Reviews of Little Makalolo Camp
They do not necessarily represent the views of Expert Africa.
Little Mak - never to be forgotten
Another well run Wilderness camp - this time our visit was made by our guide, Eustace. We would rate him as among the top 5 guides we have encountered over very many safaris in southern Africa. He is charming, very knowledgeable, has such a keen sense of the bush that he knows before it happens that something wonderful is about to occur (even if we did spot the wild dog before him!).
The game viewing at Hwange was superb.
Little Makalolo - Simply the best
We drove to Little Makalolo from Vic Falls and were met at Hwange Main Camp by our guide, Eustace, who set the stage for the most enjoyable stay at this wonderful camp. All of the staff were friendly, efficient and obviously very happy to be part of the team and they made us feel like family. The smiles, the humour, the knowledge and the desire to make our stay as good for themselves as it was for us was just brilliant. The food quality, service and the clean rooms completed the perfect stay.
Eustace proved to be a superb guide and we were able to quickly establish a wonderful personal rapport which enhanced our shared experiences of the flora and fauna.
Elephant viewing was just amazing and we had great sightings of lion, eland, sable and many other animals both large and small as well as lots of birds.
Pumped waterholes create great wildlife viewing, especially Elephant, but it will be interesting to see how the vast overpopulation of these gentle giants can be controlled to preserve Hwange.
Amazing Atmosphere in Little Makalolo
Loved everything about the camp. The entire staff was so friendly starting the moment we arrived at the airstrip - cool towel, cooler of beverages and animal spotting before we even arrived at camp. Once we got there, a warm towel, a welcome cocktail and 5 or 6 gentlemen greeting us, taking our bags, getting us settled and getting us out to see wildlife. Our guide, Mike (or Miiiiiiiike as we all called him) was AMAZING, not just knowledgeable which is obviously a requirement for the job, but charismatic, fun and flexible, always trying to accommodate what we wanted to do/see.
The rooms were wonderful, including the charming loo with a view and the outdoor shower. The only downside was that warm and cold water in the sink came from 2 different taps, so getting "warm" water was a challenge. But I loved the "water babies" that were put on our beds every night to keep us warm (and also in the jeeps in the morning).
When there were questions/issues with our departure time from the camp they were great about trying to work it all out, never getting frustrated and always keeping us informed.
The log house by the watering hole was an amazing experience, the food was delicious and the conversation around the firepit after dinner was great. I would highly recommend this place to anyone wanting a great safari experience.
Happy Little Makalolo
Really friendly classic camp with great guides and service.Read more about the whole safari
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Has the advantage of being a small camp which enables staff to give good levels of personal attention.Read more about the whole safari
Wonderful stay at Little Mak
Little Mak was really a lovely camp. The staff is very friendly, the cooker simply uncredible! And so many animals, big heards of antilops (roane, sable, eland, kudus...), lions, leopards, and so many elephants! The hide at the camp's waterhole was definitively the best with elephants all around us and so close. Just sad not to see the waterhole from the room.
And a little word to say that it is so cold during the night, it's very important to have big jacket for the night and morning game drive.
Transits were just a bit too long.
Just one or two small points regarding transfers.
Whilst accepting that the camp is around 50 miles from the nearest hard road, we thought that a 9.5 hr transfer was a little too long for comfort (nevertheless it was an enjoyable experience). We were however given a packed lunch which was very nice.
On the transfer to Vic Falls we had a 6am start which, in an open vehicle, was a little cold (this part took 3hrs), we were however met by another 'closed' vehicle and this part took 2 hrs.
All other aspects of the trip were outstanding. What a super location, right under the tree line and with the waterhole and hide it was spectacular. One other good aspect was that we could use a red spotlight to look for game on our way back in the evenings. This proved very successful as we were able to locate and watch a leopard.
Food was excellent, as were staff. Again, we didn't want to leave.
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Do we need say more?Read more about the whole safari
We arrived to cool refreshments and a wet hand towel every time we came to Little Makalolo.
The staff were awesome, rooms were stunning, game drives were entertaining and wonderful.
Not once were we disappointed by anything.
This camp went beyond our expectations and then some!
Again, the staff made our trip -wildlife too-
Expert Africa comments
We were delighted to read about the great job everyone at Little Makalolo did in making sure these guests had a truly memoreable time in Hwange. If you'd like to read more about their time at Little Mak. then please take a look at their blog. It's an excellent read and there are some fantastic photos too.
This is a well run camp and had the hallmarks of other Wilderness camps that we have stayed at - warm welcome, high standard of comfort in rooms, well organised, good activities.
The sheer density of animals visiting the pans was amazing and if you like elephants this is surely the place to be. We had the enormous fortune of seeing an elephant being born just on the way from the airstrip....imagine that!
The guiding was very good and flexible when we found ourselves seeing half of the bush at one pan when were supposed to head back for brunch. That kind of flexibility really helps to add to the enjoyment.
The hide at the camp was also really good to sit in and watch the elephants up close.
We simply did not have sufficient time at this camp with only 2 nights. With endless travel to the camp, (about 6 hours) and an early start when we left we only managed 3 activities which is a real shame.
Travel arrangements need to be looked at carefully. We left Mana at 10am and flew all the way back to Victoria stopping at Cariba before then going on to Little Mak. We had no idea what the arrangements were before we met the pilot. . We missed lunch completely and there is of course nowhere to get a snack! Fortunately Goliath did an abridged drive for us in the morning, otherwise we would have had a very limited day of game viewing. The journey on to Camp Hwange started early as we joined other guests leaving at 06.30. We then had about a 3 hour wait up at Main Camp for our transfer, before the drive to Camp Hwange. This meant we did not have a drive at CH that day arriving very late afternoon, although we did stop en route to look at what was around. It was an exhausting day of travel though with limited game viewing.