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About Zimbabwe

Zimbabwe is making its comeback after its political woes and visitors to this country will enjoy the freedom of wildlife viewing without the tourists. Options include canoeing safaris, walking and horse or elephant-back, led by some of Africa’s most experienced guides (the Zimbabwe guiding license takes four years and is the most comprehensive in operation).

We can’t mention Zimbabwe without in the same breath mentioning the mighty Zambezi river - giving life to millions on its journey - and the Victoria Falls, one of the 7 Natural Wonders of the World.

Rainy seasons: approx. November to March



Safari Properties in Zimbabwe


African Bush Camps

African Bush Camps is a private, owner-run African-based safari company that speaks of the art of service and offers you an authentic safari experience in the untamed African wilderness. Focused on your experience as our guest, our professional guides and naturalist enthusiasts will be at hand to ensure your journey with African Bush Camps is the very best safari experience available.

If you are in search of unique wildlife encounters, thirst for adventure and want a Safari rich with African wildlife and culture, then you have found the ideal safari partner. African Bush Camps offers you a variety of exclusive safari camps to fit today’s modern traveller. Whether it be on the mighty Zambezi River, in the Okavango Delta or soaring over the Linyanti Marsh, we invite you to join us for an incredible and memorable journey.

We look forward to hosting you in our quintessential Africa.

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Antelope Park

Antelope Park, truly a spectacular place in the heart of Zimbabwe and a must visit for anyone who calls themselves Zimbabwean and for anyone who would like to experience the rich & diverse Zimbabwean culture. Famous for Animal Planet’s popular documentary series “Roaring with Pride” and ITV’s “Lion Country.” Home to the ALERT lion rehabilitation programme, a non-profit organization, dedicated to the facilitation and promotion of sound conservation and management plans for the African Lion.

Set in over 3000 acres of savannah grassland, Antelope Park is one of Southern Africa’s most intriguing destinations. Partake in our multitude of breathtaking activities including our world famous Walk with Lions and our world exclusive Night Encounter, as well as elephant and horseback safaris, game drive’s, boat cruises and a viewing of our famous Ngamo release pride, featured on Animal Planet’s “Roaring with Pride.” Choose from our array of stunning and varied accommodation from exclusive en-suite Island & River lodges, East-African Style River Tents, Self Catering Lodges and Zimbabwe’s best camping facilities. To further compliment the experience safari-style, home-cooked meals are available and our new coffee shop offers a variety of delicious treats, coffee and beautiful curios.

Your stay at Antelope Park will leave you with memories that will last a lifetime and the knowledge that you have personally contributed to the survival of the African Lion.

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Big Cave Camp

The Big Cave Camp wilderness area was purchased by Cyril Waddy in 1947 and has been in the family ever since. The Waddys are from pioneering stock and have lived in the country for four generations. Avid bush lovers, the entire family spend a large part of their time exploring, hiking and learning about the many 
species of trees, flora and fauna that abound in the Matobo Hills.

Big Cave Camp was started by Mike and Yvonne Waddy as a recreational facility for the family in 1980 and was subsequently developed as a tourist facility by David Waddy. Dave can recall how they first lived in a two man tent, with no electricity or generator. Everything was either paraffin or gas operated. Today they are still very much involved in promoting tourism to Zimbabwe, after what has been a tough few years.

The lodge was expanded to accommodate 16 guests, the property restored to pristine condition and a wildlife sanctuary was created for the natural species of game that occur in the Matobo Hills.

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Bomani Tented Lodge

This luxurious tented lodge is tucked away in a private concession on the edge of the south eastern corner of Hwange National Park, in Zimbabwe. With its remote location and untouched surroundings, Bomani offers guests a truly authentic African Safari experience. Referred to as 'Hwange's best kept secret', Bomani is famous for its large herds of elephants as well as many other unique species of wildlife. Our fully licensed and knowledgeable guides will treat you to a safari experience you will never forget!

