Run by conservation minded-company Imvelo, Bomani Tented Lodge works hard to help support both the people and the wildlife of Hwange. After your Big Five safaris, you can take part in ‘pump runs’, meet the local villagers or go on a school tour.
We rate Camelthorn pretty highly, for its effortless combination of authenticity and comfort – and, of course, for its interest in ethical tourism. It is a great option for travellers who would really like to get to know the area around Hwange!
It is named after Ted Davison, the first Head Warden of Hwange National Park. Davison’s really is a great place to go to get the most out of Hwange – and the village visits are a definite draw.
We really rate Ivory Lodge, as a fantastic base to explore Hwange – and thanks to the hide, you do not even need to leave camp to see game.
We are happy to recommend Khulu as an exclusive little lodge with everything going for it – and if you have a passion for painted dogs, a trip to the Research Center is a definite draw!
As a Wilderness Safaris property, in the Classic Camps range, Linkwasha Camp combines luxury living with authentic experiences.
We rate Nehimba pretty highly, with its fabulous location and wide range of activities. And don’t forget your camera, as the views from the hide are well worth capturing and savouring for years to follow.
Somalisa Acacia is a great little camp for travellers in search of that authentic safari experience. However, due to the prevalence of big game in the area, we do recommend that children are constantly supervised!
Somalisa Camp is owned and operated by African Bush Camps, a company that aims to provide an authentic safari experience.
Known affectionately as ‘Little Mak', Little Makalolo Camp is a great option for travellers who have an interest in Hwange’s cultural aspects as well as its amazing wildlife!
The Hide was constructed by the Preston family in 1992. We reckon The Hide has loads to recommend it, not least those little hideaways!
It is situated in the western region of Hwange National Park, within a private concession and overlooking a wonderful waterhole forming part of Shumba Pans.
It is one of several mobile camps operated by Kazuma Trails, a company owned by Antonette and David ‘Bushdog’ Carson.
It is situated approximately 13km outside the eastern border of Hwange National Park, within a private concession totalling 25 sq. km. It is only 10 minutes’ drive from Hwange’s airstrip. The lodge is fairly new, having opened in Summer 2013.
Tom’s Little Hide is a fantastic option for a group of travellers, especially one that includes children. We love the authentic design of the house. Five stars!
Jozibanini Camp is the newest addition to safari properties in the wildlife-rich Hwange National Park. With just three guest tents, it provides a very personalised service!
Somalisa Expeditions is an awesome option for travelling looking for authentic safari experiences in a wildlife-rich region of Hwange.
We recommend The Private Hide if you are hoping to travel as a group, favouring exclusive-use accommodation. The accommodation is both authentic and comfortable – and the location is stunning!
Led by Stretch Ferreira, giant among safari guides, this operation offers authentic experiences of Mana Pools from a classic base camp! As the camp is unfenced, we recommend it for ages 16 years and over.
It is classified as a Classic Camp by the company, indicating stylish accommodation within remote surroundings. Ruckomechi is designed to be environmentally friendly, with hot water and lighting supplied by solar power.
Kanga Camp is a stunning tented camp set in a remote part of the World Heritage Site, Mana Pools.
Little Vundu Tented Camp is situated on the banks of the Zambezi River, approximately 3km upstream from sister camp Vundu. Like Vundu, it is owned and operated by Nick Murray.
At Yellow Zebra, we think Vundu Camp is pretty special. With its fabulous location and first-rate guiding, it is ideal for travellers who want to really get to know the Zambezi and Mana Pools!
Zambezi Expeditions is owned by African Bush Camps, the company run by famous safari guide Beks Ndlovu and his wife Sophia.
Bumi Hills is ideal for travellers who like a little luxury on safari. And we rate the lodge for its interest in local culture and efforts to give back to the Tonga community.
Changa Safari Camp was set up in 2012 by the Higgins and Prestons, Zimbabwean families with an immense passion for Safari Africa. For many years, they had dreamed of constructing a camp in Matusadona National Park, on the shores of Lake Kariba.
Musango was established by Steve Edwards, formerly head warden of Matusadona National Park. We think it is pretty special. Its location is amazing but the standard of guiding really contributes to making a stay here an unforgettable experience!
Without doubt, the quality of activities on offer at Rhino is enhanced by the camp’s guides, highly trained individuals who have a real passion for safari! The camp itself is able to offer a very personalised service due to its small size.
Big Cave Camp is owned and operated by the Waddy family. It has a lot to recommend it, including being able to accommodate children of all ages! There is plenty to do for everyone, within this fabulous location in Matobo Hills.
Camp Amalinda is owned and operated by the Amalinda Collection. Camp Amalinda is hard to beat as a luxury safari option in Matobo Hills. And honeymooners will love the extra privacy of the suites, built so imaginatively into the rocks!
Chilo Lodge has the high service standards that we tend to associate with its very smart appearance. Due to the friendliness of staff members, it really feels like a home from home, a great base to explore the park and surrounds.
At Yellow Zebra, we are big fans of Singita – and Pamushana has so much to recommend it, for couples and families alike. We love the vibrant interiors, which give the lodge a great celebratory feel. Happy holidays!
