Verney’s Camp opened in May 2018. It’s owned and run by Machaba Safaris, whose portfolio includes YZ favourite Machaba Camp! The accommodation is usually booked on a full-board basis, including all meals, a selection of alcoholic and soft drinks, all activities, transfers between the camp and the local airstrip, and a laundry service. The camp is open all year round.
ACCESS & LOCATION:
The camp is accessed via an hour’s road transfer from Hwange Main Camp, which is situated near the park’s main entrance and approximately 2 hours 30 minutes’ drive from Victoria Falls Airport. Verney’s Camp has a stunning location, surrounded by forest and overlooking a waterhole within the remote south-eastern region of Hwange.
ACCOMMODATION & FACILITIES AT VERNEY'S CAMP:
Guest accommodation at Verney’s consists of ten tents, including a family tent. All nestle into the camp’s natural tree line, and they’re spaced a good distance apart from each other for plenty of privacy. Entering a standard-size tent, you’ll find a double bed or twin beds, bedside tables and lighting, and a separate seating area. A canvas flap divides the sleeping space from the washroom, which contains a flush toilet, twin washbasins, and a shower. Doors from the bedroom lead out onto your private veranda, which has a couple of safari chairs, a small table, and amazing views over the waterhole! The family tent is made up of two standard-size tents, and it provides a very spacious option for a family.
The communal living and dining areas at Verney’s occupy one tent each, at the centre of the site. In the lounge tent, comfortable sofas and chairs are positioned around coffee and occasional tables, strewn with reading material. The floors are adorned with vibrantly patterned rugs, and an elegant chandelier dangles from the ceiling. This space flows out onto a deck, where you can relax and enjoy your waterhole views. The camp’s dining tent is just as well appointed, featuring chic tables-and-chairs, a sideboard flanked by winged armchairs, and a chandelier also. To one side of this tent, there’s the kitchen, so you can watch the chefs while they’re rustling up delicious dishes! There’s a deck too, for al fresco dining, and a short stroll from either tent brings you to the fire-pit, the perfect place to get to know your fellow travellers and swap safari stories. The camp also has a curio shop, a spa, and a swimming pool!
ACTIVITIES AT VERNEY'S CAMP:
Verney’s offers a great range of activities, as follows:
Expertly guided game drives– The camp’s private concession covers over 10,000 hectares of savanna, woodlands, and water sources. Drives are available in early morning and late afternoon, presenting opportunities to view a real wealth of wildlife! Highlights include all the Big Five – lion, rhino, leopard, elephant, and buffalo – in addition to smaller predators and herbivores such as cheetah, hyena, jackal, wild dog, giraffe, wildebeest, zebra, antelopes, and baboon.
Night drives– Guests interested in taking a look at the nocturnal species of the concession can head out after sunset with a guide. You’ll have a lot of fun searching for leopard, aardvark, porcupine, and the charming pangolin!
Walking safaris– Also enjoyed in the presence of your knowledgeable guide, walks are fantastic for finding out about the smaller lives of the concession – the plants, insects, and birdlife. Verney’s bird specials include Goliath heron and greater flamingo.
Mokoro excursions– A mokoro is a dug-out canoe. As this type of vehicle doesn’t have a motor, passengers are able to get up close to the likes of hippo, elephant, and some beautiful waterbirds.
Community Visits– Guests are invited to visit a local village, Matabe. Here, you can talk with the village chief and enjoy a guided tour, which includes two schools. You can also look around Mabale’s church, clinic, nutritional garden, and even the cattle dip! This is a fascinating add-on to your safari.