very good numbers in the park.
Hwange is well known for its booming elephant population. The last estimate was around forty-five thousand individuals which makes it one of the biggest and most successful populations in Africa. Four hundred different bird species also call the park home, making it a utopia for any bird or photographic enthusiast. Daily game drives and walks are offered with expert guides who will help you find the 'Big 5' as well as expand your knowledge about the smaller aspects of the eco-system. The guides also explain the ways of 'bush-life' to help you understanding of local beliefs.
The camps that we recommend are all tented, and they vary in their levels of luxury. Most camps are located near to a water source, the reason: that's where the animals are found. Frequenting the camp's waterholes are elephants, buffaloes and other big game. For those who want unique photographic opportunities and have a lot of patience, Hwange offers hides that give a more isolated experience for viewing wildlife. Some of the tents are more rustic and offer a more 'back-to-basics' approach, whereas others come with all the latest mod-cons. With this in mind, it is certainly worth considering what style would suit you better before booking. Below we have listed a handful of our favourite camps:
This new camp has a modern, fresh design with contemporary interiors but still keeping with the original spirit of a safari lodge. The eight luxury tents look out towards the waterhole and ever present game, with the main area having multiple decks, a pool and a winter lounge complete with library.
Much loved by everyone who stays here, Little Makalolo lies in one of Hwange’s most ecologically diverse areas, ensuring both variety and numbers of animals year round. There are a large number of waterholes attracting game from far and wide. With one waterhole conveniently positioned right in front of the camp, wildlife activity can be enjoyed from your breakfast table or from the camp’s log pile hide. Game drives, walks and cultural activities sometimes end at the “pizza stop” at Madison Pan, where a Star Bed is ready for your sleep out under the stars.
Davisons 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.