Camp Hwange: The Lowdown

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Camp Hwange is a traditional style safari camp with huge soul, a great location overlooking a waterhole and a real focus on walking safaris.

What’s Camp Hwange really like?

We’ll start with the obvious. Camp Hwange is probably not a camp that’s likely to attract the glossy posse- it’s far more special than that. The staff are fantastically warm and friendly, the guiding is excellent and there’s a sense of total immersion in the bush. Everything has been designed to look out over the waterhole.

The main area of camp is a high thatch building with an open side so you can see the action. Just in front is the campfire, and inside is a comfy sitting area and dining table where you can share the tales of your day’s adventure over wholesome homely cooking. Décor is natural and cosy- think kilim rugs on the floor, lots of wood, and flickering candlelight in the evenings. And nice though the meals are, they definitely take second place to the game viewing- if there’s something exciting nearby, expect to down glasses and head for the vehicles.  

Heading away from the main camp are eight canvas and thatch chalets, one of which is a family chalet sleeping four. Again, the focus is on keeping in touch with nature, so windows are gauze netting and the little shaded terraces in front look out towards the waterhole. On one side there are simple en suite shower rooms.  We would stress this is very much a classic eco-friendly safari camp (just the way we like ‘em) so it’s not overly interior designed or stuffed with anodyne “facilities”, just plenty of magic.

What can I do at Camp Hwange?

Camp Hwange is a camp that attracts serious bush lovers, so there’s a real focus on your safari experience. In the morning there’s just time for a light breakfast before you’re up and out on a game drive, often until lunch. These are regularly combined with walking safaris, which are a speciality of the excellent guides at Camp Hwange and can mean several exciting hours tracking big game on foot. Camp Hwange is located in a private concession inside the park, which means you are well away from the crowds.

Often the afternoon game drive might be swapped for a trip to the log pile hide in front of camp. After sundowners in the bush, there’s a chance to do a little bit of a night drive on your way back to camp. This is a great way to spot nocturnal animals like leopards, porcupines and honey badgers. If you see an aardwolf please don’t tell us, there is a strong possibility we may die of jealousy. 

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