Hwange Bush Camp

Reviews of Hwange Bush Camp

Excellent(94%) From 18 travellers
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Below are independent comments from 18 of our travellers who have visited Hwange Bush Camp, and have kindly agreed to share their thoughts.

They do not necessarily represent the views of Expert Africa.
Mr & Mrs B from Witney
Arrived on: 7-Nov-2018 Stayed for: 5 nights
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Brilliant time at Hwange bush camp

It was great to be in a place that put the maximum time into game viewing. We go on safari to watch the wildlife, and not to sit around relaxing! At Hwange Bush Camp that was just what we got – absolutely brilliant! Most importantly of all, we experienced a flexibility to change plans and stay out all day in order to maximise the sightings of wildlife.

It was good to have the same guide throughout our stay, who also happened to be the owner, Dave. To be guided by someone who is so passionate about the bush and the wildlife was a real bonus. Not only did we do the walks, but Dave’s willingness to stop a drive, hop off the vehicle, to follow tracks and/or get a better view of wildlife on foot was a new experience for us.

Although we are keen on photography, we are not that ‘professional’, so Dave’s ability (where possible) to position the vehicle to get the best of the light on the wildlife was a great help to us.

A bush camp doesn’t mean that you can’t be comfortable! The tents were spacious, and well furnished – much more than we were expecting from a bush camp. The familiar bucket showers were always welcome at the end of the day.

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Mr C & Mr K from Oxon
Arrived on: 7-Oct-2018 Stayed for: 3 nights
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Hwange Bush Camp review

We prefer open air bathrooms but the bathrooms were closed in and ventilation was non existent and so the temperature in there was appallingly high.
We were told that it was not necessary to put "valuables" in the camp safe but as all our bags were visited by mice (although the bags were not on the floor and we carried no food - this has never happened to us before), we would not have been amused if the mice had chewed through $ and passports rather than ear plugs and tissues. We would recommend zipping all bags closed and putting money in the safe.
Although our guide was very good and we had some good sightings, it often seemed that they were struggling to think of things to do with us, due to a lack of local knowledge. As is obvious from the species list we did not see much variety of animals. It was often necessary to drive quite a long way to see anything, whereas I feel the point of a bush camp is to feel isolated but self contained. (There were even suggestions that we might drive to Camp Hwange for viewings, which seemed to defeat the object of being at the Bush Camp).Next year the location of the Bush Camp will change, which may correct some of the shortcomings.

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Mr K & Mrs N from UK
Arrived on: 2-Oct-2018 Stayed for: 2 nights
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Hwange Bush Camp review

After fly camping we returned for a further two nights in Hwange Bush Camp.

Food continued to be excellent on both evenings, and again we decided to have picnic lunch each day to stay out in the park longer. The chef rose to the challenge and provided different food each day. Everything about the experience was superb, especially the evening dinners, shared with four other guests in camp and the camp staff and guides present on site.

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Mr K & Mrs N from UK
Arrived on: 30-Sep-2018 Stayed for: 2 nights
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Hwange Bush Camp Fly Camping

The second part of the stay was fly camping. We stayed at two different sites which allowed us to see more of the National Park. When we arrived in the early evening after a full day in the bush, the fly camp had been set up with our small dome tent and bucket shower and long drop toilet at the rear of the tent.

This may not be for everyone as it is very basic on the accommodation side, but that is not why you do fly camping you do it to see more of the park and get closer to nature.
Hot water for a bucket shower was readily available on request, tent clean and welcoming.

The food provided was outstanding, set up on a proper dining table, with brilliantly coloured table cloth, china plates and cutlery, glasses etc. First night, we had spaghetti bolognase and apple crumble, second night steak/ribs followed by lemon pudding.

Again woken at 5am, breakfast by camp fire at 5:30am out on a bush walk by 6pm. each morning a bush walk for 2.5 hours not knowing what you would encounter. On our second day we followed Rhino tracks for 3km before we gave up. The move to the second camp was well managed by the team and, on arrival, again the whole camp was well set up.

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Mr K & Mrs N from UK
Arrived on: 28-Sep-2018 Stayed for: 2 nights
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Hwange Bush Camp review

Hwange Bush Camp delivers what it sets out to being a remote camp providing excellent guiding in the Hwange National Park.

Tents are comfortable and clean with flushing toilet and running water. Hot water provided for showers on request and brought to your bucket shower at the back of the tent.
Electricity is limited to lights in the tent, battery powered - charging facilities for batteries etc provided in the main area. As a remote camp there is no WiFi or phone signal which means that being away from outside contact allows you to switch off.

Food was excellent throughout our stay, breakfast by the camp fire at 5:30am, then we went out for a bush walk for 2 to 3 hours, then we had a picnic lunch out in the park and returned to camp after a sundowner at 6:30pm. This was a full on safari experience with more than 12 hours in the bush each day. We could have gone back to camp for lunch but when we were offered the opportunity to spend all day out, we jumped at it.

At present we were told the camp will be moving to a new location next year due to the proximity of a new lodge being built. The building work didn’t negatively impact our stay in any way.

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Mr M. from Ramsgate
Arrived on: 11-Sep-2018 Stayed for: 2 nights
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Hwange Bush Camp review

We enjoyed our time at Hwange bush camp. Although the variety of game was less than we have seen on previous safaris, we got to spend time close up with animals, notably a pride of lions with a buffalo kill. This was the high-light for one of us. We watched them for a long time in the afternoon and again in the early evening as they went down to a water hole to drink. It was delightful to watch the cubs playing together as the temperature dropped a little.

