Camp Hwange

Reviews of Camp Hwange

Excellent(96%) From 14 travellers
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Below are independent comments from 14 of our travellers who have visited Camp Hwange, and have kindly agreed to share their thoughts.

They do not necessarily represent the views of Expert Africa.
Ms A - London
Arrived on: 3-Dec-2013 Stayed for: 3 nights
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Camp Hwange review

Camp Hwange was my first ever Safari experience and was utterly magical. Zimbabwe is such an amazing country and Camp Hwange is the perfect setting. The Camp is beautiful and I cannot fault the place.

Wildlife was sublime (you may not necesaarily tick off "the big 5) but what you do get is a much more authentic game watching trip with far fewer people. We barely saw another soul. The guides are incredibly knowledgable and you get to do "walking safari." Getting out of the jeep is liberating. You can analyse footprints and then go and track elephants (for example). You feel almost intrepid and it's amazing to get so close to the animals and they don't know you are there.

In terms of food, I can honestly say it was excellent. Not a bad meal. The accomdation is also perfect. Would recommend this place to the most discerning of clients.

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Mr and Mrs B from Buckinghamshire
Arrived on: 6-Nov-2013 Stayed for: 3 nights
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Great camp!

Fantastic location with excellent guides. We particularly enjoyed a full day out visiting different locations which included a walk and lunch cooked al fresco.

Knowledgeable guides give so much to the whole safari experience. We even managed to pack in an additional early morning safari on the day of our departure which was unexpected and thoroughly enjoyable and to add to the pleasure, there was a full English before we departed!

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Mr G & Ms A - London
Arrived on: 14-Oct-2013 Stayed for: 3 nights
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Wonderful 3 days at Camp Hwange

We spent three wonderful days at Camp Hwange in October. The lodge was fantastic, the rooms comfortable and open, and absolutely loved the view over the watering hole from the shower. The staff were great, and the food was arguably the best we'd had amongst all our lodge stays.

In terms of guiding, Julian and Washington were simply exceptional. It didn't feel like a tickbox trip at all, and we found ourselves in front of a scene for an hour or more many times, be it Goose with the lionesses or the about 70 elephants having a mudbath in the moonlight. The walks and drives were always interesting, engaging and very educational.

Camp Hwange was a brilliant experience, and we can't wait to go back.

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Mr. P - Bucks
Arrived on: 26-Sep-2013 Stayed for: 3 nights
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game, knowlege of wildlife and hospitality

Put together hours spent with passionate knowledgeable guides following and viewing a very wide variety of game with a charming and very hospitable dining room and relaxation lodge and you have the recipe for delighted guests.

The individual chalets were far from sparse, as they were described in one write up, and this camp is bound to be very successful.

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The L family from Ripon
Arrived on: 11-Aug-2013 Stayed for: 2 nights
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Camp Hwange review

You drive for about 1.5 hours from Vic Falls airport to Hwange national park entrance, only comment is you do drive through an open cast coal mine for about ten minutes which isn't a problem but a bit of an eye opener as the lorries spill a lot of dust which unnecessarily pollutes the nearby bush, why not put a cover on the load and problem solved ?

Met by Stephen our guide for the tour and in my opinion the best most helpful guy you could want.....say no more!

After a long drive/safari we arrived at Camp Hwange. The open air dining room bar and lounge are really lovely nicely furnished and well thought. There was a camp fire to the front and ahead of this a large watering hole with resident hippos, excellent. Dinner was delightful, all guests and guides present which we liked as we could hear others stories and swap ideas for the next day. The staff were fantastic and we loved the table design they clearly spent time creating and was much appreciated thanks.

It was our first safari so not sure what to expect, more seasoned veterans we met said the game is not abundant here but they thought this added to the thrill when you did encounter game. Each drive we did whilst quiet for long periods was always eventful in the end. By the end of each day we had seen enough game to satisfy us at least and can include Lions, Baboons, Buffalo, Giraffe, numerous antelope species, vultures etc in our sightings. We also got a fleeting view of a leopard. The big thing is elephant ! loads of elephants ! This was the best thing for us just observing dozens of different herds all over the watering holes and bush was fantastic.

Our room was great, a large tent like structure very nicely done with lovely bedding and mossy net, big open shower and everything you needed. Just one thing is it could really do with a mini bar so you can have a cold drink when you return to the room. The single thermos flask they leave in your room doesn't do it for me although I know this may not be possible due to power supply but it would be great for spoiled travellers.

All in all a very nice stay just what we had hoped for and compared to many others not too deadly cost wise.

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Mr & Mrs M from Manchester
Arrived on: 5-Aug-2013 Stayed for: 3 nights
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Camp Hwange review

This place is bliss - can I go back please?

Long drive from Main Camp (6 hours) but it was a game drive. We saw a leopard so what else matters?

Our guide, Andrew, was excellent. We have travelled a lot and he is without question, the best guide we have had.

The staff were very welcoming, personally greeting us after every outing and seeing us off each time.

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Mr W & Ms W from Netherlands
Arrived on: 16-Jun-2013 Stayed for: 4 nights
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Camp Hwange review

We very much enjoyed the fact that gamedrives in this camp where often combined with short walks to check out something interesting. We also liked the ability (and flexibility) to go on (unplanned) night drives, even after a full day out on gamedrive.

The camp is located in a nice spot overlooking a waterhole and has a very relaxed atmosphere. Especially when Dave is in camp.

The area is probably more spectacular later in the dry season as then there will be more game at the waterholes. Outside of the waterholes a large portion of the area surrounding the camp is covered in mopane.

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Mr & Mrs S - Texas
Arrived on: 28-Mar-2013 Stayed for: 4 nights
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Best Off-Road Adventure Guide Ever!!!

Julian and Ashley run a great camp in Hwange National Park. They are on a private concession that is about 5 miles in diameter. Julian is absolutely fearless in tracking lion here in thick brush, with us along for the thrill ride. Every day we explored a different area of the concession or the park. We saw kopies, salt pan dams, hides, crocodile pools, Robbins Camp, and hidden water holes. During night drives we even found owls!

Ashley and Sheema did a fine job with a brand new cook. Washington, a guide trainee is a delight.

We would highly recommend this camp

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Mr N & Ms S from London
Arrived on: 29-Dec-2012 Stayed for: 4 nights
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Very happy new year!

We really enjoyed our stay at Camp Hwange. David Carson is an excellent guide who was very happy to accommodate our preferences of walking and birding (168 birds identified in four days so certainly a great location for birders to visit); there was no shortage of mammals around either (we saw 23 different species albeit in relatively small numbers of each as, with the rains falling further south in the park, there had been some dispersal around the time we were there ie new year). We were also impressed by the camp's trainee ZimPro guide, Washington, and by the skills of Dave's tracker, Felix.

The camp is very well run and Dave and Antoinette are excellent hosts. The range of activities offered is first rate

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Miss B from Canada
Arrived on: 15-Nov-2012 Stayed for: 4 nights
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FUN!

This camp was amazing!
From the drive in to the 4 nights spent at the camp, we had amazing company... STELLAR hospitality and lots of laughs
We were blown away from how great his place was... and the FOOD! wowzas <3 <3
Bottom line, the staff really made it memorable. Thank you.

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Expert Africa comments

We were delighted that these travellers enjoyed such a great safari at Camp Hwange - if you'd like to read more about their adventures then please take a look at their blog. They really capture the essence of what makes Camp Hwange so special.