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Camp Hwange

Shumba Pan Game Hide, Hwange National Park 1111 Zimbabwe
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#2 of 14 lodges in Hwange National Park
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Camp Hwange is one of the newest camps to be built in the Sinamatella region of the Hwange National Park in Zimbabwe. The construction of Camp Hwange, using local materials, skills and labour wherever possible, is the culmination of a dream. Our vision is a camp that rekindles the spirit of adventure of a bygone era, and capturing the excitement of an authentic safari in Africa.
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Shumba Pan Game Hide, Hwange National Park 1111 Zimbabwe
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Storyteller494930 wrote a review Jan 2024
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Camp Hwange was a lovely three night stop over for us. We were pampered with great service & clean hotel standard accomodation & facilities. Staff were very pleasant even on the early morning rises & were knowledgeable about the local environment & wildlife, which made game viewing so much better. Thanks to our safari guide Dharmesh Daya we got to see an array of wildlife even though due to the rains we were told that would be difficult. Seeing an elephant really close up was quite special & emotional. Thank you too to Managers : Colleen & Charmaine Learner guides: Conscious Waiters: Doubt and Sima. And the team behind the scenes. Colleen & Charmaine were super & great company at supper time. Thank you Camp Hwange for a fun time, the kids had a great time.
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Date of stay: December 2023
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Vicfallshomestay wrote a review Jan 2024
Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe14 contributions2 helpful votes
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This must be the best kept secret in Hwange National Park, and our first visit there. Although we knew that the rainy season would not produce the wildlife in great numbers, we still had wonderful sightings of animals, birds, and the skies were incredible! As were the staff and guides, so friendly and attentive, and even though the Camp was full, it felt like we were the most important guests there! And the food - amazing! We give this Camp a 5 star rating, for sure! Thank you all!
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Date of stay: January 2024
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Room Tip: All round, a wonderful place to unwind, and just be!
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Lola008 wrote a review Dec 2023
Pulborough, United Kingdom376 contributions162 helpful votes
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Another small well run camp the type I like. The rooms are large , charging points & safe , plenty of hot water & shower gel etc. stunning views over the pan from each room. Food excellent & the evening dinner setting lovely , you all eat together, Guides great & they have the most fabulous pride of lions. Superb condition spent hours watching them & their cubs. Walking safari’s very interesting. Wherever you are in the camp there is a view over the pan . Think by now a new airstrip will be open which is closer than Giraffe Springs . If you are visiting Hwange park try this camp you won’t be disappointed
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Date of stay: November 2023Trip type: Travelled solo
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Alistair wrote a review Nov 2023
Chelmsford, United Kingdom3 contributions
We have just returned from spending 4 days at this fabulous camp. Picked up from Giraffe Springs by Conn and Colleen, the safari started before we even got to the camp! Our room was very comfy. All the rooms gave a fabulous view over the pan to see animals all the time. The food is superb; a self service buffet which suited us perfectly. The staff are all fabulous. Peter was our daily guide and driver. He has a great knowledge of the animals we saw and was great fun.Leanne , Colleen and Charmaine ensured we had all we required during our stay and created a wonderful relaxed atmosphere in the camp. The rest of the guys, Eric, James, Conn and Savannah are all fabulous; we had great evenings together around the campfire. Thanks to them all for a most memorable trip! Alistair and Caroline.
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Date of stay: November 2023Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Onthemove201107 wrote a review Aug 2023
Brussels, Belgium101 contributions69 helpful votes
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We landed at Giraffe springs, the drive to the camp takes 1h15 mins over a very poor dirt road. Our guide Blade took us on 2 daily game drives and connected really well with our family. Sightings are mostly seeing elephant herds at water holes but also prides of lions. On one morning we were very lucky to spend an hour with a playful pride of lion cubs. We staid out until 7:30 pm on the evening game drive, also allowing us to ride in the 'night' and discover other animals. Blade listened to our preferences and organised a walking safari, which offered a nice break from the game drives. The tents are quite comfortable, nothing too luxurious but everything you need for a comfortable stay is present. The food is good as well. The staff does a great job in taking care of the guests.
