Camelthorn Lodge
Camelthorn Forest Villa Lion on a game drive
Camelthorn Forest Villa
Lion on a game drive

Camelthorn Lodge

This flagship lodge is nestled in a patch of pristine woodland just west of Ngamo on the edge of the south eastern corner of Hwange National Park. The lodge is unique in its style and design and has as its centre piece a huge ancient camelthorn tree. On the edge of the Ngamo Plain, and strategically placed to explore the remote and unspoilt south eastern portion of the park, Camelthorn offers a spectacular wilderness experience.

Country

Zimbabwe

Highlights

Dine al-fresco style under our ancient camelthorn tree, savour your morning coffee in front of a roaring fire, track elephant herds on foot inside Hwange National Park, or enjoy close up photography from inside our underground look up blind – this flagship lodge ticks all the boxes for your authentic African safari experience.

Need to Know

8 stone forest villas, each with a large open plan bedroom and lounge area with sliding glass doors, overhead fans and a fireplace. The en suite bathrooms have a large bath in front of a picture window, shower, basin and toilet. All villas have an upstairs outdoor maisonette with a hammock and day bed– ideal for a siesta or a night ‘under the stars’.


SafarisSafaris


Game drives, walking safaris, night drives in our private concession, our one of a kind 'pump run' and our unique underground blind Game drives are undertaken in traditional open safari vehicles driven by licensed experienced guides, maximum 6 guests.

Walking safaris are led by a fully licensed and highly experienced armed professional guide and is ideal for photography of big game on foot.

Pump runs - Imvelo Safari Lodges operates 8 waterholes for the wildlife within this area of the park, the furthest of which is 55 km into the Park. A popular activity is to take an all day trip into the park to visit the waterholes and drop fuel and oil for the motors, and rations and supplies for the pump attendants. A picnic lunch is then enjoyed near one of the waterholes before taking an afternoon game drive back to the lodge.

Our underground look up blind is disguised as an ant heap and strategically positioned in the shade of a Leadwood tree to take advantage of both the sunsets and the evening light at elephant toe level.


Wildlife HighlightsWildlife Highlights

Camelthorn is elephant country and much of the game viewing relates to magnificent opportunities to view these, the largest land mammals, in a completely wild state. As well as elephant, this area is also home to over 100 species of other mammals, including 19 large herbivore and eight large carnivore species, and nearly 400 species of birds.

Local ActivitiesLocal Activities

Hwange National Park at 14,500 sq km, is one of Africa’s great Parks and is home to over 100 species of mammals, including nineteen large herbivore and eight large carnivore species, and nearly 400 species of birds. Hwange is elephant country and much of the game viewing relates to magnificent opportunities to view these, the largest land mammals, in a completely wild state.  The lodge estate lies within the Tsholotsho Communal area and is directly linked with local communities to make this a true eco-tourism lodge.

GAME DRIVES

  • Morning and afternoon game drives with snacks in traditional open safari vehicles
  • All day game drives with a packed lunch and snacks in traditional open safari vehicles.
  • Land Cruisers seat up to 9 guests and Land Rovers seat up to 7 guests

GAME WALKS

  • Conducted by a fully licensed and highly experienced professional guide
  • Usually undertaken in the mornings and ideal for photography of big game on foot

THE LOOK UP GAME VIEWING HIDE

  • Experience Hwange’s giants up close and only a few meters from the watering hole from the safety of this specialized 6m long underground blind with en-suite flush toilet

NIGHT DRIVES

  • Night drives within the lodge’s private concession to view the array of wildlife, particularly nocturnal creatures
  • Usually undertaken upon return from the afternoon activity or alternatively after supper

PUMP RUNS

  • Imvelo maintain 15 boreholes in and on the borders of the national park which provide essential water to the wildlife during the dry months of the year. A popular activity is to take an all day trip into the park to visit the waterholes to drop off fuel and oil for the motors as well as rations and supplies for the pump attendants
  • A picnic lunch is then enjoyed near one of the waterholes followed by a leisurely game drive back to lodge in the afternoon.

SCHOOL TOURS AND VILLAGE VISITS

  • Fifteen minutes drive from the lodge our guests have the opportunity to enjoy a look at village life in rural Matabeleland. A fascinating experience of a variety of typical daily village activities, which can be followed by a tour of one of the nearby schools conducted by the Headmaster where guests are given the opportunity to hear traditional songs sung by the children and enjoy a ‘class interaction’.

FacilitiesFacilities

FACILITIES

  • Main lodge is a magnificent stone structure with thatch roof built in an open U around the lodge’s splendid namesake – the Camelthorn Tree
  • The Western wing is a closed in dining room protected from the elements with 3 fireplaces
  • The central portion of the main lodge is an open fronted reception area and lounge
  • The Eastern wing has open fronted bar and lounge area on a raised teak deck
  • Within the U lies an open patio area under the Camelthorn, ideal for enjoying leisurely brunches and candlelit dinners under the stars on warm evenings
  • Electricity by generator
  • Free WiFi in the main lodge area
  • Cell phone reception
  • In-house spa treatments available. Price on request

ROOM AMENITIES

  • Ceiling fans
  • Fire place
  • Stocked minibar facility
  • Coffee and tea tray
  • Hair dryer
  • Mosquito net and repellent
  • Emergency whistle and air horn
  • Electronic safes
  • Mobile LED lamp
  • Bath robes
  • Free daily laundry (weather dependent)

AccommodationAccommodation

  • 8 forest villas: 82 m sq flat roof with stone walls, outdoor maisonette with hammocks (ideal for a siesta or a night ‘under the stars’) accessed via a spiral stairway, large bedroom and lounge area with large sliding glass doors and overhead fans and fireplace, en-suite bathroom with bath in front of a picture window, shower, basin and toilet
  • Room configuration – one king bed or twin double beds

AccoladesAccolades

2015 Safari Awards: Winner of Best Community Focused Safari Property in Zimbabwe


2015 Safari Awards: Runner Up Best Ecologically Responsible Safari Property in Zimbabwe

2016 Safari Awards: Highly Commended - Best Safari Guiding Team

2016: Safari Awards: Highly Commended - Best Community Focused Property

2016: Safari Awards: Highly Commended - Most Romantic Safari Property

2018 Safari Awards: Highly Commended - Best Value Safari Property

2018 Safari Awards: Highly Commended - Most Romantic Safari Property

2018 Safari Awards: Highly Commended - Best Safari Guiding Team

SeasonSeason

Open year round

Average StayAverage Stay

3 nights

Average PriceAverage Room Prices

(per person per night unless otherwise stated)

From $595 per person per night sharing

Children PolicyChild Policy

No children under 7. Children 7 - 12 yrs pay 50% on accommodation rate only and must share with an adult. Children under the age of 7 are only allowed by special arrangement and providing parents sign a disclaimer. This is subject to restrictions, particularly to do with private dining options and a separate vehicle for game drives and is at the sole discretion of lodge management.

Contact and Social Media

To find out more call us on +44 (0)1865 982290 or email us at enquiries at safariawards.com.

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