Reviews of Camp Hwange
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WOW! THE Place for walking Safaris!
Camp Hwange, thats an absolut stunning Camp by itself.
But the Guiding there is absolutely phenomenal. You're walking, but you're walking just upon an Elepant Bull in heat. Sitting in the tall Grass and watching these fantastic animals, just a few meters away. Wonderfull experience and completely different in terms of walking, what I have had experienced before.
Thanks to Julian and Adam the Guides! Also a big thank to Ashley and the team in the kitchen. The food was of a very high quality and especially the Lunch was one of the best in Africa so far. In terms of Game, I've saw definitely more in the Southern Part of the Park this time of the Season. But according to a lot of peoples, during the dry season, this must be the place.
Wonderfull place and definatly worth to come back in the dry season as the guiding and walking and the hosting is 5 stars!
Feeling part of the safari family
It's hard to imagine a more in-depth safari experience than Camp Hwange. For a start, it's extremely remote, and the transfer from Vic Falls alone is somewhat of an adventure.
From our first afternoon, we were taken out on varied and exciting safaris with their extremely knowledgeable team. Mostly these revolved around a couple of lion groups, but then with diversions according to what other animals (or tracks) were spotted. The wildlife viewing was exceptional - up close with a huge variety of animals including a leopard that had taken up residence not far from the camp.
Meals were very well catered, and eaten communally, giving a great opportunity to meet other guests and share stories. It's no wonder that some people come back repeatedly to Hwange.
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We have visited Camp Hwange several times in previous years - but only passing through with the mobile safari. This was our first overnight and it met all expectations. Definitely a place to visit again.Read more about the whole safari
Camp Hwange review
Over recent years we have been to several lodges and camps to the south east of Main Camp and now we decided to explore the area north and west of the Park where the terrain is more varied than we had experienced previously. This led us to select Camp Hwange. It proved to be an excellent choice.
Their emphasis is very much on providing a full experience,
We do not go on guided walks which is one of their regular features, but concentrate on game driving on which we can comment. Game drives last more or less as long as you want from 3 or 4 hours up to 6 hours and if required a whole day with packed lunches ( you can even discuss your meal requirements with management). Note: there are formal toilet facilities at one or two sites you may pass by during the day.
Camp Hwange offers good flexibility and a full day of activity if you want.
They have a large area of "concession" where they can search for animals plus the formal waterholes and pans which are located in National Park area and which we found provided good scenic backgrounds for photography. Rooms and food are typical of this type of camp and we would rate as good.
This was our first visit and we would hope to return again in the near future.
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Excellent guides. I was never very enthusiastic about walking safaris, but the walking here was excellent. Food was great.
Only negative was that I was lumped into a large photography group on the last day and felt a little rushed out of the National Park because of their flight schedule.
Beautiful camp and superb welcome in Hwange
The camp has its own concession where the guides are not restricted to the roads enabling you to get closer to the wildlife. The central boma and all of the very comfortable rooms look towards a central pan so you can game spot from breakfast or your room! The views are simply stunning and in the evening the stars above the camp fire are magical.
Service at the camp was excellent, the staff were brilliant and create an ambience at the camp of a home from home. The guides' enthusiasm was infectious and they build time to sit and watch into the drives which is often a better way to see the wildlife - on our last night we enjoyed our sundowner drinks from within the hiding point next to the Camp's pan and watched the elephants and one lion drinking as the sun set!
The food was extremely good and plentiful (breakfast, morning tea and snacks for the morning game drive, lunch, afternoon tea, sundowner drinks for the evening game drive and pre-dinner drinks and canape and three course dinner).
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We fell in love with the camp and its staff the minute we arrived. Everyone was extremely welcoming and friendly and always made sure we had everything we needed.
Being able to walk for long distances was a great experience. Our guides Quinn and Steven and our tracker Felix were exceptional. Great night drives too. The tents are spacious and nicely furnished.
Really friendly atmosphere - lovely sitting by the fire with the guides and the lovely hostess Ruth at night.
The food was excellent and the staff went out of their way to provide delicious vegetarian options at all meals.
Will suit active guests particularly.
Extremely cold at night. Extra layers essential for early morning drives.
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The camp is lovely, not a luxury camp but extremely comfortable. You certainly get a 'Wilderness' experience here. The staff are great and go out of their way to make your trip enjoyable. We did walking safaris, a day safari etc in parts of the park in very remote areas. The rooms are lovely, spacious, comfortable. My only suggestion would be bath robes (it gets a little chilly at 530am in the morning and after dinner pm) and a hairdryer. This is only a suggestion not a fault.
Eating together with the whole team and guests was great fun and gave a really nice vibe to the whole stay. The food is absolutely great and all home cooked. The table always looked beautiful. You do not starve there so much food!
We learnt so much from the team and would love to return.
Great time at Camp Hwange
Great place to stay as you feel so close to the animals but far away from everything else. Beautiful rooms, views and setting. Friendly staff. Spike was exceptionally knowledgeable. Vegetarian food was the best I'd had on holiday in over 30 years of travelling as a vegetarian. We saw two male lions up closer than we could possibly have imagined on three different occasions; and tracked a bull elephant through the bush 'til we could sit on a rock and watch him eat his lunch by ripping the bark off a tree. Fantastic birdlife as well.
Downsides: we were picked up by Stephen (who was a great guide) at the camp gate and taken on a fairly long and roundabout drive to get to the Camp; we saw loads of amazing wildlife immediately which was a great treat and a real surprise but by this stage we'd been travelling for over 24 hours and were exhausted; we'd had a bite to eat at Jo'burg airport but hardly anything on our connecting flight; it would've been good to be warned about this, or offered some food/options as we were very tired and quite hungry, and had assumed we'd be taken more or less straight to the camp! We were so keen to see stuff though that we weren't too bothered, but others might be.
We were also picked up with a large group of other people (possibly staff from the national park as they were mostly dropped off en route), but one of them got quite drunk and was being persistently over-friendly which wasn't ideal. The route through the coalfields from Vic Falls airport wasn't the best way to be introduced to the National Park. I wonder if there is an alternative if slightly longer route via Main Camp to Camp Hwange that would avoid this?
Also a couple of the game drives were quite long without seeing much; early starts also meant we really needed our siestas so possibly it would be good to make these shorter when there's not much to see.