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Amazing - Hwange National Park

Bordering Botswana, Hwange National Park is Zimbabwe’s largest game park with an area of 14,600km². Its sheer size means that its scenery, vegetation and game vary hugely, ranging from the semi desert scrub on the edge of the Kalahari in the south, to forests, granite hills and valleys of mopane woodlands in the north.

Camp

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Robins Camp, now under private new management, offers an exciting revival of the iconic safari destination in Hwange National Park. Robins Camp is situated in the rugged northern Basalt area of the park, an area rich in natural water with seeps and springs dotting the area. It is the home to some of the last great buffalo herds in Africa, with herds of over 2000 still seen.

Given the abundance of prey animals, it is no wonder that it also has the highest concentration of lion in the Park. Robins is also known for big populations of reedbuck, roan, sable and tsessebe as well as the usual herds of elephants and other species encountered in the Park. Particularly encouraging are the regular sightings of both Cheetah and Painted Dog.

The scenery of Robins is varied with hills, kopjes (small bouldered hills) and vlei (grassed plains that flood seasonally) areas and has a lot to offer the wildlife enthusiast. We welcome children of all ages and guests can self-drive or choose a fully guided trip.

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Accommodation with full board and 2x Game drives per day.

High Season – 01 JUNE to 31 DEC 2019: $300 Per Person Sharing

Includes:
Accommodation
Breakfast, lunch and dinner
One morning and one afternoon game drive

Not included:
Park entrance fees
Drinks – both non alcoholic and alcoholic

Accommodation with full board.

High Season – 01 JUNE to 31 DEC 2019: $170 Per Person Sharing

Includes:
Accommodation.
Breakfast, lunch and dinner.

Not included:
Game drives.
Park entrance fees.
Drinks – both non alcoholic and alcoholic.

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Jozibanini Camp is situated in the remote south west of Hwange National Park in a wilderness unused for nearly 20 years; only the wildlife and the Parks rangers who look after it frequent this area, once roamed by San people. This is a small, truly exclusive camp in a truly wild place, providing a unique, untamed wilderness experience.

The ecosystem here is semi-desert akin to the Kalahari in neighbouring Botswana. Ancient windblown fossil sand dunes are separated by shallow valleys where elephant paths have compacted the terrain, providing Imvelo with the opportunity for a unique experiment of game viewing by mountain bike. Imvelo is breaking new ground in Hwange in terms of the remoteness of the location and the uniqueness of the environment.

Ideally we recommend this as a two day add-on for guests from Imvelo’s other Hwange properties; Bomani, Camelthorn or Nehimba. These special guests will be looking for adventure; the day-long transfer to Jozibanini will be a ‘pump run,’ resupplying waterholes en route, providing an opportunity for guests to get involved in the incredible game water supply program that is unique to Imvelo.

2019:

CHF 380 per person per night.

Closed from 1 November to 28th February.

Includes:
Accommodation
All meals, soft drinks, beers, wines & local spirits
Transfers from Manga or Libuti Airstrip
Game activities as available including walks, drives, night drives and mountain biking, park entry fees per paying night and service of a licensed guide on safari

Stay for 3 nights and only pay for 2:

Valid from 1 November to 31st December 2019. 

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From its remote location close to the quiet south-eastern corner of the park, the lodge offers exclusive game viewing within its own private concession, as well as easy access to some of the best game-viewing areas in the park itself.

Bomani’s private concession, which it shares with its more upmarket sibling, Camelthorn, lies in the remote Sikumbi Forest Reserve, with direct and easy access into Hwange National Park through a purpose-built gate. This end of the park is generally quieter and less visited than further north, while still having fantastic wildlife areas such as the Ngamo Plains, which are particularly well-known for their elephant populations.

Bomani itself is built along the edge of a small pan, with a pumped waterhole that attracts game from the surrounding area. The lodge has a distinctly rustic, “bushcamp” feel, with fewer frills than at Camelthorn, located just a few kilometres away.

Visitors to Bomani have the choice of four different accommodation options: five tented chalets, four tented suites, a larger family chalet, and a brick-built house sleeping up to four.

