Best places to stay on safari in Hwange

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:

Linkwasha Camp

Wilderness Safari’s newly opened Linkwasha Camp, built on the private Linkwasha concession in the south west of Hwange National Park, close to the famed Ngamo Plains and overlooking a waterhole, which offers fantastic all year game viewing.
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.

Somalisa Camp and Acacia

Somalisa Camp and Somalisa Acacia are both owned by African Bush Camps. Located on an acacia island in their own private concession in Hwange National Park, a private and intimate stay can be assured. In front of both camps is an elephant pool which regularly sees large herds of elephants come to drink. This is just one of the highlights in one of safari's best destinations.

Little Makalolo Camp

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.

The Hide

The Hide has consistently been voted one of the “Best Tented Safari Camp in Zimbabwe”, and in our view it remains one of the best lodges in Hwange. It is also one of the few lodges actually inside the National Park, with just 10 tents, it’s small and intimate and now beautifully renovated.

Somalisa Expeditions

Somalisa Expeditions, owned and run by African Bush Camps is an incredible small tented camp set deep within one of the best parks in Southern Africa. This old school style camp offers an authentic safari set in a quiet area of the park amongst a grove of acacia trees on a small floodplain with a small waterhole in front of the camp that is regularly visited by roaming elephants.

Davisons Camp

This camp is rather rustic and lacks many of the mod cons. The water hole is a hive of game activity which most of the tents overlook. There are few camps that you can watch such an abundance of game right from your tent veranda.

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.

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