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Nehimba Lodge
Nehimba Lodge
Nehimba Lodge
Nehimba Lodge
Nehimba Lodge
Nehimba Lodge
Nehimba Lodge
Nehimba Lodge

Nehimba Lodge: Our full report

Set within mopane woodland overlooking a large waterhole, Nehimba Lodge occupies a private concession to ...

... the north-west of Zimbabwe’s Hwange National Park. From here, you can explore this isolated area with a guide, either by vehicle or on foot.

Originally privately owned under the same name, Nehimba is now owned and run by one of Zimbabwe's fastest-growing safari companies, Imvelo Safari Lodges. In addition to a couple of properties in Victoria Falls, Nehimba has three sister camps in or around Hwange National Park: Bomani Tented Lodge, Camelthorn and Jozibanini.

Central to Nehimba is a thatched main area, an L-shaped open-fronted building that looks out over the waterhole. Here you'll find an open plan bar and a couple of comfortable lounge areas, as well as a large dining table where meals are normally taken as a group.

A few steps lead you down to a sundeck, and below that to a sparkling swimming pool that brings welcome relief during the hot summer months. It’s not just guests who benefit: the local elephant population much prefers drinking the clean water in the pool to that found in the waterhole just a few metres away. In fact, during the dry season the elephants make such frequent use of the pool that it is all but off limits to guests – but that’s a small price to pay for such close and reliable encounters. When we dropped in for lunch in November 2017 we were joined by at least seven elephants drinking from the pool, and a constant procession of them coming and going from the waterhole beyond.

Nehimba Lodge has nine thatched chalets raised on stilts, four on one side of the main area, and three on the other, but all with views over the waterhole. All – including two two-bedroom family suites and a honeymoon suite – have half canvas, half wooden walls and glass windows, giving a more solid feel than at a traditional tented camp. Inside you’ll find twin or double beds, along with a fan, tea-making facilities and a Nespresso machine.

The en-suite bathrooms boast a high-backed bath and an outdoor (but no indoor) shower, as well as a washbasin and toilet, storage unit, and a couple of cosy robes.

The game viewing in this region of Hwange National Park is superb during the dry season (June–October), when you can see some fantastic wildlife, as well as the elephants lion, cheetah and sable are known to frequent the area around the lodge. As one of the only reliable water sources for miles around, it attracts plenty of animals, such that the area around the lodge was fairly bleak when we visited, due to elephant damage.

Game drives and walking safaris offer more active ways to see the wildlife and explore the area, and a chance to visit Nehimba's own hide, as well as local attractions such as the Nehimba Seep, Mandavu Dam and the Mtoa Ruins. Walking safaris are conducted with one of Zimbabwe’s professional guides, who is resident here, offering the exciting opportunity to approach wildlife on foot, and learn basic tracking skills. Game drives are conducted either by the the same guide, or by one of the camp's learner guides. Don't let the tag “learner” fool you, though; Zimbabwe's learners are as good as, and often better than, many fully qualified guides elsewhere in southern and eastern Africa.


Our view

A high-quality operation in Hwange National Park, Nehimba offers fantastic value for money in a wildlife-rich, remote area of the park, especially when combined with its sister camps. The accommodation is comfortable, and the lodge offers a perfect base from which to explore the park, or to relax and let the wildlife come to you in the dry season.

Tom Morris

Tom Morris

Country manager: Zimbabwe

Geographics

Location
Hwange National Park, Zimbabwe
Ideal length of stay
We'd recommend a stay of three nights at Nehimba.
Directions
Nehimba can be accessed by road in a 3–4-hour transfer from Victoria Falls. Alternatively, a transfer by light aircraft will take around 45 minutes from Victoria Falls, followed by a 1–1½-hour game drive from Hwange Main Camp to the lodge.
Accessible by
Fly-and-Transfer

Food & drink

Usual board basis
Full Board & Activities
Food quality
We’ve always found the food here to be of a high standard as we have come to expect from all Imvelo properties. Although we didn’t stay at the lodge on our most recent visit, in November 2017, we did have time to enjoy lunch.

For breakfast guests can choose from a selection of cereal, fruit, cold meat and cheese, as well as freshly baked bread and muffins. Hot breakfasts can also be cooked to order.

At lunch, in the company of several of Hwange’s elephants, we enjoyed a very tasty chicken curry served in a poppadum, with rice and an Asian slaw.

Dinner is usually a delicious three-course meal. On a previous visit we had butternut ravioli to start, followed by roast pork with sweet potato gratin and vegetables, and peach pudding for dessert.

Children

Attitude towards children
The lodge does not accept children under the age of seven.
Property’s age restrictions
Nehimba accepts children of seven years and older.
Special activities & services
None
Equipment
Nehimba has two two-bedroom family chalets, and a swimming pool.
Generally recommended for children
Nehimba caters well to family groups, but it has a fairly mature atmosphere, with a strong emphasis on safari, so we would recommend it for older, relatively mature children.
Notes
The camp is unfenced and is frequently visited by large, wild animals, so children need to be closely supervised by a parent or guardian.

Our travellers’ wildlife sightings from Nehimba Lodge

Since mid-2018, many of our travellers who stayed at Nehimba Lodge have kindly recorded their wildlife sightings and shared them with us. The results are below. Click an animal to see more, and here to see more on our methodology.

Buffalo

100% success

Elephant

100% success

Giraffe

100% success

Hippo

100% success

Lion

100% success

Zebra

100% success

Roan antelope

75% success

Spotted Hyena

50% success

Eland

25% success

Sable antelope

25% success

Aardvark

0% success

Black Rhino

0% success

Brown Hyena

0% success

Cheetah

0% success

Leopard

0% success

Oryx

0% success

Pangolin

0% success

Wild dog

0% success

Wildebeest

0% success

Communications

Power supply notes
The generator runs from an hour before guests wake up until 10.00am, and later in the day from 4.00pm until everyone has gone to bed.
Communications
There is free WiFi throughout the lodge.
TV & radio
There is no TV or radio in camp.
Water supply
Borehole
Water supply notes
Each chalet at Nehimba has an ample supply of water. The showers are plumbed and there are flushing toilets.

Health & safety

Malarial protection recommended
Yes
Medical care
There is a first aid kit on site and the guides are first aid trained. There is a doctor at Hwange Main Camp or Hwange Town.
Dangerous animals
High Risk
Security measures
After sunset, guests are accompanied to and from their tents by a guide.
Fire safety
There are fire extinguishers and buckets of sand around camp.

Activities

  • 4WD Safari

    4WD Safari

  • Birdwatching

    Birdwatching

  • Guided walking safari

    Guided walking safari

  • Night drive

    Night drive

Extras

Disabled access
Not Possible
Laundry facilities
Included (even delicates which often have to be hand washed by travellers in Zimbabwe).
Money
There are electronic safes in the chalets.
Accepted payment on location
Everything is included during your stay at Nehimba so there is no need to pay for anything at the lodge – and thus no card or cash payment facilities.

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