This rustic, traditional camp of eight canvas-walled units beneath cooling thatch, overlooks one of the natural waterholes that make this part of Hwange National Park special. Founded in 2010 by Dave Carson, well-known chief guide examiner for the Zimbabwe Professional Guides Association, Camp Hwange’s location is strategic.
This private concession in the central part of Hwange lies between the rugged mopane woodlands to the north and the sandy soil teak forests to the south-west; it’s location here on this open savannah ecotone means that game viewing is as diverse as its habitat types. Aside from fantastic game viewing, especially in the drier months from April through to November, Camp Hwange offers an excellent guided experience with a strong emphasis on walking and tracking.
With all 8 rooms and the main area oriented towards the waterhole and plain in front of camp, the natural central point is the open-sided thatched lounge and dining area with its campfire where every day tends to start and end. Four en-suite rooms lie on either side of this main area, each canvas-walled and kept cool in summer (and warm in winter) by their thatched roofs. One is a two-roomed family room with independent bathrooms. The spacing ensures privacy for each room with gauze panels serving as windows to ensure both a cooling through-draft as well as the ability to hear the sounds of the night. Whether it is the frogs at the waterhole, a lonely whooping hyena or the roars of the resident lion pride we want you to hear, smell and feel Africa.
Camp Hwange was founded on a love for wild Africa, for exploring remote parts of the continent on foot and for tracking the continent’s wildlife. Of course 4x4 vehicles are used for game drives to enable safe and secure approaches for large mammals like lion and elephants in ways that make for the best photographic opportunities, but almost all guests end up on foot at some time or another, whether this is simply watching elephants drink at hidden seasonal pans from specially designed log pile hides, or actually tracking and viewing any number of species from elephant bulls to buffalo herds, lion prides and just about everything else. The diversity of the area means that mega-fauna like elephant, buffalo, hippo and giraffe are all regularly seen, as are the carnivores like lion, spotted hyena, cheetah, leopard and wild dog, but it is species like sable, eland, roan, southern reedbuck and even the characterful springhare that are intriguing.
Despite its location in the wilderness of central Hwange within an unbroken wildlife ecosystem that covers more than 500 000km² (about the size of California and Kentucky combined; or around the size of Spain), Camp Hwange is surprisingly easily accessible by either road or air from Zimbabwe’s tourism capital of Victoria Falls. The most convenient and time-efficient access to camp is by scheduled light aircraft flight from Victoria Falls to the nearby Giraffe Springs Airstrip (110km; 20-30 minutes flight). Road access is also possible, driving either 160km from Victoria Falls through the Robin's Gate in northern Hwange, or 260km through the main camp gate of eastern Hwange. Both routes provide great game viewing opportunities over more than 100km and are a novel change from the singular visual splendour of Victoria Falls.
Rates are fully inclusive - per person sharing per night
From $457.00 low season - to $760.00 high season plus park fees [$20 pppn]
Incl all activities, beverages, meals, laundry & emergency medical evacuation to Victoria Falls