Camp Hwange

Reviews of Camp Hwange

Excellent(97%) From 49 travellers
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Below are independent comments from 49 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.
Mr H - Michigan
Arrived on: 26-Sep-2017 Stayed for: 4 nights
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Camp Hwange review

We really enjoyed our time at Camp Hwange.

The staff was great and wonderful experience on safari.

We stayed 4 nights which we thought about right for starting our trip and the guiding was superb and very educational.

We were lucky enough to see a second leopard and a pride of lion staying the fourth night!

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Mr A. from Glasgow
Arrived on: 25-Sep-2017 Stayed for: 3 nights
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An unexpected wonder

The drive to Hwange through the Park was at first quite uninspiring, through an open cast coal mine, then mile after mile of quite burnt out scrub land. After a long drive through the park reaching the camp was a great reward and the warmth of the reception by staff was very welcoming. The chalets were very good but in the heat of the day, would really have benefited from some form of aircon.

Adam,our guide and host did a fantastic job. we had an amazing walking safari, tracking lion several unforgettable encounters with elephants, including a heart-stopping close encounter from behind some fallen tree stumps with an older bull and then a younger more nervous one. And our last night dinner in the bush (a birthday treat) lit by candles was a true highlight of our trip.

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Mr A & Mrs L - Norfolk
Arrived on: 20-Sep-2017 Stayed for: 4 nights
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It's all about the Game

We had absolutely excellent game and bird viewing at Camp Hwange. Our guide, Washington, was one of the best we've had over several safari trips. A local man, he has come up through the ranks and is absolutely passionate about what he does. Ideally for us he was a mine of information about birds and keen on photography. Not yet 'Zim Pro' but he soon will be and we would always ask for him if we were to re-visit.

We were very appreciative that they set up a table on the small 'patio' in front of our room each evening and served our dinner there. Those doing the serving were delightful.

A few constructive comments - the 'back of house' was not as strong as the front. Our time of departure from the Victoria Falls Hotel was never confirmed and we spent too much of our all-too-short stay there running around during the evening and early morning trying to get the phone answered to find out. Comparing the housekeeping and laundry service with other equally remote camps, it left a lot to be desired. They have a known problem with dormice seeking food during the night. If we had been advised we could have avoided a luggage bag and a flight bag having holes eaten through them and the contents shredded.

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Ms N - San Francisco
Arrived on: 25-Aug-2017 Stayed for: 3 nights
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Beautiful camp with incredible amenities

We visited Camp Hwange for a 3 night safari and enjoyed our stay. Our decision to visit Camp Hwange was based on their solid reputation and ability to do walking tours. During our stay, a good amount of their guides were on leave which made for a crowded first day. The 2nd day improved significantly when we had a very long and full day of walking and saw a lot of great game with less people in the vehicle.

The facilities are beautiful. Of all the camps we visited, Camp Hwange had the most beautiful rooms and the best food. It was all delicious!

We did find some of the staff a bit stuffy and awkward. Maybe it's because their dining table is very wide and long that meals can feel uncomfortable. During one interaction, a manager gave me the wifi details and told me if too many people are using it in the common area they will "shut it down" because they want their guests to be social. The social aspect felt a bit forced at Camp Hwange and not natural as a result of their staff.

Overall, I'd recommend Camp Hwange because Julian is an excellent guide with an incredible amount of knowledge and the facilities are beautiful.

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Miss A. from Dubai
Arrived on: 10-Jun-2017 Stayed for: 3 nights
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True African wildlife experience

For our first African safari we couldn't have asked for more. Camp Hwange was exceptional. Right from the moment our transfer began from the airport, the game drive also began. Washington was the driver cum guide for us who was very patient and made the drive exciting talking about the flora, fauna and showing us wildlife all along the route to the camp. Once we arrived at the camp, we were greeted by extremely friendly staff that eventually enhanced our experience during the stay.

The best thing about Camp Hwange is Adam, a highly knowledgeable, enthusiastic and engaging pro guide with a great sense of humor. We chose Zimbabwe specifically for walking safari. We wanted to experience not just the big game but everything about the African wilderness. Adam made sure that we got more than what we expected. With the help of Changa, the tracker and Adam, we were able to see over 25 species of animals, 80 species of birds, learn about the vegetation of Hwange and truly appreciate the unique ecology of Africa.

