Michelle’s Visit to Elephant Eye Lodge, Hwange June 2018
My journey began with a short minibus transfer from Victoria Falls and arriving two hours later at Elephants Eye which is located right on the border of the Park, overlooking a vlei. It is about 30 mins drive from the main entrance to Hwange, but their plan to have a separate direct gate into the National Park adjacent to camp has been realised and will be implemented shortly, This will be a big ‘game changer’ and make the Lodge a very popular option,
A welcoming, comfortable lounge and dining area, pool and fire pit as well as a spa and well stocked curio shop which also had the forgotten essentials – like a toothbrush!
The rooms were elevated and simply yet tastefully furnished and spacious, with views of the vlei and a waterhole that was extremely popular with a family of warthog. Watching this little family was hugely entertaining not only from the private deck but also from the fantastic outside shower! Outside showers are a firm favourite and these, in particular, are one of the best. The agents were taken on a very informative and interesting bush walk which included watching a herd of elephants make their way to a waterhole, giraffe, zebra, kudu and impala and a waterbuck who were more curious than we were!
On arrival back at Camp just before sunset, there was a surprise set up of easels and paint palettes all positioned overlooking the waterhole. Artistic flairs that had been dormant since high school were resurrected and, with a little help – the glorious colours of the sunset and the silhouetted Camelthorn acacia were transposed and interpreted onto canvas amidst much laughter and fun.
Art safaris are a new and innovative activity and thoroughly enjoyable even for those who battle with a basic stickman! Interpretation is everything!
Dinner was set up in the nearby Boma and was very delayed due to a herd of elephants that decided that the swimming pool water was a better drinking option than the waterhole. The agents sat in humbled, still silence surrounded by a grey wall of at least 70 gentle giants as they quenched their thirsts. Eventually, dinner was served – a gastronomic 4-course affair with good wine and an excellent cheeseboard. Bedtime came with cleverly placed hot water bottles, a toasty fire in the hearth and a deafening silence.
Elephant Eye has eight elevated private tented chalets is that they have been designed to almost completely blend into their natural environment whilst still offering uninterrupted panoramic views of the watering hole below and the surrounding African bush.
Each chalet, screened by indigenous trees for exclusive privacy, includes a spacious bedroom, fireplace, outdoor shower, wrap-around viewing deck and an en-suite bathroom.
Activities include guided game walks on the concession, early morning and evening game drives and there is a sleep out deck for the more adventurous.
Great attention is paid to the menus and food and the meals were outstanding. Being a small Safari Lodge, Elephant Eye is perfect for family gatherings, groups, exclusive use and special occasions. Children are welcome and there are specific activities offered with kids in mind.
Elephant Eye is a little Hwange Gem. Personal, affordable and ticking all the boxes of a Hwange Safari.