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Camelthorn Lodge

Camelthorn Lodge, Hwange National Park

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Camelthorn is a luxurious lodge nestled in woodlands within a private concession of the Ngamo Plains region of the south-eastern corner Hwange National Park. It’s lovely and shady, with a tranquil feel about it. Families looking for a truly memorable safari experience will not be disappointed as this is one Lodge that ticks all those important boxes; comfortable, stylish suites, community and conservation-minded owners, a beautiful setting and amazing game-viewing.

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Camelthorn Lodge
  • rooms

    Camelthorn offers just 8 luxuriously-furnished forest villas that are cool in the hot months and warm and cosy in the colder months. Built from stone and furnished with teak furniture, each villa has a private en-suite bathroom with a bath and feature window overlooking the woodland, large shower, fireplace, a private ground level deck and an upstairs outdoor maisonette with a hammock and day bed under shade. The villas can be configured with either one king-bed or two twin beds and include a lounge area. They have everything you need from air-conditioning, mosquito nets and robes to minibars and tea and coffee trays.

  • facilities & activities

    At the centre of the unique main lodge is a huge ancient Camelthorn tree that houses an open-fronted bar and lounge area. As well as the main reception, you’ll find a cosy and welcoming sitting room, complete with fireplaces, as well as a dining area. The pleasant patio area around the Camelthorn is perfect for a leisurely brunch or candle-lit dinner. There is also a small plunge pool to cool off in. The main lounge and dining area have Wi-Fi.

    Activities include game-drives, night-drives and game-walks with friendly, knowledgeable guides, as well as cultural tours of the local village and schools. Guests can also horse-ride (additional charge payable) and the 'Pump Run' involves a full day in the park checking the waterholes that Imvelo look after. There are even spa-treatments on offer should you wish to indulge yourself after a day exploring - prices and treatment options are available on request.

    Of course a stay here is very much about the wildlife and you don’t have to leave the Lodge to see it first-hand; the woodlands surrounding the forest villas are dotted with small water baths that attract some of the smaller and less destructive woodland creatures - bushbuck, mongoose, squirrels and an abundance of interesting and colourful birdlife. Less than a kilometre away from the lodge and inside Hwange National Park, the Lodge have built an underground hide in front of a beautifully located waterhole - photographers love this ‘look-up’ hide – a semi-submerged shipping container with windows that keeps you hidden as elephants come close to drink. Such close proximity to Hwange's giants is truly breath-taking!

  • dining

    It’s not just about the elegant surroundings here – Camelthorn offers the kind of top-notch food you want to linger over, whether it’s the impressive and extensive breakfast buffet, a bush lunch rounded off by an ice-cold G&T, pre-dinner sundowners and canapes as the sun goes down or the mouth-watering three course dinner that’s prepared each evening, washed down with local beers and wine. Meals are served in the dining room on chillier days or outside under the majestic camelthorn on warm evenings.

  • family

    The minimum age here is 7 years but the Lodge may accept families with younger children by prior arrangement.

  • location

    Camelthorn is situated in one of Hwange’s last remaining well-protected and un-spoilt acacia woodlands, on the edge of the South Eastern corner of Hwange National Park. This area is famous for the unique scenery and large herds of animals. It’s a four-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 transfer two hours by road to Dete Railway Station, then travel for 2 ½ hours on the Elephant Express – an open-sided railcar cleverly adapted for game-viewing that travels along the side of the National Park from where it is a short hop to camp.

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