Davison's Camp

Davison's Camp: Our full report

9 tented chalets
Traveller's rating
Excellent (93%) From 6 reviews
Best for aged 16+
All year

Davison's Camp spreads out in the intermittent shade of a sparse woodland of African rosewood (Guibourtia coleosperma) trees, in the south-east Linkwasha Concession of Hwange National Park. The camp was named after Hwange's first head warden – Ted Davison, and it overlooks an open plain containing a permanent waterhole which is popular with game, elephants and a variety of other big game are often seen from the camp.

During our last visit in November 2017 the camp was being used as the base for the Children in the Wilderness project. A fantastic project aiming to promote conservation and sustainable tourism by education children from rural communities in Africa. It was fantastic to see the children enjoying their time in the bush and learning about the value of wildlife that often makes their home lives difficult. However, it made it a little tricky to get a true sense of the camp. Here is what we know of Davison’s from this visit and previous ones.

Davison's Camp shares a private concession within Hwange National Park with its sister properties Makalolo Plains Camp, Little Makalolo Camp and Linkwasha Camp. Davison’s is the simplest of these options, it consists of nine tented chalets, each with a concrete veranda decked out with a couple of metal chairs and a table, and overlooking the waterhole. The chalets are fairly basic but clean and comfortable, with twin beds or a double, ceiling fans and concrete block floors covered by two or three rugs. A canvas roof provides protection from the elements while extremely wide and broad mesh windows give high and wide vistas of the pan.

One of the chalets at Davison's is a family chalet, similar to the normal double chalet, but with a second en-suite twin bedroom. It's worth noting that the camp is often willing to provide an extra mattress on the floor of a twin or double room to allow three people per tent.

The chalets all have tastefully decorated en-suite bathrooms with an indoor shower (with hot and cold running water), a deep soapstone sink and a flushing toilet. There is also an impressive varnished-wood partition that separates the bathroom from the rest of the chalet and provides storage space too. Good-quality complimentary toiletries are provided. The tents were in the process of being upgraded on our last visit and although the new tents are of a very similar style and design it is clear they and an improvement. As a part of the upgrade the bathrooms has been refreshed switching the wooden partition to a low brick wall and the shower and toilet have been partitioned for additional privacy.

A well-worn path links the chalets to Davison's main area, which forms a V-shaped structure with a dining room in one wing and a comfortable, fan-cooled lounge area with a small bar in the other. It's very open and airy with solid concrete floors largely covered by substantial rugs. The wood-and-canvas walls on one side of this area conceal the entrance road to camp while opposite, one completely open side allows views of the pan in front of Davison's. The dining room consists of a long communal dining table, with tea and coffee available throughout the day from a side table.

The is now a viewing deck on the roof of the dining area for and elevated view of the waterhole – shaded by tress this is a perfect spot to relax with a book or sundowner. On hotter days the pool is a welcome addition and a great way to cool off.

Davison's Camp usually offers two activities per day: one in the early morning and another in the afternoon/early evening. Options centre around 4WD game drives in open-sided game viewers. Evening drives, when spotlights are permitted as dusk falls on the return to camp, afford the chance to see the nocturnal side of Hwange's wildlife. In the morning, Davison's also offers excellent guided walking safaris, escorted by an armed guide with a professional Zimbabwean guides' licence.

Our view

Davison's is a small camp which is functional and well maintained but not as luxurious as other camps in the region. Nevertheless it has some interesting features and is in a good location for game.


Location: Hwange National Park, Zimbabwe

Ideal length of stay: Davison’s Camp works well as a two or three night stop in the southern part of the park.

Directions: The best way to access Davison's is to transfer by road from either Makalolo or Hwange Main Camp airstrips.

Accessible by: Fly-and-Transfer

Key personnel

Owner: Wilderness Safaris/Safari Adventure Company

Food & drink

Usual board basis: Full Board

Food quality: On our last visit in Nov 2017 we only dropped into Davison’s fo a site inspection and didn’t have a chance to eat here. This said we would expect a similar standard and style of food to that at Little Makalolo Camp and Linkwasha Camp.

Expect a breakfast of cereals, yoghurt, fresh fruit, cold meats, cheeses, muffins and breaks. Lunch is likely to be a set menu, perhaps with a couple of options. Similarly expect a three-course dinner with a choice of mains. Occasionally the lodge may put on traditional evening with a braii (BBQ).

Dining style: Group Meals

Dining locations: Indoor and Outdoor Dining

Cost of meal e.g. lunch: Included

Drinks included: Soft drinks, bottled water, spirits, local beers and a selection of wines (usually South African) are included. Imported wines and spirits and champagne cost extra – and may even need to be requested in advance.

Further dining info: Yes, meals can be arranged at guests' tents but this is reserved for special occasions.


Attitude towards children: Davison's Camp accepts children aged 6 and above although there are no specific provisions for them.

Property’s age restrictions: Davison's Camp accepts children aged 6 and above.

Special activities & services: The camp usually insists that guests with children under 12 hire their own private vehicle for game drives.

Equipment: None

Notes: Children must be under a parent's supervision at all times.


Power supply: Mains Electricity

Power supply notes: There is a back-up generator incase the national grid supply fails.

Communications: There is no mobile phone signal here, but the camp can communicate by Satellite phone in case of emergency.

TV & radio: None

Water supply: Borehole

Water supply notes: All room have hot and cold running water and flush toilets.

Health & safety

Malarial protection recommended: Yes

Medical care: The camp has a basic first-aid kit and there are fist aid trained staff on site. The nearest doctors are probably in Victoria Falls town and Bulawayo.

Dangerous animals: High Risk

Security measures: The camp is patrolled at night by unarmed security guards

Fire safety: Davison's has a fire extinguisher in each room and a further few dotted all around the camp.


Disabled access: Not Possible

Laundry facilities: There is a complimentary laundry service included, although for cultural reasons, women's underwear isn't accepted. Washing powder is provided for guests who wish to do this themselves.

Money: There are safe bags for valuables in the rooms. Travellers can take these to the lodge office to be locked a large communal safe.

Accepted payment on location: Cash payments can be made in USD, GBP, rand and euro.

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