Camp Hwange

Reviews of Camp Hwange

Excellent(96%) From 67 travellers
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Below are independent comments from 67 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 & Mrs O from Somerset
Arrived on: 2-May-2019 Stayed for: 4 nights
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Magnificent Camp Hwange

We were delighted when our departure from Ruckomechi to Camp Hwange was scheduled for 0700. At last a 206 flight in the cool and arrival in plenty of time to settle in before the afternoon activity. Like most good plans it fell at the first hurdle and our departure was delayed to 0900 and re-routed via Kariba where we met our planned aircraft. We spent most of an hour on the ground waiting for refuelling and paperwork and finally arrived at Robins Camp airstrip in the heat of the day with a 2 hour drive to Camp Hwange involving a vehicle change. Why we landed at Robins rather than Giraffe Springs which is only an hour from Camp Hwange defeats logic.

However, for our final run to the camp we were driven by Washington who was to be our guide for the full 4 nights. As with Ruckomechi we again had the vehicle and Washington to ourselves throughout. A wonderful guide and a real pleasure to be with he rapidly sensed that we are interested in any aspect of the bush and went out of his way to make sure we had a fully immersive experience. Well done Washington.

We chose not to do any of the much advertised walking as with only 3 full days we find walks rather restricted in terms of what might be seen. Our tactics paid off and we had some of the most exciting and fascinating sightings in 18 years of safari holidays. Tree climbing cheetah, 6 bull elephants playing like toddlers in a pond with hippo, wild dog etc etc etc. Truly wonderful photo opportunities in a fabulous landscape.

The accommodation is advertised as perhaps more rustic than is available elsewhere but we found it excellent with the bonus of a ceiling fan inside the mosquito net. Food was terrific and we enjoyed our time at Camp Hwange more than any we have stayed at in many years. We felt that the morning drive from 0630 to almost 1300 was stretching the schedule because from 1100 on it is becoming too hot for most animals and birds while the light is unhelpful for photography.

Overall Camp Hwange is a hard act to follow and we enjoyed the experience 110%.

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Mr & Mrs C from Berwick
Arrived on: 22-Apr-2019 Stayed for: 6 nights
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Memorable encounters

The camp is quite isolated and the only other vehicles we saw were a handful of self drivers using the campsites in the area.

There had been some rain not long before our visit so wildlife was dispersed and a little harder to find. For most of the time we had ZimPro guide Moses, almost qualified Jean and tracker Changa so not much escaped their notice and there was a constant flow of knowledge and bush facts.

We enjoyed three walks and the biggest surprise was an aardwolf jumping out of long grass right beside us one early morning! We had memorable encounters on foot and in the jeep with lots of elephants.

Night drives were among the best we have ever had in Africa including sightings of African wildcats, genets and a wolf spider seen and located from an amazing distance, also the six lions known as the "SuperModels", which resulted in one of the best photos of the trip.

For vegetarians the food was hit and miss with lunch always better than dinner. Overall the staff were enthusiastic and knowledgeable but there was a hard to define lack of atmosphere at some meal times.

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Mr J from Milton Keynes
Arrived on: 12-Feb-2019 Stayed for: 3 nights
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Camp Hwange review

An authentic camp with great walking safaris

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Mrs F. from London
Arrived on: 15-Jan-2019 Stayed for: 3 nights
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Camp Hwange

The long drive to and from the camp were safaris rather than journeys and I came in from the west and left to the east. The guide Adam was excellent and very knowledgeable and thorough with his safety. We did several walking safaris and were very close to the animals.

Again we seemed to be forever eating but it was all good. My chalet was comfortable with everything provided and a great view of the pan. Although it was the rainy season the rains had not really arrived so most of the pans were quite low. We saw an extraordinary number of raptors because of the termite swarms which was a special sight. Everyone was attentive and friendly nothing was too much trouble.

Again I was lucky to have quite a few safaris on my own and we saw serval and caracal which Adam had only seen once before so we were very lucky. There seemed to be a huge variety of antelope too. I wanted to go to Hwange because of the painted dogs but saw none so it was lucky I saw them in Zambia.

