Bomani is a great option for travellers hoping to get off the well-worn tourist trail and to become acquainted with the remoter parts of Hwange. We applaud Imvelo’s conservation and social investments, which make for a very ethical approach to tourism!
ACCESS & LOCATION:
The lodge is located within a private concession in the east of Hwange National Park, on the edge of Bomani Pan and close to the Ngamo Plains.
ACCOMMODATION & FACILITIES:
Bomani’s communal facilities are housed in an A-framed open-fronted thatched structure. This is slightly raised above ground level, presenting superb panoramic views of the surrounding pan and a busy waterhole. All areas have an overhead fan – the lounge has an open fireplace too, for wintry evenings. The dining area has a long table for communal meals and there is a full bar. There is also a viewing deck, leading down to an outdoor fire-pit.
The guest accommodation at Bomani comprises a number of options – family bungalow, ‘Spurwing’ honeymoon, double or twin suite, plus ‘Hornbill’ deluxe double or twin tent. The brick bungalow and metal-and-canvas Spurwing tents overlook the waterhole, while the Hornbill tents (also metal and canvas) are raised and enjoy views of the plains. All rooms have an overhead or standing fan, but the family bungalow has air conditioning too – along with satellite TV on request, lounge, changing room and mini bar! The tents benefit from private decks and all options have en-suite facilities – shower, basin and toilet come as standard, with the honeymoon suite boasting freestanding bathtub. All interiors are stylish and comfortable.
Bomani offers a good selection of activities, making the most of its location. Game drives during the day are possible both within the private concession and in Hwange. Frequently guests see all Big Five animals here, in addition to zebra, antelope, cheetah, hippo, and many more! The birdlife is also impressive. At night, guests have free rein of the concession and it is not uncommon to spot such species as hyena, pangolin, porcupine, mongoose.
Walking safaris are equally exciting and another popular activity is ‘Pump Runs’, where guests head out with a guide to visit the eight waterholes in the park that are operated by Imvelo. These visits involve dropping off fuel and oil for the motors and supplies for the pump attendants, then having a picnic lunch near one of the waterholes. Finally, Bomani is happy to organise school tours and village visits, providing opportunities for guests to learn about the local area just 15 minutes from the lodge! This is well worth doing, if you have the time.
Imvelo’s interest in giving back to the local area is also shown in its employment of local people. The guides here know Hwange really well and service overall is welcoming and friendly. Guests appreciate the lack of rigidity in planning the day (and night) ahead, while the lodge is pleased to arrange private dining whenever it suits.