Hwange National Park is Zimbabwe’s largest conservation area with an elephant population that rivals that of Botswana’s Chobe National Park, the biggest on the planet. If you love these gentle giants, you won’t be disappointed with a safari in Hwange – there are about 50 000 ellies living in the park! But Hwange is also a paradise for big game like buffalo, giraffe, kudu and sable, as well as predators like lion, leopard and cheetah.

Thanks to conservation success stories, a resurgence of investment in new lodges and camps, and fantastic value for money, Zimbabwe is now THE place to go on safari. And Hwange is the perfect introduction to a country that’s known for its incredible natural beauty, rich wildlife, and some of the best safari guides in Africa. Not only that, it’s also located close to major travel hubs like Victoria Falls and Johannesburg.

If you’re considering a safari in Zimbabwe’s Hwange National Park, here are some of our favourite places to stay:

Verney’s Camp

Type of Accommodation: Classic Tented Camp

Verney’s Camp is situated in a very exclusive part of Hwange that is not frequented by other safari goers and regular park visitors. This amphitheatre-like safari camp is built around a busy waterhole and fringed by teak forest. Each tent has been carefully positioned to deliver a superb view over the drinking hole while ensuring the serenity and privacy of guests.

Highlights:

  • Situated in a serene part of Hwange National Park
  • Built around of a busy waterhole
  • Beautifully designed tented suites
  • Spot-lit night drives and nature walks

Deteema Springs

Deteema Springs is a small concession area in a well-known northern region of the Hwange National Park. Close to the Deteema dam, the camp is perched on a slight rocky rise above permanent water springs, offering magnificent views of large concentrations of animals, including elephants. While night safaris are not allowed due to park regulations, Deteema offers amazing opportunities for walking safaris and viewing wildlife from the comfort of the camp.

Camp Facilities and Amenities
  • Tented dining and social area: The oversized tented deck area forms the social hub of our camps. You can swap stories at the bar, relax in the lounge or gather around the large fire pits to swap stories, fuelling the feeling of being on an authentic African safari in the bush.
  • Plunge pool: Africa is a sun-drenched country where summer temperatures often reach the high thirties and low forty-degrees Celsius. After a morning safari, counting the passing clouds while floating in a pool or resting on a sun bed is nothing short of sublime.
  • Dedicated Wi-Fi zone: A holiday in Africa is the perfect place in which to disconnect from the ‘net and connect with friends and nature. We deliberately don’t have Wi-Fi access throughout the camp, but we do have designated Wi-Fi areas if you do need access to the web.
  • Solar energy: We harvest the sun’s energy via solar panels, that store electricity in a battery bank. Our hot water supply is generated by a state of the art Thermodynamic Solar Energy system, which ensures that the camps have hot water, no matter the weather.
  • Eco-friendly kitchen and food storage: To keep our eco-footprint light, we use energy-efficient fridges in our kitchens, which we turn off at night. We also use coal cold rooms and cellars to store heat-sensitive items.
  • Airstrip access: The camp is only a short game drive away from the nearest airstrip, providing game viewing opportunities en route to and from the camp.

Deka Camp

Resting in the far northwest of Hwange National Park, Deka Camp is probably the most remote camp in the park. Given that the camp is on a private concession, our guests can enjoy night drives, walking safaris and game drives in one of the wildest areas in Southern Africa.

Camp Facilities and Amenities

  • Thatch dining and social area: The oversized tented deck area forms the social hub of our camps. You can swap stories at the bar, relax in the lounge or gather around the large fire pits to swap stories, fuelling the feeling of being on an authentic African safari in the bush.
  • Plunge pool: Africa is a sun-drenched country where summer temperatures often reach the high thirties and low forty-degrees Celsius. After a morning safari, counting the passing clouds while floating in a pool or resting on a sun bed is nothing short of sublime.
  • Dedicated Wi-Fi zone: A holiday in Africa is the perfect place in which to disconnect from the ‘net and connect with friends and nature. We deliberately don’t have Wi-Fi access throughout the camp, but we do have designated Wi-Fi areas if you do need access to the web.
  • Solar energy: We harvest the sun’s energy via solar panels, that store electricity in a battery bank. Our hot water supply is generated by a state of the art Thermodynamic Solar Energy system, which ensures that the camps have hot water, no matter the weather.
  • Eco-friendly kitchen and food storage: To keep our eco-footprint light, we use energy-efficient fridges in our kitchens, which we turn off at night. We also use coal cold rooms and cellars to store heat-sensitive items.
  • Airstrip access: The camp is only a short game drive away from the nearest airstrip, providing game viewing opportunities en route to and from the camp.

BUMBUSI WILDERNESS CAMP

Bumbusi Wilderness Camp offers an exceptionally unique experience in a reclaimed corner of Hwange National Park where the various gorges, drainage lines and hills are perfect for safari lovers who like to explore a region on foot. Bumbusi is nestled in an oasis of mature trees and shade which, bolstered by the waterhole and natural pool, makes for a wildlife magnet, especially in the dry season.

The stone and thatch chalets all look out onto the lawns and water and compliment the incredible geology of this reclaimed wilderness. Expect hot soaking showers, a cool pool to soak in after a beautiful walking safari, cosy beds and great coffee and meals around the fire! Added to the walking and game drive experience, the Bumbusi National Monument adds a beautiful richness to any safari and is located a short drive from camp.

  • Located in the north-eastern corner of Hwange National Park, nestled in an oasis of mature trees and shade which, bolstered by the waterhole and natural pool, makes for a wildlife magnet, especially in the dry season.
  • Accessed via seat in charter flight into Robin’s Camp followed by a one hour game drive into Camp. Alternatively a road transfer from Victoria Falls can be organised, approximately three and half hour drive in total.
  • There are 5 Stone and Thatch Chalets – 1 of them being a Family Chalet (Sleeps 4 people in a queen size bed and a bunk bed) Room features include: En-suite bathrooms with a bath and an outdoor shower Private verandah