Bomani also has access to a number of game hides. Most excitingly they have a converted shipping crate (complete with its own plumbed-in toilet) sunk into the ground looking out over a popular waterhole. The guides are able to turn on water pumps, which reliably draw in herds of elephant that associate the sound of the pump with fresh water. This allows some really close-up sightings of elephants, from a unique, low angle – a real plus for keen photographers.

In addition to the conservation of Hwange’s wildlife, Bomani is a keen supporter of the local community, and its parent company is working hard to develop and deliver on social and conservation commitments. They support half-a-dozen schools in the local area as well as once a year running a mobile dental clinic. The lodge has also drilled and installed over 25 new wells for local villages, thereby providing clean water and making the lives of hundreds of local people safer and easier. Bomani is rightly proud of these commitments and achievements and they are happy to arrange for guests to visit some of beneficiaries of the camp,s success during their stay.

2019:

CHF 440 per person per night.

Closed from 5 January to 28th February.

Includes:
Accommodation
All meals, soft drinks, beers, wines & local spirits
Laundry
Transfers from Bomani Airstrip, Sipepa Airstrip (1 hour road transfer), or Ngamo Siding (20 min road transfer),
Game activities as available including walks, drives, all day excursions, hide sits and night drives, park entry fees per paying night, visit to the local village, tour of the village school (not available during school holidays) and service of a licensed guide on safari

Stay for 3 nights and only pay for 2:

Valid from 1 November to 31st December 2019. 

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Deep inside a private concession, nestled inside the remote northern region of Hwange National Park, hides Nehimba Lodge. By combining luxury living with ultimate elegance and lashings of African charm, this Lodge is designed to create the most exceptional safari experiences. Our Main guest area and 9 spacious guest accommodations are thatched tents built on teak decks, overlooking the magnificent lodge pan – a favoured spot frequented by a variety of wildlife and large numbers of elephants, particularly in the dry season.

Nehimba sits firmly on the edge of the mopane woodlands associated with the north of the park and the kalahari sandveld of the south and west. All the diversity of Hwange’s fauna and flora is within easy reach. No two days are the same at Nehimba and game viewing experiences are tailor-made to our guest’s preferences, including game drives, walking safaris and night game drives on our private concession in search of nocturnal species of wildlife. Whether you choose to track a herd of elephant on foot with your highly trained guide at dawn or spend the afternoon relaxing overlooking the waterhole on the deck by the pool, this wild and unspoilt bush paradise will guarantee you leave with memories to last a lifetime!

Nehimba Lodge has nine thatched chalets raised on stilts, four on one side of the main area, and three on the other, but all with views over the waterhole. All – including two two-bedroom family suites and a honeymoon suite – have half canvas, half wooden walls and glass windows, giving a more solid feel than at a traditional tented camp. Inside you’ll find twin or double beds, along with a fan, tea-making facilities and a Nespresso machine.

The game viewing in this region of Hwange National Park is superb during the dry season (June–October), when you can see some fantastic wildlife, as well as the elephants lion, cheetah and sable are known to frequent the area around the lodge. As one of the only reliable water sources for miles around, it attracts plenty of animals.

Game drives and walking safaris offer more active ways to see the wildlife and explore the area, and a chance to visit Nehimba’s own hide, as well as local attractions such as the Nehimba Seep, Mandavu Dam and the Mtoa Ruins. Walking safaris are conducted with one of Zimbabwe’s professional guides, who is resident here, offering the exciting opportunity to approach wildlife on foot, and learn basic tracking skills. Game drives are conducted either by the the same guide, or by one of the camp’s learner guides. Don’t let the tag “learner” fool you, though; Zimbabwe’s learners are as good as, and often better than, many fully qualified guides elsewhere in southern and eastern Africa.

2019:

CHF 595 per person per night.

Closed from 1st December to 28th February.

Includes:
Accommodation
All meals, soft drinks, beers, wines & local spirits
Laundry
Game activities as available including walks, drives, all day excursions and night drives, park entry fees per paying night and service of a licensed guide on safari

Stay for 3 nights and only pay for 2:

Valid from 1 November to 31st December 2019. 

