Have you done your quick pick for the week? You don’t have to win the lotto to experience extreme value for money from Zimbabwe’s outstanding luxury safari properties.
Here’s our quick pick of Zimbabwe’s 2014 Safari Awards Finalists in some of the country’s extraordinarily beautiful and untamed wildlife areas:
Big Cave Camp – Matobo National Park
For it’s giant granite masses – seamed, split, shaped and sculptured by time and the elements – which transport you to a lost world of centuries passed. As the saying goes if only these hills could speak. Many caves contain superb galleries of Bushman paintings.
Big Cave Camp’s seven thatched A-frame cottages, each with en-suite bathroom and private balcony, resonate African creative flair. Sophisticated African architecture incorporates colossal boulders into a luxuriously appointed thatched lodge.
Chilo Gorge Safari Lodge – Gonarezhou National Park
For its expert local safari guides including none other than the man himself Clive Stockil, the founding father of the CAMPFIRE project, whose passion for the African bush and conservation has been recognised with numerous local and international awards. Most recently he was honoured with the inaugural Prince William Award for Conservation in Africa in recognition of a lifetime spent dedicated to wildlife conservation and winner of our very own Best Personal Contribution to Wildlife Conservation in the 2014 Safari Awards.
Chilo Gorge offers 10 luxury all-inclusive lodges set high above the Save River in south-eastern Zimbabwe enjoying magnificent views of Gonarezhou National Park, Zimbabwe’s second largest National Park, the lodge has undergone a stunning and extensive refurbishment and has an array of activities.
The Hide – Hwange National Park
For the wildlife sanctuary of Hwange National Park. Hidden in this haven is The Hide. The park protects populations of all of Zimbabwe’s endangered species, over 100 mammal and 400 bird species find refuge here, including what is thought to be one of the largest populations of African wild dog left in the world.
Between game drives and walks in the National Park, there is plenty of time to relax in a comfortable lounge or sit quietly in a hide to watch the wildlife. Hidden away are ten beautiful tented suites with views over the waterhole, where animals congregate day and night.
As a member of the prestigious “Classic Safari Camps of Africa”, The Hide Safari Camps team of professional and friendly staff are dedicated to uphold the finest safari experience we have offered for over a decade.
Kanga Camp – Mana Pools
For the ‘untouched’ wilderness paradise of Mana Pools. Life giving water from the Chitake Springs and the seasonal floodplain of the Ruckomechi and Zambezi Rivers feeds these inland pools and the Kanga Pan, the only known water source in the area available throughout the year, creating a wildlife hub. Pristine and undeveloped, this area gives you a pure, unspoilt, private African safari experience.
The 12-bedded tented camp has en-suite bathroom facilities with outdoor showers and basins overlooking the water hole. One of the tents is a family tent with its own private dining and seating area. The main area has a comfortable lounge and dining area offering you uninterrupted views of a very active water hole. Relax in the upper deck lounge under the shade of a mahogany or sit on the deck below near the splash pool and enjoy Kanga − the old Africa in a new era. Now a nominee in the 2015 Safari Awards!
Singita Pamushana – Malilangwe Wildlife Reserve
For its unwavering commitment to community conservation. In 1994, the not-for-profit Malilangwe Trust was established as a result of the largest ever single donor investment in Zimbabwe, in order to purchase, protect, and manage the extraordinary wilderness area next to the Gonarezhou National Park in southeastern Zimbabwe. This Zimbabwean based and managed Trust was set up to develop a blueprint for creating harmony between conservation initiatives and community development in villages that neighbour wildlife areas. The initiatives in place in the area have met with great success and each guest who visits Singita Pamushana makes a positive impact to this incredibly beautiful land and dynamic community.
Singita manages the lodge on behalf of the Trust and all proceeds from the lodge benefit the numerous conservation and community outreach and development programmes underway.
Bumi Hills – Kariba
For its WOW factor panoramic vista. A vast view of unparalleled beauty is permanently on show from all public areas, your room balcony and the Spa.
The Zambezi River was dammed more than 50 years ago to form one of the world’s largest man-made lakes allowing Bumi Hills Safari Lodge to offer the added dimension of water for cruises, fishing for the fighting “tiger” and safaris to complement the traditional 4 x 4 mode and the rich local Tonga culture.
Take your pick and be in the lap of Zimbabwe’s luxury. Get in touch with our experts for impartial advice to guide you to the one which will suit your requirements best.