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Bumi Hills Safari Lodge & Spa

Bumi Hills Safari Lodge & Spa re-opened after an extensive renovation period in 2009. Perched atop a range of hills overlooking the floodplains below and seemingly endless lake beyond the views afforded by this location are arguably the best of any safari lodge in Africa.

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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.

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Camp Amalinda

An African inspired refuge, where world-class facilities combine with the spiritual energy, allure and unique beauty, for which the Matobo Hills is so celebrated. This exclusive, privately owned safari lodge is in the UNESCO World Heritage Site of the Matobo Hills, situated only 45kms from Bulawayo. Tucked away into an ancient Bushman’s shelter, Camp Amalinda was voted in the top 3 Safari Lodges in Zimbabwe for 2010 and 2013. The granite domes and castle kopjes of the Matobo Hills echo the essence of tranquility and the majesty of untamed Africa, where mammal and bird species are prolific. Included here are the highest concentrations of Leopard and Black Eagle in the world, as well as a healthy population of the endangered Black and White Rhino.

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Camp Hwange

Camp Hwange is a Classic Safari Camp on a private concession deep in Sinamatella area which is in the north of Hwange National Park.  This is Zimbabwe’s largest park and is truly one of its best. Our camp is a 3 hour drive from Victoria Falls. One hour being on a very good tarred road and the final two hours, through the National Park.

Our wholesome cuisine includes a good selection of meats, vegetables and fruits. We can cater for vegetarians or anyone with food allergies.

Camp Hwange is a very intermit camp, perfect for guests who want a truly wilderness experience and a wonderful feeling of being in large open areas.

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Changa Safari Camp

With impeccable safari pedigrees and a shared passion for the wilderness and African wildlife, the Higgins and Preston families got together and built a dream safari camp on the shores of Lake Kariba, in the Matusadona National Park in the north of Zimbabwe. Changa’s hospitality is fast-becoming legendary – we happily receive the adventurous and the curious, we warmly welcome the active or those who just want to relax and retreat.

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Chilo Gorge Safari Lodge

Set high atop the cliffs, looking down on the Save River in southeastern Zimbabwe is Chilo Gorge Safari Lodge. Enjoying a magnificent location overlooking Gonarezhou National Park, Zimbabwe’s second largest National Park, the Lodge has undergone a stunning and extensive refurbishment. Offering luxury all-inclusive lodges, a self-catering camp and a wide range of activities, Chilo ensures guests can truly feel part of untamed Africa.

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Elephant Camp

The Elephant Camp offers an exclusive luxury tented experience for guests visiting the Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe. The camp is renowned for its friendly staff, great cuisine and fantastic location.

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Elephant's Eye

The best Zimbabwe has to offer, Elephant’s Eye, Hwange Lodge presents an unforgettable experience with African wildlife in an intimate and welcoming setting. Attention to detail and friendly service in the heart of the African bush will put you at ease as you escape the noise and bustle of the modern world. Enjoy the quiet, beautiful views looking onto a waterhole which is frequented by elephants and other game, allowing you to feel at one with nature.

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Goliath Safaris Luxury Tented Camp

Goliath Safaris is an owner - operated tented camp in Mana Pools catering for a maximum of 14 guests. Safaris are personalized with no rigid routines and all activities revolve around the guest's wishes and requests. Goliath Safaris is known for it's personal touch and it's willingness to cater to all needs.

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Hayward's Grand Safari Company

Hayward’s Grand African Safari’s provides esteemed groups access into southern African wilderness areas not accessible to the general public, ensuring total exclusivity and guest comfort in bespoke, luxury tented African safari environments that are First Class and of extreme privilege.

Each 5-star rated safari camp is a once-off, sustainable, eco-friendly venue offering safari guests the ultimate in Grand Safari Experiences - legacy-building interactions with wildlife, land custodians and park wardens.

Our carefully designed Corporate Events have won numerous international awards and are designed to make an indelible impression on all who attend.

