Reviews of Little Makalolo Camp
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Little Makalolo review
Has the advantage of being a small camp which enables staff to give good levels of personal attention.Read more about the whole safari
Wonderful stay at Little Mak
Little Mak was really a lovely camp. The staff is very friendly, the cooker simply uncredible! And so many animals, big heards of antilops (roane, sable, eland, kudus...), lions, leopards, and so many elephants! The hide at the camp's waterhole was definitively the best with elephants all around us and so close. Just sad not to see the waterhole from the room.
And a little word to say that it is so cold during the night, it's very important to have big jacket for the night and morning game drive.
Transits were just a bit too long.
Just one or two small points regarding transfers.
Whilst accepting that the camp is around 50 miles from the nearest hard road, we thought that a 9.5 hr transfer was a little too long for comfort (nevertheless it was an enjoyable experience). We were however given a packed lunch which was very nice.
On the transfer to Vic Falls we had a 6am start which, in an open vehicle, was a little cold (this part took 3hrs), we were however met by another 'closed' vehicle and this part took 2 hrs.
All other aspects of the trip were outstanding. What a super location, right under the tree line and with the waterhole and hide it was spectacular. One other good aspect was that we could use a red spotlight to look for game on our way back in the evenings. This proved very successful as we were able to locate and watch a leopard.
Food was excellent, as were staff. Again, we didn't want to leave.
Little Makalolo Camp review
Do we need say more?Read more about the whole safari
We arrived to cool refreshments and a wet hand towel every time we came to Little Makalolo.
The staff were awesome, rooms were stunning, game drives were entertaining and wonderful.
Not once were we disappointed by anything.
This camp went beyond our expectations and then some!
Again, the staff made our trip -wildlife too-
Expert Africa comments
We were delighted to read about the great job everyone at Little Makalolo did in making sure these guests had a truly memoreable time in Hwange. If you'd like to read more about their time at Little Mak. then please take a look at their blog. It's an excellent read and there are some fantastic photos too.
This is a well run camp and had the hallmarks of other Wilderness camps that we have stayed at - warm welcome, high standard of comfort in rooms, well organised, good activities.
The sheer density of animals visiting the pans was amazing and if you like elephants this is surely the place to be. We had the enormous fortune of seeing an elephant being born just on the way from the airstrip....imagine that!
The guiding was very good and flexible when we found ourselves seeing half of the bush at one pan when were supposed to head back for brunch. That kind of flexibility really helps to add to the enjoyment.
The hide at the camp was also really good to sit in and watch the elephants up close.
We simply did not have sufficient time at this camp with only 2 nights. With endless travel to the camp, (about 6 hours) and an early start when we left we only managed 3 activities which is a real shame.
Travel arrangements need to be looked at carefully. We left Mana at 10am and flew all the way back to Victoria stopping at Cariba before then going on to Little Mak. We had no idea what the arrangements were before we met the pilot. . We missed lunch completely and there is of course nowhere to get a snack! Fortunately Goliath did an abridged drive for us in the morning, otherwise we would have had a very limited day of game viewing. The journey on to Camp Hwange started early as we joined other guests leaving at 06.30. We then had about a 3 hour wait up at Main Camp for our transfer, before the drive to Camp Hwange. This meant we did not have a drive at CH that day arriving very late afternoon, although we did stop en route to look at what was around. It was an exhausting day of travel though with limited game viewing.
Little Makalolo Camp review
A great camp.
Excellent guides and "front of house" team, good food and clean, well-maintained camp.
2 nights were not enough
My stay at Liitle Mak was a highlight of my whole Zimbabwe journey. The camp, the people,the other guests, the food, my beautiful honeymoon!!! tent, the waterhole and the logpile hide in front of it, everything was just amazing. Elephants galore, what more could I have wished.
On the game drives with my great guide Louis I had wonderful sightings of lion, leopard, buffalo, sable, wildebeest, zebra etc. I cannot name it all.
Thank you, Rania, Kim, Louis and the whole staff for making my stay unforgettable. I will be back.
Little Makalolo Camp review
We had been waiting many years to visit Hwange NP, it certainly lived up to expectations. Beautiful wild area very few other people around and lots of game.
We saw the most relaxed elephants we have ever seen, even with very young babies they were not really worried about us.
We had been wanting to see sable antelope for many years and we did here, lovely group of nine with young.
Eleven lions with various ages of cubs .Plenty of giraffes ( they do not occur in the Zambezi Valley)
AND FOUR WHITE RHINOS !! Male, 2 adult females and 1 young
We were fortunate to have Lewis as our guide for the 5 nights we were there (he has now left to take a job with the Trans Frontier NPs).
His scientific knowledge was excellent, he knew about the latest research that was being done and results.
All the staff at the camp were helpful, interested and again had great senses of humour, we could not have asked for more.
Watch out Zambia you now have a great rival !