Hwange National Park
Bomani Tented Lodge
If your holiday is as much about the journey as the destination, you’ll love this delightful lodge located on a private reserve, moments from the beautiful Hwange National Park.
Enjoy a trip on the renowned Elephant Express en-route – offering glorious game-viewing before you’ve even stepped foot inside the lodge. Once settled into your comfortable suite, you can enjoy relaxed game-drives accompanied by experienced rangers, pump runs, the new rhino sanctuary and fascinating village visits where you are guaranteed a warm welcome from the locals.
Facilities & Activities
Bomani Tented Lodge’s main thatched area encompasses the bar, dining area and a lounge with comfy sofas overlooking its own waterhole which offers plentiful game-viewing opportunities. Guests will appreciate the plunge-pool located between the central building and the waterhole – perfect for a post-game-drive freshen-up.
As with all Imvelo Lodges, the focus is very much on connecting with nature and ensuring local communities and conservation benefit. Activities at Bomani Tented Lodge include game-walks accompanied by highly-experienced rangers, game-drives around the private reserve or into the National Park and night-drives around the Private Reserve. The Lodge have also introduced a visit to a new Rhino Sanctuary (payable locally) which opened in 2022. The ‘Pump Run’ provides a great insight into Hwange, and involves a full day in the park checking the waterholes that Imvelo looks after. Community visits to the local village and school offer a fascinating insight into local culture.
Please note that Wi-Fi is only available in the main areas.
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Depending on your game-drive schedule you could be enjoying an early campfire breakfast with cold meats, cheese, fruit and pancakes, or perhaps a later full-works brunch. A typical bush lunch might be a pie with vegetables or salad and dinner is a three-course affair, washed down with local beer or wine by the campfire, or in the large open dining room.
There are several suite categories at Bomani, with all suites spread out along sandy paths either side of the main building. The 5 tented Saddlebill Suites are positioned on raised teak platforms, 5ft above ground overlooking the plains and come as either a double bed or as a twin with 2 double beds.
There are a further 4 Spurwing Suites at ground level veranda, overlooking the lodge and waterhole also offering either a double bed or twin with 2 double beds – 1 honeymoon suite with king-size bed; 2 twin suites with twin double beds and space for an extra bed for children; 1 double suite with king-size bed.
Décor is simple and comfortable but elegant with neutral tones and wooden for tiled flooring and wood furnishings. All rooms have an en-suite bathroom, ceiling or standing fan, swathes of mosquito nets and a safe as well as practical considerations such as a tea & coffee facilities, a mobile lamp, fan and mosquito repellent.
The Sable Suite (family suite) is a large raised tent structure composed of 4 sections including 2 bedrooms both en-suite, 1 with a king bed and the other with 2 three-quarter beds. The suite has a spacious dining and lounge area with a deck overlooking the plains. Extra beds can be added to the lounge area to allow the suite to sleep up to 6 people.
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Minimum age is 7 years – but younger families can be accepted by prior arrangement.
Imvelo Safari Lodge – are big on Eco Tourism with a focus on both conservation and community initiatives.
Conservation focus is management of the game parks water supply and “pump run”, providing fire protection and protecting animal food sources, wildlife buffer zones where there are wildlife / human conflicts, raptor protection and education programme to name just a few.
Community initiatives CAMPFIRE – local community involvement in tourism and wildlife conservation, providing clean water to communities, healthcare through annual dentists and optician visits arranged by Imvelo and providing education of building and maintaining of schools.
In 2022 – Imvelo re-introduced rhino to the area, with a long term goal of bringing the Big 5 to Hwange National Park.
Bomani Tented Lodge lies on a 5000 hectare private concession in the remote and unspoilt Ngamo Plains region of the south-eastern corner of Hwange National Park. This particular area of Hwange has beautiful open plains and herds of animals roaming freely across the open savannah. Several pans dotted around the open plains attract vast herds of elephant along with all the other species including lion, giraffe, buffalo, wildebeest, zebra, sable and many more. The south eastern part of the park is so remote that only vehicles from the Wilderness Lodges will ever be seen down there.
There are no fences, simply a railway line that separates the private reserve from the Hwange National Park, therefore game roams freely between the two. The National park is just a 15 minute drive through the private concession which is a game-drive in itself. Such close access to the park gives guests the best of both worlds.
Bomani is a 4-5 hour drive or an hour’s flight from Victoria Falls. Alternatively, you can opt to take the Stimela Star – four private vintage carriages on the sleeper train from Victoria Falls to Ngamo. A popular alternative is to travel two hours by road to Dete Railway Station, then ride for two hours on the Elephant Express – an open-sided railcar cleverly adapted for game-viewing that travels along the side of the National Park to Bomani Siding from where it is a short hop to camp.