As an Imvelo Safari Lodge, Gorges has the same first-rate service standards as local sister property Zambezi Sands. The guiding is great and the opportunities to get to know the area around the lodge are typically Imvelo.
Ilala Lodge is a charming and family-run hotel located in the heart of Victoria Falls. The hotel is nestled in attractive gardens and the helpfulness of staff and first-rate personalised service is a feature throughout.
The Kingdom Hotel Victoria Falls was built to resemble the style of the ancient kingdom of Munhumutapa with its huge domes, pillars and bridges over wondrous water features.
Victoria Falls Hotel is a very impressive colonial building positioned within its own elegant garden grounds and overlooking Victoria Falls Bridge and Bakota Gorges.
Victoria Falls River Lodge might just be the ultimate in luxury safari! If you like a large tent, you will love it here. And the location, of course, is fabulous!
Victoria Falls Safari Lodge is nothing short of brilliant for travellers who like the feel of a traditional safari lodge, super size! With its range of rooms and range of activities, it has a lot to offer. Five stars!
We recommend Zambezi Sands to travellers who would like to experience all the fun of the Falls, while staying in a more remote location. If you favour an exclusive lodge to a large hotel, Sands is certainly an option for you!
If you love elephants, you will love Elephant Camp! It offers a lot of authentic safari experiences from luxury accommodation and is a great option for travellers looking to explore not only the Falls but also the surrounding areas.
The Stanley & Livingstone offers a peaceful base from which to head out on safari and to take trips to Victoria Falls! It’s also good for stopovers, providing a clean, quiet, and upmarket option overall.
Matetsi River Lodge, together with sister property Matetsi River House, is a fantastic addition to the camps and lodges in the Vic Falls area.
Both Matetsi River House and Lodge are situated in the Matetsi Private Game Reserve. If you are looking for an exclusive-use property in the region of Victoria Falls, Matetsi River House is an awesome option.
Situated in a quiet residential area of Victoria Falls, Batonka Lodge is a little bit out of the action for me but this elegant little owner-operated guest house serves as an ideal refuge for those wanting to escape the hustle and bustle of town
Victoria Falls Island Lodge is operated by Zambezi Crescent, which is also responsible for the luxurious Victoria Falls River Lodge!
Little Ruckomechi is situated in a private concession, which adjoins Mana Pools on the national park’s western border. In common with larger sister property Ruckomechi Camp, Little Ruckomechi is owned and operated by the fantastic Wilderness Safaris.
John’s Camp is situated at the heart of Mana Pools National Park, alongside the beautiful Zambezi river. It opened in April 2017 and is named after John Stevens, a safari guide held in very high esteem!
Matusadona is a luxury motor cruiser, the only one of its kind sailing the waters of the very scenic Lake Kariba! The boat offers accommodation for up to six adults and four children, with youngsters aged 6 years and older welcome on board.
Camp Zambezi is an excellent option for travellers seeking authentic accommodation in Mana Pools National Park, with access to an amazing amount of wildlife.
YZ recommends Camp Chitake for travellers seeking a back-to-basics safari in a wildlife-rich area, within one of Africa’s finest national parks!
Verney’s Camp looks like an excellent option for travellers seeking super safari in Hwange, one of the finest national parks in Zim.
This camp is an excellent option for travellers seeking an authentic and blissfully remote base from which to explore Hwange! There’s no minimum age requirement, but children aged 12 years and younger are not permitted on walking safaris.
This property provides very comfortable accommodation with great access to Victoria Falls! Children of all ages are welcome, and access for disabled persons is available on request.
We recommend this property for travellers seeking a luxurious base from which to explore the Falls! Accessible rooms are available on request, and there’s a minimum age requirement of 12 years.
This camp is due to open on 1st April 2019. It’ll offer luxurious accommodation in the remote eastern region of Mana Pools! Children aged 7 years and over will be welcome.
Due to open on 1st April 2019, Nyamatusi Mahogany will offer deluxe family-friendly accommodation in the remote eastern region of Mana Pools! Children of all ages will be welcome.
A newly furnished camp within a private concession in the east side of Mana Pools National Park, Chikwenya provides a comfortable base from which to enjoy land- and water-based activities!
With a name inspired by wildlife – ‘White Impala’ – this is a classic camp in the wildlife-rich Zambezi N.P., just 16 kilometres upstream from Vic Falls! Children aged 6 years and older are welcome.
Sapi Explorers offers exciting explorers-style accommodation and a superb range of safari activities! It’s set in a private concession within the wildlife-rich Mana Pools.
Little sister camp of Sapi Explorers, Sapi Springs offers highly exclusive vehicle and walking safaris! It too is set in a private concession within Mana Pools.
Boasting a fabulous location within its own concession, Deka Camp is able to offer night drives as well as morning/afternoon activities! This is a smashing little property with a highly exclusive feel.
One of the latest offerings from Machaba Safaris, Deteema Springs provides comfortable accommodation in a scenic and wildlife-rich area of Hwange!
More rustic and intimate than sister property Stanley & Livingstone, Ursula’s Homestead has just four rooms, guaranteeing a personal feel! It can be booked exclusively and is great for groups.
Old Drift is highly recommended for travellers seeking a luxurious lodge that offers both safari activities and all the fun of the Falls. The accommodation includes four family suites, and all suites boast a private plunge pool.