Camp Hwange

Reviews of Camp Hwange

Excellent(96%) From 66 travellers
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Below are independent comments from 66 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.
BJB from Los Angeles
Arrived on: 29-Jun-2017 Stayed for: 3 nights
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Camp Hwange Hidden Gem

While not easy to reach, Camp Hwange is a hidden gem. It is small and intimate with an outstanding staff.

The rooms are large and comfortable with great views of the game gathering at the watering hole. In addition to game drives in a jeep, there are many opportunities for walking.

During the day, we tracked lions, followed a cheetah, and experienced outstanding night drives.

For easier access, an airstrip is being built in the vicinity and should be completed in the near future.

Expert Africa arranged for Julian Brookstein as a private guide here; these travellers commented:

We had the privilege of being guided by Julian Brookstein. In addition to his vast knowledge of the animals in the bush, Julian has a particular interest in lion conservation. As we sat observing two lionesses and their two year old cubs, Julian shared the most fascinating lineage and history of the lions in the area. We also had the opportunity to track lions on a seven mile walking safari. Hwange offers the opportunity for night drives and Julian did not disappoint. His ability to spot small game was remarkable.

On our final day, we tracked a cheetah who cavorted and "posed" for us for over an hour.

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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
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 & 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 from 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 from IOW
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 & Mrs G from 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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Mr Steve King from USA
Arrived on: 22-Sep-2016 Stayed for: 3 nights
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Lots of wildlife around Camp Hwange

We saw an amazing amount of wildlife. Andy was an excellent guide. He accommodated us to the best of his ability, including a fruitless half day attempt to spot a rhino.

He was knowledgeable and experienced. When they talk about the great guiding in Zimbabwe, Andy is what they mean.

Couldn't be happier with the time spent at Camp Hwange. We saw it all except for a cheetah, and rhino. Enjoyed listening to the animals around the watering hole at night.

I highly recommend Camp Hwange.

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Mr & Mrs H from Orpington
Arrived on: 11-Sep-2016 Stayed for: 3 nights
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Camp Hwangi - excellent walking safari ....

Guides (Mike and Dean) were both excellent but we noted that they were freelance and neither would have been there for the following weeks' guests.

The managers were on holiday whilst we were there so can not comment but thought all the staff that we did meet were quite exceptional even to the point that when clothes went to the laundry with forgotten $$ in the pocket - the money was returned immediately.

Highlights:-

Sundowner at a distant waterhole - watching hundreds of elephants & buffalo. Evening candle light dinner in the bush.

Walking safari with guide Dean. Watching the lion cubs play with guide Mike & thanks for the wonderful photos he took.

Return drive to gate with Washington - he had amazing detection skills!

Lowlights:-

Not facing a permanent waterhole that was described as pumped year round - it has almost dried up so this restricted the animals we would expect to see from our room.

Indemnity Form: strangely worded - maybe we should have been warned of this before hand! Curious to know how legally enforceable this document is?
e.g. 'This exception from liability shall apply even where injury, harm or loss referred above is caused by the negligence of any of the parties'.

The drive from Victoria Falls to Camp Hwange took longer than expected - almost five hours rather than three.

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Ms H from London
Arrived on: 26-Aug-2016 Stayed for: 3 nights
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Camp Hwange review

I loved this camp, the guides were incredible, the rooms beautiful and the food delicious. We loved tracking lions on foot and were lucky enough to see a cheetah, leopard and hyena. Actually I enjoyed seeing the hares and mongoose almost more, the animals that you don't necessarily know about.

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