Reviews of Camp Hwange
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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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
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.
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.
Eyeball to eyeball with elephants
A new camp set up by top Zim guide Dave Carson. It has a lovely relaxed atmosphere with the tented rooms and open dining area set around the waterhole.
It's described as simple but we found it really comfortable with lovely airy rooms well kitted out. It felt refreshingly different to some of the bigger camps we'd been to. The managers were away when we stayed but Tony Marsh, Washington and Gareth and all the staff did a great job in making everyone feel at home. We were there in the hottest month (October) and so there was plenty of game at our waterhole and we were eyeball to eyeball with elephants as we sat behind the boma made of branches and dead trees and they came to drink.
Our guide Tony, took us walking and on game drives and was a great source of information. The only drawback at Hwange is that at this time of year the only game is around the pans and driving between can take quite a while. We've never seen so many elephants in one place. Other game was more limited although we did see lion at a distance and also sable and roan. Three nights felt just right.
Very knowlegable guiding
This camp is a long drive if you come from Little Mak and so I would say better to go there from Victoria.
Please see above for travel time related problems.
As we only had two nights and had essentially missed the first day Julian, the Manager and Guide took us out for the whole of Wednesday so that we could see as much of the area as possible. Julian could also turn his hand to a cooked picnic lunch which was a bonus on a long day out. We were the only guests at the Camp and I don't know whether he would have been able to go out for the day if there were other guests.
He and the apprentice guide were very knowledgeable and it is a pity we did not have the time to do any walking here as this had been an aim of this particular trip and choice of safari. I think given the quality of the guiding that this would have been a good experience at this camp.
The area is very different from Mana and the Eastern side of Hwange NP so a good contrast.
Good food, accommodation and guiding make for a good combination with good game viewing.