Zimbabwe’s premier game-viewing destinations.
Hwange National Park and Mana Pools National Park and surrounds are Zimbabwe’s premier game-viewing destinations. There are some important differences between the two destinations.
- Zimbabwe’s largest National Park.
- Hwange is a much more arid environment although given its size habitats range from semi-desert in the south to mopane and miombo forests in the north.
- More easily accessed, particularly from Victoria Falls
- Greater range of safari camps- good if you need a budget option
- Known for extremely high concentrations of wildlife in particular elephants in the dry season.
TOP PICKS FOR HWANGE
Little Makalolo Camp
A safari-goers favourite. Little Makalolo Camp has just 6 tented rooms with en-suite bathrooms and indoor and outdoor showers. The main area of the camp has a plunge pool and an open fire for fireside evening chats.
Comfortable and feels like a home away from home. The Hide has 10 tents & 2 camps beside a waterhole. Comfortably furnished tents with an en-suite bathroom and a veranda for game-viewing from your room. The Hide has a pool and an underground hide and also offers both day and night game drives.
Tented Luxury. Somalisa is an elegant bush camp full of African charm with 7 luxuriously furnished en suite canvas tents. There is a pool overlooking the pan where you can view wildlife. Guided game drives and walking safaris are available.
Rustic and Authentic. Davison’s Camp has 9 tented en suite chalets and an open campfire for those evening fireside tales. Each room has a private veranda overlooking the waterhole, and day and night game drives are available. The permanent waterhole is popular with elephants and a variety of other wildlife, which is often seen from the camp.
- Pristine and scenic riverine valley with an escarpment backdrop.
- Best accessed by light aircraft from Harare or Victoria Falls or another national park such as Hwange.
- Seasonal- most camps close between November and March
- Excellent land and water-based activities- such as canoeing, fishing and boating safaris.
- Mana Pools is well-known for its large bull elephants.
- Incredible dry season game viewing along the Zambezi and floodplain.
TOP PICKS FOR MANA POOLS
Kanga Bush Camp
Secluded luxury in a different environment. Kanga is in one of the most remote parts of Mana Pools National Park, far from the hustle and bustle. It has 6 chalets.
An upmarket property with a fantastic location. The luxurious 10 tented Ruckomechi Camp spans nearly a kilometre of riverfront in a private concession just beside the Zambezi. Terrific food, excellent guiding and beautifully appointed rooms.
A simple but comfortable base for a superb safari. Zambezi Expeditions (formerly known as Zambezi Lifestyles) offers simple accommodation in 6 tents in the National Park.
A wonderful wilderness location with high levels of luxury. Nyamatusi Camp has 6 luxurious tented suites on the eastern side of Mana Pools National Park, overlooking the Zambezi River.
Elegant, modern luxury meets wilderness. Chikwenya’s 7 utterly sumptuous tented suites are in a private concession on Mana Pool’s eastern boundary, overlooking the vast floodplains and giving exclusive viewing of the areas incredible wildlife.
Kavinga Safari Camp
Comfortable tented camp in an unusual location. The 7 tented Kavinga is one of the few properties in Mana Pools not based on the Zambezi River. Kavinga has scenic views of the Zambezi escarpment, surrounding bush and the camp’s showpiece, its waterhole. Good game viewing.