Our incredible temporary, luxury tented African safari camps are sanctuaries of peace, tranquility and intrigue that celebrate the unexplored spaces of adventurous Africa in true expedition style and provide guests with a luxury transition from a frantic workday world into a universe of calm open space and a deeper understanding of life itself. Our roots are in Africa and the company’s experience in luxury safari travel spans many decades.

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Ivory Lodge

An accessible family run safari camp located on a private concession of 6000 acres. A favourite destination for those interested in seeing elephant herds in great numbers from the comfort of their room or the luxury of the camp. It is also here that the famous Presidential Herd drinks – these elephants’ home-range is amongst the dense feeding areas of the Sikumi Vlei and where they find refuge from the scorching heat at Ivory’s water hole. All the comforts of a 3 star camp with amazing wildlife and game activities in camp. Family friendly and consists of 1 family room and 2 suites that can be converted to triples for families with children U12.

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Kalahari Skies

Hemingway Safaris is a Botswana based mobile tour operator who’s owners want to share their love for the country and its nature and wildlife with their visitors. This reflects in the way they run their safaris, clients appreciate the personal attention Hemingway offers and many become friends.

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Kanga Bush Camp

Set in the most remote part of the World Heritage Site in Mana Pools is the Kanga Pan, not too far from Chitake Springs. 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.

The diverse area has multiple vlei lines, river systems of the Ruckomechi River, and mixed woodland types from Mopane woodland to Jesse bush and riverine forests. Kanga Pan itself is the only known water source in the area available throughout the year, making it a hub for wildlife and a delight to explore on foot. Pristine and undeveloped, this area gives you a pure, unspoilt, private African safari experience.

Besides game drives, bird watching and walking excursions, an hour’s drive brings you to the Zambezi flood plains in Mana Pools for canoeing and fishing excursions. Long-term stays can also be booked at Chitake Springs through special prior arrangements. Kanga works well in collaboration with Zambezi Expeditions to provide guests with an overall view of the inland and riverside experiences available in Mana Pools, one of the last remaining “untouched” wilderness paradises.

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Khulu Lodge

Khulu Ivory is set on a private concession on the Dete Vlei. This luxurious camp is accessible by road or from the airport and is the perfect get away for the discerning safari enthusiast requiring top of the range guiding, wildlife viewing, privacy and luxury.

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Lady Jacqueline Cruiser

The Lady of the Lake, Lady Jacqueline Kariba houseboat, is a beautiful 65ft Cruiser with cabin capacity for 10 people . She is fully equipped and furnished with all the uncomplicated comforts that make a trip aboard her one of simple luxury. Her spacious interior and ample deck area invite you to sit back and enjoy the very best of the “Kariba Houseboat Experience” in Zimbabwe.

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Nehimba Safari Lodge

Nehimba is one of Zimbabwe's most exclusive photographic safari lodges. Situated in a private concession deep in the heart of Hwange National Park Zimbabwe.

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Singita Pamushana

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. . Singita Pamushana Lodge is the ecotourism arm of this 130,000 acre reserve, and its role is to help foster the sustainability of the wildlife and broader ecology, while enabling guests to share the magic of the lodge and the Malilangwe Wildlife Reserve.

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Somalisa Camp

Authentic Tented Camp in the Heart of Hwange

Somalisa Camp is set in the heart of Hwange National Park, and is known as the land of the giants for its big elephant herds. Nestled in a stunning location tucked away on an acacia island along the edge of an ancient seasonal flood plain, Somalisa provides guests with breathtaking views of the savannah plains across the famous Kennedy Vlei line. Recently re-built, Somalisa Camp has upgraded its level of accommodation to that of complete comfort and luxury whilst still maintaining its focus on the guiding and hosting of guests to ensure the ultimate guest experience.

Consisting of seven elegantly furnished Sail Tents with gauze sliding doors, a glass wood-burner fireplace for the cold winter nights, and an overhead fan for the hot summer days, each tent has en suite bathroom facilities including flush toilets, an indoor and outdoor shower, as well as a copper slipper-style bathtub. The main decking area includes split level decking with a separate lounge and dining area, as well as a small splash pool for guests overlooking the “Elephant Pool” and a natural waterhole where herds of game congregate to drink and where guests can relax whilst soaking in the African bush.