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Mr & Mrs K from Gwent
Arrived on: 4-Nov-2018 Stayed for: 3 nights
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Good trip to this camp

We had a truly exceptional guide, by the name of Andy, who was not part of the staff, but a freelance as far as we could tell.

He was thorough, very informative, and able to pass on detailed information on a wide range of subjects. Possibly the best guide we have had on any safari. Otherwise the camp was comfortable, the staff were excellent, and the game was profuse. We liked the location, the rooms and the food was good, though not exceptional.

As we go to these places primarily for the guiding, Andy made the trip for us.

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Mr C & Mr K from Oxon
Arrived on: 10-Oct-2018 Stayed for: 3 nights
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Excellent Camp Hwange

Very good accommodation - plenty of space and well ventilated. Only criticism was that shower rose could do with descaling. Very friendly and attentive staff. Our guide, Adam, was the best and most knowledgeable guide we have come across and was a pleasure to be with - which is saying a lot as it was up to 39 degrees and one of our "walks" was 20km!
Good comfortable vehicles.
In addition to the animals on the list, we saw Klipspringer, Ostrich with chicks, Serval, Honey Badger, Martial Eagle, Verraux's Eagle Owl and African Wild Cat. Although we failed to see a black rhino (on our 20km walk) we heard one....
A pangolin was seen the day before we arrived!

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Mr S. from Clontarf
Arrived on: 7-Sep-2018 Stayed for: 2 nights
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Well run camp with a lot of widlife

Professionally well run owner-managed camp. Dave was very much in evidence and ensured everyone got a great experience.

We saw a host of animals here especially cats with an incredible first day - lion, cheetah, caracal, serval, wild cat There was a good team of experienced guides who were talking regularly to each other to track down the game. The camp is run very flexibly with schedules varied to match the animal sightings rather than sticking to fixed times.

The rooms are excellent and very comfortable. We had the same guide Kevin for most of our time and he was very keen to ensure we saw as much as possible

Recommended.

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Mr & Mrs P from Cold Ash
Arrived on: 7-Sep-2018 Stayed for: 3 nights
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Wonderful Camp with great atmosphere

We really enjoyed Camp Hwange.

It was excellent in all aspects, particularly. the game drives.

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Arrived on: 28-Aug-2018 Stayed for: 8 nights
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Fantastic Safari at Camp Hwange

This was our second stay at Camp Hwange. This time we stayed 8 nights. Well where to start. The transfers where seamless as usual, drinks where offered on the way to the camp. It is a 31/2 to 4 hour transfer fro Vic falls, yes you go thought an open mine, but they have put in a road that takes you round the outside not through anymore. Once at the gate into the park you are met by one the the learner guides from the camp. Once you go through the gate your safari starts.

The welcome at camp was lovely as always, staff to meet you and a drink. Once shown to your room where your bags are all ready you are shown everything in the room. We then went back to the main bit of camp for lunch. The great thing about this camp is that you all eat together round a big table with the guides and other guests.

In the morning you are woken at 5.30 with hot water in a flask for a cup of tea or coffee you then make your way to the main area of camp when it light enough to leave your room which is about 6.00, you have breakfast and then go out on your morning game drive. You get back from the morning game drive in time for lunch. After lunch you have a couple of hours to yourself before afternoon tea and afternoon game drive. Your evening game drive involves sun downers of course, then a night drive back to the camp for dinner. You can go on walking safari's but we chose not to.

The food was brilliant as always and nothing is to much trouble. The staff are all very friendly and look after you. Our guide Washington was fantastic and his knowledge of the bush is second to none. Adam was great as well. Kim looked after any of our needs very well. Zimbabwean guides are the best I known.

This camp is one of the best we have stayed at, the think that we liked about it is that you are away from most of the main camps in Hwange so don't see many other vehicles do must of the time you have the animals to yourselves. This was our second time here and we will go back again.

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Mr & Mrs L from Wellington
Arrived on: 4-Aug-2018 Stayed for: 4 nights
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Camp Hwange review

Quite outstanding in all respects.

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