You will be transferred back to the Victoria Falls Airport to meet the short light aircraft flight to Hwange National Park, where you will be met by your guide and safari vehicle and head to Camelthorn Lodge before the afternoon game drive.The oldest and largest national park in Zimbabwe, the 14 650km2 Hwange National Park lies in the north west of the country on the ancient animal migration routes towards Chobe and the Linyanti of northern Botswana. There are no natural watercourses in Hwange which means the game is reliant upon the park’s network of artificially pumped waterholes when seasonal pans start to dry out.

Explore Hwange National Park on extensive morning, afternoon and spot lit evening game-drives in an open 4×4 vehicles, led by passionate and knowledge professional guides. The large population and variety of herbivores on the nearby Ngamo Plains support abundant predators. Lion, spotted hyena, cheetah and leopard are often seen. To prevent destruction of the pristine woodland by elephant a permanent waterhole has been created less than a kilometer away from the lodge. Take an escorted stroll to a large private underground blind where you can sit and observe interactions within, and between, the elephant herds coming in to drink.

It is Hwange’s varied topography – from arid semi-desert in the west to lush teak forests in the east – that ensures a diverse mix of animal and bird habitats. This extensive wilderness area offers exceptional elephant sightings and supports significant numbers of buffalo, lion, wild dog, cheetah and plains game. Sable and roan antelope are also common and leopard occur in good numbers although are shy and sightings are rare. There are very few rhino left in Hwange and they are therefore hardly ever seen. A notable feature is the exceptional quality of guiding in the park, headed up by Zimbabwean pro-guides, many of whom have returned to the country over the last few years and are among the best in Africa.

Experience some real eco-tourism by spending an afternoon visiting local villages and schools and hear about some of the many community based projects Camelthorn’s parent company is involved in. Interpretive bush walks, bird watching and a full day “pump” run during the dry months of May to November add to the diverse safari experience offered by Camelthorn. Three nights Camelthorn Lodge. All meals and local drinks.