What you need to know
Hwange National Park (formerly Wankie Game Reserve) named after a local Nhanzwa chief, is the largest Park in Zimbabwe occupying 14 650 square kilometers. The park lies in the North West bordering Botswana, off the main road between Bulawayo and the Victoria Falls. The park is easily be reached by road and air and is open all year round, the excellent time to visit is in the dry winter months. The park was founded in 1928. Before this, it was the royal hunting ground for Matabele king, Mzilikazi.
The park
The Park hosts over 100 mammal and 400 bird species with elephants numbers more than 20,000, up from about4,000 when the park was established thought to be one of the biggest populations of African wild dog left in the world along with Kruger National Park. Tremendous pride of lion and buffalo are also common, and you have a good chance of spotting leopard and rhino, cheetah and the woolly brown hyena also occurs here sometimes.
A significant feature of Hwange is the absence of permanent surface water. There are some waterholes which are maintained by various lodges in the park throughout the year thereby ensuring the livelihoods of thousands of animals, and excellent game viewing as wildlife congregates these points.
The landscape
The landscape in the park is diverse, with a dense teak forest in the north and Kalahari Sandveld in the south. In between, open grassy plains lined with acacia lie alongside mopane woodland and islands of ilala palms. The seasons, too, compel dramatic changes on the park. During the hot summer rains between December and March, the bush becomes lush, and the wildlife disperses. Between June and October, during the winter months see the bush quickly dry and thin out, with very few waterholes remain, and the wildlife is focused and easy to spot.
Where to stay
Hwange Safari Lodge
The Hwange Safari Lodge holds two restaurants: the Dingani Restaurants seating for 150 persons and the open-air pool area accommodation for 200 persons the Dingani restaurant offers an a la carte menu and has a wonderful view of the neighboring bush through the glass windows and sliding doors. The pool area provides snacks, and light meals, buffet breakfasts, lunch and dinners, and a bonfire is made every night. If you want to encounter Hwange Safari Lodge at its best, request for a bush dinner. Here, long tables are set up alongside glistening bonfires, and a sumptuous bush buffet is served.
The Tusker Cocktail Bar can accommodate up to 50 people and a 100 more if the lounge is also considered. The waterhole bar is found on the deck and is normally closed during the low season. However, the Waterhole Bar will be opened for guests on request. This is the ideal location to observe the animals coming for a drink while you are sipping a refreshing drink. The conference amenities at Hwange Safari Lodge are of an international standard and cater for up to 100 delegates. The facilities include all electronic equipment required for conferencing, the staff at Hwange Safari Lodge will also be very settling should you need extra hardware.

The Location

Hwange Safari Lodge is located outside the borders of the famous Hwange National park, and actually forms part of the Park. Hwange Safari Lodge in Zimbabwe is an hour’s drive from the Victoria Falls.

Accommodation

At Hwange, Safari Lodge visitors are held in 100 tastefully decorated rooms and suites, all en-suite and with air-conditioning, fan, and heating. All rooms face either the savanna bush, waterhole, or swimming pool. Visitors shouldn’t be too startled if they can see an elephant from their window.

The Hwange Safari Lodge provides for guests with various requirements, from families to couples, to tour groups, to singles. Guests can choose between vast suites or standard rooms, with double or twin beds. Only a limited number of rooms have a TV to ensure space and quiet. Mosquito nets, tea, and coffee-making facilities, coffee table and lounge chairs, hairdryer, telephone, and a writing desk are standard in all rooms and suites.

Where to stay

Tom’s Little Hide Camp

Here children’s laughter echoes

As a family-owned camp, we enjoy the idea of families gathering and sharing the life-changing experience of being on safari together. Moreover, Tom’s little hide is excellent, particularly as children of all ages are cherished here. Built as a recognition to Tom Preston, Tom’s Little Hide is a wonderfully authentic safari house set just along the Hide.

Here children’s laughter echoes the Lories bird’s distinctive call and where adults, exciting memories of the day are restricted. Without any worries of intruding on other guests, Tom’s Little Hide offers the opportunity to let go and relax really. As Tom’s is booked out particularly and comes with its individual guide and vehicle, the freedom continues beyond pleasant interactions. The days stretch out before you, yours to do as you wish. Perhaps choose to explore the park all day, right to the farthest reaches, or enjoy a lazy morning by the private splash pool before the rigors of another afternoon in paradise. You can see that a lot of love and drive went into the creation of this particular safari house. Tom’s little Hide is designed to reflect a modern African style with surprising little unique touches. It is made up three large adjacent rooms, all with en-suite bathrooms, and each room faces out over the waterhole, which is a constant scene of activity your terrace is as good as any safari vehicle.

The bedrooms are each independently decorated and furnished with dependable Zimbabwean furniture. All the rooms are mosquito-proofed and have fans for warmer days. Rooms 1 and 2, both double en-suite bedrooms, form the central part of Tom’s Little Hide and can also accommodate one child in each on a significant day bed. The bedrooms are linked by a dining room and outside the veranda, complete with sparkling pool. Place three is more of a family tent with an outside bathroom and inter-leading children’s office, which can accommodate two children. Altogether, up to 10 guests six adults and four children – can stay at Tom’s Little Hide. Because of its proximity, Tent 10 of the Hide’s main camp can also be incorporated into Tom’s Little Hide to include two more adults, if necessary.

Meals and activities are enjoyed privately, and in your own time, children of all ages are welcome here, and you can relax and enjoy a unique, spacious, group safari experience with family and friends at Tom’s Little Hide.

What you’ll love at Tom’s Little Hide

  • Three large adjacent rooms, all en-suite, waterhole views
  • Accommodates up to 10 guests (6 adults, four children)
  • Private splash pool
  • Private dining
  • Private guide and vehicle
  • Children of all ages welcome
  • Up to 4 activities / excursions per day, including game drives, walking, visits to our community projects or painted Dog center.

Tom’s Little Hide Camp

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