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Date of stay: July 2023Trip type: Travelled with family
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LeonardsInHK wrote a review Aug 2023
Sentosa Island, Singapore88 contributions47 helpful votes
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If you've never had the privilege to have been enfolded into the Camp Hwange bubble, it would be hard for me to explain the magic that is woven there. We've been fortunate to have been to many safari camps all over Africa and the best ones have that perfect trifecta of concession and environment (habitat, resident or migratory animals, flora and fauna), the camp itself (comfort, a gentle touch on the earth, food and staff) and the guiding services (knowledge, trackers, range of activities available like walking etc). Camp Hwange is 6 stars on all fronts. The concession itself offers almost everything even the most discerning safari guest could wish for, with a mixture of plains, woodlands and water vistas, all providing a perfect habitat for its multiple animal residents. The camp has beautifully appointed tents, that offer all the luxury of a lodge including plumbed bathrooms and a 4-poster bed. Mattresses are super comfortable and warmed at night by thoughtfully placed hot water bottles on chilly nights. The tents have netted 'windows' so you don't miss a second of the action at the water hole (which all tents have an equal view of) and there's a writing desk and small terrace for each room, both of which I enjoyed sitting at or on to breathe in the surrounds around me. But it's the warmth of the welcome of the team that really makes this camp stand out - Charmaine, Mani, James and Savannah together with an outstanding chef (who comes to the fire pit ever night to talk you through his culinary creations for the evening) to the beaming smiles of the many waiters who can never do enough for you - and who never leave you without a drink in your hand as the sun sets over the concession. The showstopper on this trip though was the third and in my view, most important part - the exceptional guiding. We were thrilled to be placed with Andrew as our guide and Chunka as our tracker. Andrew has been guiding for 35 years and kept up a running commentary of facts, stories and advice over the 3 days we were with him. His encyclopaedic knowledge of his craft was evident (but never pushy) and he patiently dealt with all my myriad questions as I sought to identify every track, animal, bird, tree or flower. We were delighted to just go out and drive with him, with seemingly little real agenda, to see what we would find. He led us on two bush walks (around 5km each) where we meandered following lion tracks one day and leopard the next and in the vehicle he found some breathtaking photo and lunch stops out of the way and next to watering holes where family after family of elephants joined us to frolic and cool off in the muddy pools. One of the things I found most refreshing about this camp and concession is that we could pretty much choose our own agenda. Some camps are quite regimented about game drive times - here, we choose to pack up a picnic and head out for a whole day on day two. In addition, whereas of course, guests come for the game viewing, here it feels like more of an adventure and that you are truly with nature in the wild seeing what you see. I've been to parks before where the game viewing is mainly driven by guides frenetically communicating on radios booking 'slots for seeing things' - it almost feels like you are being driven around a big zoo. Here at Camp Hwange, is the total opposite - you see, what you see, when you find it. And find we did. Elephants at every juncture, the 'supermodel lion pride', majestic kudu, shy water buck, stunning sable antelope, graceful giraffe, cheeky honey badgers, elusive bat-eared foxes, comical warthogs and with all the other plains animals of buffalo, zebra, impala, steenbok a-plenty. The last mention however must go to Humphrey the gardener. Humphrey is a huge bull elephant who has taken a shine to the low rumble of conversation round the campfire in the evening. So much so, that after his regular afternoon bath in the camp's watering hole, he will amble up and hang out with you by the fire. Of course, he knows elephants are not really supposed to do this, so to justify his presence, he does a little gardening whilst he's with you. This might be pruning the odd tree or pulling up the grass around you, but he told me it's merely so he can be part of the crowd and hear about your day. One night he even followed us back to our tent and stood right outside our bathroom as my husband and I brushed our teeth. Stood around 8 feet from me, I had a wonderful chat with him for 20 minutes or so before saying that regretfully, I had to go to sleep but that I hoped to see him tomorrow. He then moved off into the night - and yes, he returned to see us the following day and the day after that. As a passionate nature lover, it's reassuring to know that places like Camp Hwange exist. Solar-powered, treading as lightly on the planet as they are able to and dedicated to the nature they are surrounded by, they have got it 'just right'. So please come to this place, not armed with a list demanding to see this and that - rather come with curiosity, an open mind, willing heart and a mindful determination to just 'be' with your surrounding environment. Then I'm sure you will experience the magic we found there too. With so many beautiful places to visit in the world, we rarely go back to the same place twice. I might just have to make an exception for Camp Hwange (as long as Humphrey still has some gardening to finish).
