Reviews of Davison's Camp
Wildlife sightings and reviews
9 independent comments and wildlife information from our travellers who have visited Davison's Camp and kindly agreed to share their thoughts. They do not necessarily represent the views of Expert Africa
"Davison's Camp review"
The waterhole experience was disappointing compared to other camps that we have visited...the large natural hole was too far away to see much, and there was a small concrete hole nearer which were visited by some elephants and baboons. The location of the camp meant a long bumpy drive just to get to an area where we could see wildlife, and often the pickings were rather slim. That said, we had a wonderful view of lions and their cubs, and even followed a leopard along the track.
Only comment about accommodation was the location of the toilet within the tent which afforded absolutely no privacy. There was a separate toilet location next to the main building, but of course one is restricted to one's tent during the dark hours." See all these reviews: 6n in Zimbabwe
"Very good game drives"
Surprise for us was the single room with toilet and shower etc. incorporated into the bedroom. The design of the Camp Hwange huts was so much better." See all these reviews: 13n in Zimbabwe
"Nice camp, but not what we expected"
The camp staff were very friendly and responsive, and the other guests were raving about it, but coming to it from Mwaleshi and Tafiki, our expectations were high, and we were disappointed.
We'd seen a lot of game in Zambia, including lion and leopard, so we were interested in the lesser animals, like the eland, sable, ostrich etc. At Davisons our family of four had to share a vehicle with two or three other people, and our guide was very focused on finding us the BIG game. We spent a lot of time driving, and not a lot of time 'seeing'.
Having come from Zambia, where game drives/walks are led by a guide, a scout AND a tea bearer, it was a shock to just have a guide driving, spotting and guiding. We felt this was detrimental to the experience and probably wouldn't return for this reason." See all these reviews: 8n in Zambia; 3n in Zimbabwe
"Davison's Camp review"
"A perfect place from which to see game"
Two mornings later we got to within about 20 metres of the whole pride of lions feasting on a freshly killed buffalo - the male, 5 females, 7 cubs and a young male who was kept at a distance. We sat in the Land Rover watching for good ten minutes before making way for arrivals from another camp.
We were immensely impressed by the quality of the guides although for the most part we had the same one all the time which was a nice touch. Their knowledge and bush craft was humbling.
In the camp the staff were first class: welcoming, friendly and helpful. The food was excellent. The tented chalets were of a high standard, clean, comfortable and well appointed. I had not expected to find that the camp is on mains electricity, so my solar charger for laptop, camera batteries etc was redundant.
The only criticism I have, and it came to light subsequently, is that Wilderness Safaris, who run Davison's Camp and from whose airstrip in Hwange we flew to Mana Pools, will not allow other safari camps to use 'their' airstrip in Mana Pools even though the land is owned by the National Park. Because of that we had a two hour drive over rough tracks to/from the other operational airstrip in Mana Pools instead of a 20 minute one. It seemed an unhelpful and short-sighted policy." See all these reviews: 10n in Zimbabwe
"Davison's Camp review"
The Camp is were well set and the Host/Staff/Guides are all very welcoming and it was just awesome to stay there. Also the Location is quite nice and a very good start to the Wilderness Concession in the far South of the Hwange NP. Very nice and easily to reach is the Ngamo Pan, which was very stunning from a landscape sight and also in terms of Game. Big herds of Wildebeest, must have been hundreds, Giraffes, Zebras and big herd of Eland as well!
Very nice start to my Hwange Safari." See all these reviews: 9n in Zimbabwe
"variety of wildlife, convivial camp"
star map and telescope would be awesome as night sky amazing.
all good, guides interesting and well informed.
small points..on the transfer back to Vic falls it might be nice to stop in a village ( pre organised) for a cup of tea and see what local village life is like, also to know more about CAMPFIRE and other programmes to work with locals. Also rich westerners like us could contribute more to that eg by donating binos, or money to the childrens projects which are so crucial for the long term preservation of wild areas." See all these reviews: 9n in Zimbabwe
"Davisons Camp review"
Management were able to respond well to certain requests when we had particular requirements.
On the game drives we had to travel frequently through a part of the Park which had little animal activity but we did not lose out on the total amount of time spent in the more interesting parts of their territory as the game drives gave plenty of time in the areas where animal activity was greater." See all these reviews: 8n in Zimbabwe; 1n in South Africa
"to short to really enjoy"
I talked to other guests who had spent several days here ,and they all were full of praise." See all these reviews: 10n in Zimbabwe
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