Pack your beige togs because Camp Hwange, deep in Zimbabwe's biggest and most diverse game reserve, is one of a few lodges in southern Africa where walking safaris are the main activity.
After a walking safari, a game drive will seem coarse and vulgar by comparison. You'll notice the bush smells less of diesel fumes and more of wild grasses and tree blossoms; that the trees are filled with birdsong and not engine clatter; you'll hear animals before you see them and a pride of lion encountered on foot, while perfectly safe, is a life-changing event.
Camp Hwange is an exceptional safari lodge in the centre of one of the largest and most diverse game reserves in Africa. Famous for its elephant and large mammals including lion, leopard, cheetah, buffalo, wild dog, hyena, giraffe, zebra and many antelope species, the game viewing is guaranteed to be amazing.
Facing a permanent waterhole, the lodge is spread along the edge of an ancient teak forest. Accommodation is in enormous chalets with thatched roofs and tented sides on a polished screed floor. En suite bathrooms have flushing toilets and hot running water and power is delivered to each unit by a silent solar panel.
The main living space is an unpretentious thatched area that follows the shape of the surrounding landscape and it ends exactly where the bush starts. In front of the lodge is a large sandy clearing with a campfire slab in the middle - here is where you'll spend most of your downtime between safaris.
The food is exceptional and not just considering your impossibly remote location; the service is top-notch Zimbabwean hospitality at its heartfelt best and the guides' the guides. The guides are amazing. With the most rigorous training anywhere in Africa, Zimbabwean guides have earned the claim to be among the continent's best. And here at Camp Hwange you quite possibly have the best of the best. And that's a good thing because a walking safari is, strangely, no walk in the park. Their knowledge and bush confidence will set you at ease in an instant, all you have to do is enjoy the experience. And you will.
Full board accommodation in 8 thatched chalets with tented sides; en suite bathrooms with bush views; shaded patio; ceiling fans and four-poster mosquito drapes; solar electricity; lounge and dining area under thatch; open-air campfire; transfers; laundry
Game drives; night drives; walking safaris; birding; game viewing hides
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