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Hwange National Park, one of the world’s last great elephant sanctuaries, is the largest National Park in Zimbabwe. It covers 14,600km², has more animals and a greater variety (107) of species than any other park in the country, and more than 400 species of bird. The animals that can be seen in the park include Buffalo, Zebra, Giraffe, Impala, Kudu, Sable, Wildebeest, Roan, Tsessebe and Gemsbok. These attract many predators including Lion and Leopard, Cheetah, abundant Spotted Hyena, and sometimes Brown Hyena. African Painted Dog are commonly seen here.
Guests stay in one of the established private lodges within and on the boundaries of the park. All options offer guests an unforgettable safari experience with game viewing being superb and the main focus.
HWANGE SAFARI LODGE
The gateway to Zimbabwe’s untouched paradise, Hwange Safari Lodge provides a base from which to explore Hwange National Park in all its majesty. The lodge has a total of 106 rooms comprising of suites, deluxe and standard rooms and all rooms are air conditioned, have en-suite bathroom/shower facilities, satellite television, direct dial telephone as well as tea/coffee making facilities . The lodge’s restaurant known as Dingani Restaurant serves buffet breakfast and lunch, barbeque lunch and dinner and there are 2 bars, the other one called the Waterhole bar is on the Viewing Platform.
SIKUMI TREE LODGE
Sikumi Tree Lodge is situated on the border of Hwange National Park on an extensive private estate, where the famous Presidential Elephant Herd resides, ensuring close up encounters with these incredible animals. Accommodation is in thatched tree houses situated under a grove of Acacia tree’s with sweeping views of the Sikumi Valley. The lodge’s waterhole attracts a variety of wildlife: Elephant, Buffalo, Lion, Leopard and numerous antelope species are regulars.
Makalolo plains is situated in a remote area within the vast Hwange National Park and is one of the few camps built within the park. Hwange is legendary for its wonderful array of wildlife and massive herds of Elephant and Buffalo – especially in the dryer winter months.
The entire camp is raised on a wooden boardwalks and platforms, giving guests excellent views over the waterhole and floodplain in front of the camp. Accommodation consists of nine large, comfortable tented rooms with en-suite shower, toilet and basin all with hot and cold running water.
There is an out door shower for those who enjoy showering under the stars. The lighting in the rooms is battery powered ensuring peace and quiet in camp. Meals are enjoyed in the separate raised dinning area.
There is also a lounge, pub and plunge pool. The camp has hides overlooking the waterhole, which allow guests to enjoy close up game viewing.
Little Makalolo is the “sister” camp to Makalolo Plains. It is located about 20 minutes’ drive from Makalolo. Plains and is completely independently run, with its own staff, management and guides. Little Makalolo sleeps eight guests in five luxury-tented rooms or up to ten guests in a private group who are looking for exclusivity and privacy.
The camp has identical tents to Makalolo Plains but is built on the ground. There is a hide in front of the camp, which gives great views onto the waterhole. The dining room, lounge and pub area are all under canvas. There is plunge pool. As Little Makalolo is within Hwange National Park itself, guests’ game viewing starts right at their doorstep.
Game drives in 4 x 4 land Rovers and walks with an armed guide are all part of the experience.
The Hide is situated in one of Hwange National Park's most outstanding locations, bordering ancient elephant paths and a vast grassland corridor. Herds of elephants, buffalo, and myriad of other animals are drawn to the constant waters of the Hide's waterhole, and the spectacle of great predators making a sudden appearance is not uncommon.
A foremost attraction are the two concealed "hides" located on either sides of the Hide's waterhole. These offer a totally secure haven for remarkable close encounters and incredible photographs of elephant and an array of other wildlife.
All ten luxury tents under thatch overlook one of the busiest waterholes in Africa, from where you can enjoy outstanding game viewing from your own veranda. Your classic 'home under canvas' preserves a timeless safari ambience whilst including bathroom en-suite and every standard luxury you require.
The Hide prides itself in fine cuisine, and meals are enjoyed either alfresco beneath a canopy of camel-thorn acacias overlooking the waterhole, or around a grand teak dinning table where we share a friendly and relaxed atmosphere. Bush dinners and breakfast or even private meals on your own verandas are unforgettable occasions.
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.
Only six elegantly furnished canvas tents with en suite bathrooms, flush toilet and romantic alfresco bush shower make up this camp. Activities include guided walks lead by qualified and passionate guides who will share their knowledge and love of the bush with you, game drives and spot lighting as well as game viewing from hides.