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Date of stay: July 2023
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Room Tip: This is up there with the best safari lodges in the world. Choose here if you are a true safari...
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NorthStar48885521623 wrote a review Jul 2023
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Fabulous safari venue. Very welcoming and superb guides (special mention to Dave Christensen, a walking encyclopedia). Beautiful location, fantastic game viewing, great fun and wonderful hospitality.
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Date of stay: June 2023
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Malcolm V wrote a review Dec 2022
Mkushi, Zambia1 contribution1 helpful vote
An immersive safari experience with all the comforts but none of the frills. Personal and seamlessly efficient camp management and delicious, wholesome meals. They pride themselves in their professional standard of guiding and in mentoring guides through the rigorous qualification requirements. Game viewing was exceptional despite being the "green season" and the birding was on another level. Respect.
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Date of stay: December 2022
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jpgray1022 wrote a review Nov 2022
London, United Kingdom2 contributions1 helpful vote
Brilliant camp. Great game viewing with a special spotting of a Servil i the dusk! Chief guide Mose 5x assisted with Savannah who will be brilliant. MANNY managing and Fernando keeping you well served.
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Date of stay: October 2022Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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RachelandJulian wrote a review Oct 2022
Milton Keynes, United Kingdom11 contributions23 helpful votes
We had originally booked to go to Camp Hwange in September 2020 but like many others had to cancel our plans due to the covid pandemic and were so excited that we were finally going. We’ve been lucky enough to go on safari before and had chosen to go to Zimbabwe as they specialise in walking safaris and have the best trained guides because of the very comprehensive training they have to do. Having the right guides makes such a difference to the experience and we weren’t let down. Our guide Moses was excellent, and we were also joined by one of their learner guides, Savannah who is clearly determined to be the best female guide in Zimbabwe and I’m sure she will be. In the mornings we were also joined by Chunka, one of the trackers in the camp. We’d said we were interested in seeing rhino, though we knew the chances were small, and thanks to Chunka’s expert knowledge we had an amazing 5 hour trek learning how to follow the tracks but unfortunately due to the changing wind direction we got close but never quite caught up. We did have a close encounter on foot when we were able to get within about 15 – 20 metres of four bull elephants and it was an amazing feeling to be sat on the ground watching them and they didn’t seem to know we were there. As the camp is in a concession they can do evening drives on the way back to camp after a sundowner, and we had great sightings of serval, civet, jackal and masses of spring hare, which seem more like mini kangaroos then hares. We even had a wonderful sighting of a serval in the middle of the afternoon one day and this was the first place we have seen one. On one of the evening drives, we also saw three lion cubs which hadn’t been seen for several days. Moses had feared they might have been killed as a new male had come into the area, but we found them alive and well with their mother and her sister. Hwange is famous for elephants, and we could see why as we saw so many, families with young calves and even big groups of bull elephants. Sundowners were often by one of the water holes and watching a constant stream of elephants come down to drink as the sun sets is a breath-taking sight. The camp is lovely, the rooms and central area all face towards a waterhole so you can have great sightings without even leaving camp. One evening we had a whole herd of buffalo in the camp. We were at the camp for 5 nights and for the first 3 we were the only guests, so we had a great time getting to know Shayne the camp manager, Mani her assistant, as well as finding out more about Moses and Savannah. All of the staff at the camp are very helpful and friendly, the food was lovely and with such great guides and sightings our trip to Camp Hwange was a wonderful experience and we came away with many amazing memories.
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Date of stay: September 2022
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