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Hidden in a forest of mature camelthorn trees, which soon gives way to open plains and a network of waterholes, Camelthorn Lodge is well situated for game viewing. It is set in a private concession outside the extreme south-east corner of Zimbabwe’s Hwange National Park, just a ten-minute drive from its own private gate into the park.

The villa’s en-suite bathrooms are very stylish, their clean lines and rendered finish lending a modern feel. Along with a large shower with very good pressure and plenty of hot water, there’s an elevated bath, and his and hers washbasins. The toilet is in a separate room, with a lockable door for privacy. As at most top safari camps, complimentary toiletries are provided.

Overall the lodge has a very solid and permanent feel, no more so than in the main area, which is reached from the villas along a series of sandy pathways through the bush. The centrepiece here is the camp’s namesake: a large camelthorn tree, encircled by a platform dotted with tables. Meals are served al fresco under the tree, or in the large dining room housed within a crescent-shaped thatched building. This is also home to the bar and open-plan lounge area, with dark wood furniture and a few comfortable chairs.

High-quality guiding teams mark out both Camelthorn and its sister camp, Bomani. At Camelthorn in particular, head guide Sibs Sibanda brings an enormous amount of experience to the role, as well as being a very personable and courteous host.

These teams lead all activities at the camp, including 4WD and walking safaris in Hwange National Park, which is reached through a dedicated gate across the railway line. At this point, the thick vegetation soon gives way to the more open Ngamo Plains, where a network of pumped waterholes means that wildlife viewing is generally very good, but especially during the dry season (July to around October).

To make the most of the wildlife, the team at Camelthorn have created an original “look-up hide”, made from a sunken shipping container that’s been modified to include narrow blinds, enabling those inside to look out onto the waterhole from ground level. Added to this is a clever system of pumped troughs next to the main pan which, by allowing different troughs to be filled depending on the time of day, affords the opportunity to photograph elephants in the best light.

2019:

CHF 610 per person per night.

Includes:
Accommodation
All meals, soft drinks, beers, wines & local spirits
Laundry
Transfers from Bomani Airstrip, Sipepa Airstrip (1 hour road transfer), or Ngamo Siding (20 min road transfer),
Game activities as available including walks, drives, all day excursions, hide sits and night drives, park entry fees per paying night, visit to the local village, tour of the village school (not available during school holidays) and service of a licensed guide on safari

Stay for 3 nights and only pay for 2:

Valid from 1 November to 31st December 2019. 

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Verney’s is a private concession area in a typically un-used part of Hwange National Park in Zimbabwe. It is a beautiful amphitheater fringed by teak forest that opens up onto an impressive waterhole that is a playground to the famous elephant herds of Hwange. Verney’s joined the Machaba Safaris group in 2017 with a totally clean piece of unspoilt wilderness.

Verney’s Camp is being built in keeping with Machaba Safaris’ winning recipe that matches the timeless wonder of a classic safari to Africa, aimed at the affordable luxury travel markets worldwide for both the novice and the well seasoned safari traveller.

Ten tents are tucked perfectly under the shady arms of the teak trees bordering the open waterhole in front of camp. Each tent has been carefully positioned to ensure the best serenity and privacy so that guests can enjoy the natural beauty of the area. Each room is comfortably appointed and has en suite shower, flush toilet, double vanity, all beautifully designed to retain the authenticity and magical feeling of being on safari. Verney’s Camp has eight double/twin rooms and two family rooms, all of which sit at ground level and are connected by natural pathways.

Situated on the central side of the popular south eastern part of Hwange National Park, Verney’s Camp is a private concession of 10 000 hectares (24 710 acres). It is in an extremely remote part of the National Park that is neither frequented, nor can it be accessed by regular Park visitors.

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June 1st – 31st October 2019: CHF 790 Per person per night sharing

All our rates are fully inclusive of:

Hwange Park fees for full paying guests, accommodation, all meals, laundry, lodge activities, return vehicle airstrip transfers from Manga Three airstrip or Main Camp (for drive-ins from Victoria Falls), alcohol and non-alcoholic beverages (excluding imported and premium drinks) levies and taxes.

The rates exclude:

International flights, internal flight transfers, premium imports, travel insurance, visas and discretionary tips and gratuities.

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