Some of the things we really enjoyed was having meals with the other guests at the camp and the staff, sharing our exciting experiences. Tracy, Lana, McKenzie and the entire kitchen staff were amazing. The fellow travelers also made a big difference and the credit goes to the Camp Hwange staff for making it happen. Camp Hwange took note of our dietary requirements, in that we are vegetarians and served us the choicest of veg delights including freshly baked pastries and cookies.

There is so much to do at Camp Hwange that we thought 3 days was too short a stay and we wish to go back for more.

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Mr B & Ms N from Georgia USA
Arrived on: 5-Jun-2017 Stayed for: 3 nights
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Camp Hwange review

Guides are by far some of the best we have experienced in Africa.

The accomodations are very clean and comfortable. Food is superb and they go out of their way to accomodate vegetarians.

This was our second trip to Hwange and will not be our last. We look forward to our next trip to Africa and Hwange.

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Mr M and Ms T from London
Arrived on: 22-May-2017 Stayed for: 3 nights
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Camp Hwange review

Camp feels like it was plonked around the water hole rather than blending in.

Rooms are comfortable and well equipped

Food was of a consistently good standard

Service from all the camp staff and the guiding was excellent throughout our stay.

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Mr I & Mrs W - Dorset
Arrived on: 17-Nov-2016 Stayed for: 3 nights
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Camp Hwange - the highlight of the trip

Of the three Lodges we stayed at Camp Hwange provided the best all round experience. The accommodation has everything you need plus a great view of the Waterhole.

However, the safaris are so good that there is little time to watch what goes on at the Waterhole. This is a full on Safari experience with excellent guiding (Spike is the best guide I have encountered in Africa - knowledgeable, entertaining and great company) and included walking and a full day (14 hour) safari that gave an opportunity to see another part of the park.

The food is good and plentiful and all the staff are committed to ensuring that you have a great time. This is a happy place to stay - a big thank you to all.

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Mr D & Mrs J - Isle of Wight
Arrived on: 23-Oct-2016 Stayed for: 3 nights
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Perhaps the highlight of the trip. Lovely facilities and excellent service.

The highlight was the foot safaris with Julian - tracking lions on foot and walking to watch elephants and buffalo in the river was an amazing experience.

We'd love to go back.

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Mr and Mrs G - Herts
Arrived on: 25-Sep-2016 Stayed for: 5 nights
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Full on in many ways

Camp Hwange chosen as the safari add on to our Namibia tour , because of easy flight from Windhoek to Vic Falls, land access to Hwange NP, and varied activities at camp, with emphasis on 'walking' and night drives possible. These also distinguish S Luangwa where we have been 8 times over 30 years.

Soon became clear that Hwange walking differed markedly from rest of Africa previously experienced. As soon as a big five animal spotted, or tracks found, this became a tracking and then stalking exercise , with the intention of getting as close as possible , without intentionally creating a hazardous encounter. This evolution from hunting was striking, with considerable discussion over dinner about firearms, particularly with NRA supporting Americans. All the guides supported trophy hunting for cash as the only way to support conservation.
Our guide, a white Zimbabwean, working freelance was extremely knowledgeable about all aspects of of the bush and animals.

found there. He was very keen to please and did suggest varying the usual timetable with a full day out, and a couple of long walks initially 'nature' ones but reverting to stalking if the opportunity arose. The normal timetable was simple breakfast at 05.30, leave at 6.00, return for lunch at ca 12.30. Tea at 4.00 leave at 4.30 with spotlight from dusk till 7.30 with dinner finishing about 9.00. We felt that this did not give enough private time but given the meal times difficult to circumvent. However nobody would complain they weren't getting their moneysworth.

The extreme dryness encompassing Southern Africa this year showed in the reliance of all animals on the few water holes and damned lakes or a couple of natural spring areas. Even the ones accessible from the cam p were up to 20km apart, so it involved considerable travel between sites where animals were prolific.

It should be noted that the transfer from Vic Falls to Camp Hwange took 4.5 hours.of which 2.5 were in the park. A long time if people were coming straight out after a flight.
Description of camp as comfortable but not luxurious absolutely accurate ,food very good. Suited us very well.

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