Activities include guided walks lead by qualified and passionate guides who will share their knowledge and love of the bush with you, game drives and night drives. Wildlife sightings include elephant, kudu, sable antelope, zebra, wildebeest, gemsbok, the rare and endangered roan antelope, buffalo, giraffe, lion, leopard, hyena, and many other wildlife species.

Reminiscent of the 'Old Untouched Africa', Somalisa Camp is hidden in a grove of acacias in the heart of Hwange National Park. The emphasis at African Bush Camps is on the personal guiding and hosting, and nothing is too much trouble.

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The Hide

The Hide is an upmarket tented safari camp in Hwange National Park. Voted “Best Tented Safari Camp” in Zimbabwe for more than a decade. The Hide has justly earned its reputation as a great wildlife experience wrapped in warm welcoming hospitality. The Hide offers game drives, night drives and walking safaris. 

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Victoria Falls River Lodge

 

Nestled amongst verdant trees on the banks of the mighty Zambezi River, the luxury tented Victoria Falls River Lodge is situated in the Zambezi National Park (Zimbabwean side). Offering something for everyone - it is the ideal place from which to explore Victoria Falls and merges the African Safari experience with one of the Seven Natural Wonders of the World - the spray of which can be seen in the distance!

The combination of personal service, incredible wildlife viewing, exclusive access to a private island, a significant array of onsite recreation options, fine dining, luxurious accommodations and revitalising Spa treatments - along with easy access to a smorgasbord of adventure activities, vibrant market-places and historical sites - ensure an unforgettable experience that will leave guests wanting to return again, and again.

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Victoria Falls Safari Lodge

Now in its 20th year of welcoming guests, the wonderful Victoria Falls Safari Lodge is built on a plateau overlooking the Zambezi National Park with endless unspoilt views to the horizon, just four kilometers from the majestic Victoria Falls.

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Vundu Camp

Bushlife Safaris based in Mana Pools National Park Zimbabwe operates the following camps/safaris : Vundu Camp , Little Vundu Camp , Ruwesi Canoe Trails and Chitake Mobile Tented Camp .The camps are comfortable providing all the neccessary amenities , our focus is on the quality of guiding and safari experience .

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Zambezi Canoe Expeditions

An Exclusive Camp overlooking the majestic Zambezi River

The legendary Mana Pools is known for its wildlife rich flood plains and magnificent views of the Zambezi River. The river boasts of some of Africa’s most amazing tiger fishing and adventure canoeing safaris, creating the perfect combination of beauty and fun and making this World Heritage site a must-visit national park.

Zambezi Expeditions offers one of the best ways to experience Mana Pools on the banks of the mighty Zambezi River. The 12-bedded luxury mobile camp is set up prior to your arrival near the Zambezi River, providing you with the opportunity to canoe and fish either from the banks or off an island in the middle of the river. One of the main highlights is a game drive along the flood plain in an open 4 x 4 Land Cruiser that takes you into the heart of an Africa dream abounding with the continent’s unique animals − eland, elephant, African wild dogs, water buck, big herds of buffalo, kudu, lion and leopard.

With 6 twin-bedded tents and en-suite bathroom facilities that include flush toilets and an alfresco hot bucket shower, the camp gives “Glamping” a new definition by virtue of its detailed furnishings that include 12 volt lighting and charging facilities for cameras. A well serviced mess tent with a dining and seating area forms part of the camp.

The camp has a minimum stay of two nights for a minimum of two people and is the perfect combination to include with Kanga Camp to give you an overall experience of Mana Pools, both inland and riverside. Two night stays can be requested for larger groups of a minimum of ten people.

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Zambezi Sands

This tented lodge is situated within the western area of the Zambezi National Park on the banks of the mighty Zambezi River upstream of the Victoria Falls. Zambezi Sands is unique in that it features not only the Zambezi River and water based activities and some glorious wildlife and scenery but is also close to the Victoria Falls.

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