Laura & Brent’s visit to Hwange Bush Camp
The camp was really easy to find for a self-drive – head to Sinamatella and then take the road from there to Main Camp. A little past Mandavu Dam, we turned right taking the road towards Robin’s camp and 16 km’s later there is a small sign on the right saying Private Camp. Hwange Bush Camp is less than 2 km’s from there. The camp is situated in a small depression lined with Mopane trees, there are six very simple walk-in safari tents, comfortable with 12-volt lighting but no frills.
Tents have their own flush loos and a bucket shower system. (When you want a shower the staff heat water over an open fire and then come and fill your bucket for showering.) It works fantastically well, but it also makes you get the job done with minimal fuss – you don’t want to get caught all soaped up having finished the water in the bucket!
It’s an early wake- up call just before sun up and then there is tea and coffee with a simple breakfast around the log fire. Having rubbed the sleep out of your eyes, it’s time to start on the activities. It’s all about walking here, and the earlier you get out, the more chance of stumbling across fresh tracks to follow.
Spike is knowledgeable, kind and ready to share his passion for the African bush. He is extremely professional, safety conscious and tailor makes his walks according to client’s abilities and interests. He does not force the issue and is always respectful to the animals in whose environment he shares.
We spent 2 wonderful nights here, the staff led by Spike, were brilliant, the meals are all cooked over an open fire and would show some of the Michelin guys a thing or two! The camp was simplicity itself but lacked nothing!
This is about as far from the rat race one can get, a chance to experience a little piece of Africa like it was before man’s influence, a place to reawaken your soul and get back to basics. We highly recommend it.