Your safari adventure takes place in Hwange National Park, the largest and oldest game reserve in Zimbabwe.
Hwange is slightly larger than the Bahamas, a colossal 14,651 km²; and home to a spectacular range of habitats and landscapes. The arid semi-desert, lush teak forests, rocky outcrops, grasslands and scrub areas are alive with animals and birds. The diverse wilderness supports large numbers of elephant, buffalo, antelope, giraffe, warthog and zebra, this plethora of prey attracting the hungry eye of predators. Lion, cheetah, wild dog, spotted hyena and leopard thrive amongst this rich source of food.
Filled with many remarkable and wonderful qualities, one of the unique features of Hwange is the lack of major national water sources, with a network of artificially pumped waterholes maintained by the people of the park to ensure the livelihood of the animals.
During your first two nights you will stay in the brand new Jozibanini Tented Camp, a renovated rangers station from the 1970's. Found within a truly wild place guests will enjoy a unique and exciting experience in the secluded southern section of the park; Jozibanini is the perfect wilderness bolthole for adventures off the beaten track. Your two days will include twice daily safari activities led by the Zimbabwean pro-guides, amongst some of the best in Africa, offering an exceptional quality of knowledge.
From here you will drive through the park to Camelthorn Lodge, nestled deep within a woodland area of camelthorn and ebony trees, the arresting nature creating a striking bust retreat and invited into the eight forest villas through the large glass windows and sliding doors. Your days will be filled with exciting activities for an authentic insight into the animals, culture and history of Hwange and Zimbabwe. Along with the traditional game drives, Camelthorn Lodge offers bush walks, birdwatching, visits to the local villages and schools and, a unique activity to Hwange National Park, the ‘pump run’ available from mid May to mid November.
No trip to Zimbabwe would be complete without a visit to Victoria Falls, one of the Seven Natural Wonders of the World. Fly from the Camelthorn Lodge to the town of Victoria Falls located on the southern bank of the Zambezi River, an iconic place filled with a rich and romantic history.
Walk through the surrounding rainforest along the network of trails leading to 16 different viewpoints, all dazzling you with stunning and impressive scenes of this powerful and enormous curtain of water.
Called Mosi-oa-Tunya, ‘the smoke that thunders’, the dense plume of water spray which rises from the waterfall reaches up to 500m into the air and can be seen from as far as 20km away. Making the most of the magnificent waterfall, Vic Falls has an endless list of activities including white water rafting, canoeing, helicopter rides, canopy tours and, of course for the thrill seekers, bungee jumping. Your one night stay will be in the Victoria Falls Safari Lodge placed just four kilometres away from the immense waterfall.
Spread along the plateau overlooking an active waterhole, your bedroom’s small private deck is an excellent place to appreciate the beauty of the African landscape.