Zimbabwe : Hwange National Park
Hwange is the largest of Zimbabwe's National Parks with over 100 different animal species and 400 varieties of birds. Famous for its massive elephant and buffalo populations, family groups of giraffe and lion are seen as are sable antelope and leopard. There is a good variety of accommodation within the park but there are also lodges on private concessions bordering the park so it is possible to go walking and on night drives. Some lodges are built beside water holes so you can watch the animals coming to drink while sitting on your private balcony or on viewing platforms.
Little Makalolo Camp lies in the heart of the park overlooking a busy waterhole with a unique log pile hide, a perfect place to spend the afternoon watching herds of elephants bathing. With a variety of day and night drives, bush walks and the hide Little Makalolo will aim to ensure you see as much of the wildlife in the area as possible. With just six spacious tents all with en-suite bathrooms with both indoor and outdoor shower, immerse yourself in the wilderness in this exclusive and luxurious camp. Each tent is linked to the main area through the mopane woodlands by a raised walkway. During the heat of midday you can relax and enjoy your surroundings watching as the animals visit camp or relax in the pool to cool off. A romantic and exciting addition to Little Makalolo is the starbed which is on a raised platform next to the Madison Pan just 20 minutes from camp. A unique and exclusive experience, enjoy a remote wilderness experience falling asleep under the African stars.
The Hide is a family run lodge in the North East of Hwange. The Hide has just 8 standard tents and two luxury tents designed for comfort and relaxation. You can take a bath underneath the starry sky, curl up in your large double bed and listen to the sounds of the night, awaken with the dawn chorus and watch the animals as they saunter by to the waterhole. Meal times at The Hide are something special, whether it’s tea and coffee delivered to you with your wake up call, an alfresco breakfast or a communal dinner at the vast teak dining table and you can enjoy an African themed meal truly in the African bush. For a special occasion you can stay in the Dove's Nest, a tree house overlooking a water pan. where you can get away in total privacy to watch the birds in the trees and animals coming to drink from your your deck. There is also Tom’s Little Hide which is a private house consisting of two luxurious double bedrooms, and a huge central dining area, lounge and plunge pool. and overlooks the Hide's famed waterhole. The house has a professional guide, private chef and private safari vehicle.
Bomani overlooks the Bomani Pan on the edge of the vast Ngamo Plains in the East of the park in its own private concession. You can access the camp using the unique 'Elephant Express' a railway safari to and from camp that allows you to sip on drinks and enjoy snacks as you take the two hour trip to camp. With open sides and window seats for all passengers you can enjoy uninterrupted game viewing with on board guides to help you spot the animals. The camp has an open dining room, bar and lounge all built on a viewing platform so you can see the surrounding visiting wildlife. Bomani has just five tents raised one metre above the ground overlooking the Ngamo plains and four suites and a family thatched bungalow on ground level overlooking the waterhole. Each comfortable tent has a private en-suite bathrooms with hot running water, ceiling fans and electricity from a generator. The guides here are knowledgeable, friendly and enthusiastic pointing out game from the comfort of the camp.