For those who want a simple, no-fuss camp in one of the finest game viewing areas of Hwange, Davison’s should certainly be near the top of the list.
What’s Davison’s really like?
Named in honour of Hwange’s first warden, Davison’s has a fantastic location in a private concession in the south of the park. It’s built in a semi-circle around a waterhole meaning there’s a fairly regular stream of wildlife through camp. The main mess tent, the firepit and the pool are the centre of camp, and either side sandy pathways lead to the 9 Meru style tents, traditionally built with polished stone floors, earthy tones and a simple ensuite bathroom to the rear. One of the tents is designed with family safaris in mind, with a double and a twin bedroom. It’d probably be fair to say that we wouldn’t put Davison’s on the same level as some of the borderline opulent camps elsewhere in Zimbabwe, however it’s certainly comfortable and for those who prioritise game viewing over ritzy interior design or 5* polish, this is a cracking camp.
What can I do at Davison’s?
The Linkwasha Concession is one of the best game viewing areas in Hwange, so it makes sense that the main activity at Davison’s is morning and afternoon game drives, conducted in 7-seater game drive vehicles. Please note that private game drive vehicles are not available at Davison’s. There are also evening game drives with a spotlight, which are excellent for spotting nocturnal animals. For those who want to experience the sights and sounds of the bush up close, we’d also recommend a walking safari– Zimbabwean guides are particularly good and make these a real treat. Children need to be at least 13 for a walking safari.
Giving back at Davison’s: Conservation of the landscape and the wildlife (of which supporting the local community is a key element) is an integral part of life at Davison’s. The owners of the camp maintain 14 boreholes in the park, providing water during the parched dry season, they help the park authorities with anti-poaching, provide equipment for local schools and training for teachers, as well as providing a daily meal for the children of 5 schools. Perhaps our favourite of all of these projects is Children in the Wilderness which once a year brings children from local schools into the camp to experience Hwange’s natural wonders.
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