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Hwange National Park, Zimbabwe
Best for: Wildlife, Honeymoon
Tucked away in the woodlands of Ngamo Plains, Camelthorn Lodge offers a comfortable and secluded stay in one of Hwange’s last remaining well-protected and unspoilt acacia woodlands. Great guiding and hosts make this an unforgettable stay.
To start planning your tailor-made holiday, call us on (646) 934-8870
Built on communal land, Camelthorn Lodge sits on the edge of south-eastern corner of Hwange National Park. Deliberately placed to make exploring the eastern reaches of the park easy, the lodge offers a great location and even better experiences. One of the best ways to view and photograph the elephants that Hwange is so famous for, is to do it from Camelthorn's viewing hide. The hide is located just a few meters from a watering hole around a kilometre from camp in Hwange National Park. Built at elephant toe level, it has been disguised as an ant heap and makes the perfect place to spend hours watching these beautiful animals.
When not sitting in the hide you could spend time out in a game vehicle during both the day and the night. Structured to fit around you, an experienced and knowledgeable guide will take you out across the park to find some incredible wildlife. At night you may even spot some more active predators or lesser seen animals such as the striped pole cat, Selous mongoose and lesser bush baby. For those wanting to get up close and personal to the bush, a game walk across the Ngamo Plains might be for you. You may come face-to-face with some elephant, or eye-to-eye with some smaller species.
The largest feature of Camelthorn Lodge is the ancient camelthorn tree that takes central place, spanning the 35-metre outdoor dining area. The lodge comprises of eight beautifully furnishes forest villas with high ceilings keeping it cool in the warmer months and warm in the cooler ones. Each villa boasts private en-suite bathrooms overlooking the woodland and a fireplace, ground level deck and upstairs balcony with a hammock and day bed. The main lodge is a magnificent stone structure with a thatch roof built around the lodge’s splendid camelthorn tree. One wing houses a closed dining room; another a spacious living area; and the third has an open-fronted bar and lounge area on a raised teak deck, ideal for enjoying leisurely brunches and candlelit dinners under the stars on warm evenings.
In our opinion, no stay at Camelthorn is complete without a ride on the Elephant Express. The Elephant Express offers guests the perfect mode of transport to camp – on a train. Departing from Dete and arriving at Ngamo, or vice versa, you could spend a couple of hours enjoying the landscape and scenery of Zimbabwe in complete comfort. A brilliant alternative to a road or air transfer.
When to go
This corner of Southern Africa has a wonderful temperate climate which can be visited all year round. The best game viewing is from May to the end September.
Summer (November to March) days can get quite warm (up to 28-32 degrees on average) but it is a dry heat. Summer rainfall, normally in the form of thunder storms are usually in the evening, however, the African climate is still always unpredictable. Autumn (April to May) days can still be warm but the evenings cool down. Average day time temperature 22-28 degrees. Evenings 10-15 degrees. Winter (June to August) days are warm (temperatures in the mid-twenties) evenings and early mornings very cold with average early morning temperatures 5-12 degrees. It very rarely rains at this time when the bush is golden and dry.
Spring (September, October) days start getting hotter, evenings and mornings could still be crisp but not as cold. A very slim chance of rain.
To start planning your tailor-made holiday, call us on (646) 934-8870
Things to do
Free Accomodation for Children at Camelthorn Lodge
Children sharing with an adult/s will be offered free of cost accommodation at Camelthorne Lodge, Zimbabwe during certain dates in 2020. Terms and conditions apply. Subject to availability. Please speak to one of our specialists for more information.
Stay 3, pay 2 at Camelthorn Lodge
Stay for 3 nights and pay for 2 at Gorges Lodge during selected dates in 2020. Terms and conditions apply. Subject to availability. Please speak to one of our specialists for more information.
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The Elephant Express
The Elephant Express train is a unique way to be transferred from Hwange Main Gate to Imvelo's lodges of Camelthorn and Bomani. Enjoy the ride through the park and the chance for your first glimpse of Hwange's amazing wildlife.
Game Drives in Hwange National Park
Explore Hwange National Park on a game drive with an experienced professional safari guide with the chance to see one of Africa's most impressive elephant populations as well as wild dog, buffalo and over 400 species of bird.
Horse Riding in Hwange
Discover the wonders of Hwange on horse back. Imvelo invite you to enjoy a sense of freedom and tranquillity as you ride through the bush and across open savannah to find game and bringing you closer to nature than ever before.
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Victoria Falls and Hwange
Take in Zimbabwe's highlights with a breath-taking visit to the majestic Victoria Falls before enjoying an exciting safari in Hwange National Park. Famed for its impressive elephant population you are in for a treat and can get truly off-the-beaten-track!