Our first afternoon was spent watching a large group of elephant at a water-hole. The youngsters were very boisterous and it was a real privilege to watch them.

We also spent some time at Deteema Dam which was delightful and the high-light for the other one of us. We saw Painted Dogs there. We would have liked to have spent more time there just watching the wild-life come and go but a bush-walk had been scheduled and we weren't offered the option. The walk was through the heat of the day and intended to be to a spring, however when we got there the spring had dried. We didn't enjoy that experience.

Our tent was in a lovely location, spacious and well equipped. The bathroom was adequate and the bucket shower worked well. Meals were good and well cooked. Breakfast was informal - a buffet outside by the camp fire and drinks before dinner were taken under the stars with amazing views of the Milky Way.

Camp staff were friendly and helpful and laundry was returned promptly. The guides were very professional and knowledgeable.















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Mr S. from Clontarf
Arrived on: 9-Sep-2018 Stayed for: 3 nights
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Good small camp: experience below expectation

Bush camp is a simpler tented camp at the north end of the park where game is more dispersed. Whilst more basic it has a nice feel and guests mix together. We had some great experiences and sightings, with close encounters with many elephant. However due to limitations with the number of guides we couldn’t do the walking safaris we had hoped for and for which we understood the camp is designed.

We spent a lot of time on game drives which enabled us to see many different game but had only one close encounter out of the vehicle.

The tents are comfortable with great food and the night skies are amazing.

If you want to walk check out the availability of guides in advance

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Mr & Mrs R from Kingston
Arrived on: 30-Aug-2018 Stayed for: 3 nights
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Great stay at Hwange Bush Camp

We stayed 3 nights at Hwange Bush Camp in late August, the first of 3 camps on our safari, and we would certainly return. We enjoyed our stay and would recommend it for anyone not wanting what we call "luxury". Our Camp Manager was Anna, congenial and efficient.

We stayed in Tent 6, which I think was the farthest from the main area. Small covered seating area just outside the entrance to the tent, bucket shower (3 1/2 minutes long, which we found to be plenty), running cold water at the sink and a flush toilet. The water was fine to drink and we did so throughout our stay. In fact if the camp could figure out how to avoid using the small plastic bottles of water for guests, that would be great (maybe refillable metal bottles?).

The meals are all cooked over an open fire and were very enjoyable. Lunch and dinner were served buffet style in the dining tent. Breakfast around the fire before the game drive.

On the morning game drives we seemed to travel quite a distance before seeing any animals and we found the jeep was not quite as comfortable as some others we have been in. We sat in the front row and there was no bar to hold onto and my feet didn't reach the floor. But it did not stop us from enjoying the sightings: giraffes, elephants galore having mudbaths and drinking, 12 wild dogs resting, lions, kudu, impala, hippos, steenbok, rock hyrax, banded mongoose. In this more remote area of the park, the animals may be less habituated to the vehicles so we didn't always get as close to them as at other camps.

Spike was our guide and he is extremely knowledgeable and descriptive, of course. On one late afternoon walk from camp we sat to watch elephants at a water source, this was really special. We also saw a leopard, from a distance-we had been watching an elephant and suddenly the leopard ran off from under a bush nearby.

We found that the length of the morning drives was less dependent on a fixed time than in some other camps, ie. on one day we did not return to camp until 3 pm. Although we did have a snack at 1 pm that time, it was a rather long day for us, although it was certainly productive in terms of sightings. A trade off! And that is the day we did the walk to see the elephants as our late afternoon activity, which was a welcome alternative to another drive.

Thank you Spike, Anna, Beth and Jean. I apologize for not remembering everyone's names.

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Mrs M from Japan
Arrived on: 1-May-2018 Stayed for: 3 nights
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Awsome experience

Hwange Bush Camp is smaller than Camp Hwange and I really like this rustic camp. Each room has comfortable beds and very large bathroom.

I always enjoyed meals with other guests, camp staffs and guides. I love this familiar atmoshere.

My guide was Julian. On the way to the camp, I had my first experience to touch a Python. We tracked lions on foot but didn't find them, but on my third day , finally we saw the lion, "Vusi", with 4 females and 2 cubs.
I would definately stay there again.

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Dr & Mrs S from France
Arrived on: 6-Nov-2017 Stayed for: 4 nights
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From Hwange Mobile to Hwange Bush Camp .

Hwange Bush Camp is the new semi-permanent home of the previous Hwange mobile camp. We have enjoyed the mobile camp on our previous visits to Hwange and were interested to see how the Bush Camp compares. We were pleased to find that it is excellent.

There are six large tents - similar to those used on the "luxury" mobile safari, but with an extended toilet and shower area at the rear. It is all very spacious and comfortable. The lounge and dining areas are very well appointed - and of course the food is good and the guiding excellent.

Bush Camp is located in the Robins Camp section of Hwange which is much quieter with fewer vehicles than other parts of Hwange. Game viewing was excellent - we clocked up 20 lions on one day. It is nice to have the flexibility to stay out all day if one wants and to combine walking with driving. We were pleased to meet up again with Andrew Dalzell who has guided us on all of our previous trips to Hwange. Andrew is an amazing guide and every day with him is a rewarding experience.

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