One of the advantages of working in travel, is that it’s also part of our job to experience what we offer and explore these incredible places we promote to our travelers. This month Fungai and Chiedza went up to Hwange National Park and stayed at Camp Hwange.
Day 1 – Our arrival and a breeding herd of elephants!
Our expedition began with a warm reception at the Camp Hwange offices from where we and a few other agents had our road transfer in a comfortable air-conditioned vehicle to Hwange National Park. Shingi from Pearls Tours was our driver. We took a detour and were welcomed at Lesedi Primary school by Benson Siyawareva, a local private guide. Benson is the founder of Lesedi Primary and Secondary Schools, as well as Lesedi Clinic. The three facilities provide quality education and health services to communities in a rural area not far from Victoria Falls. He took us around the facilities and after the tour, we had the pleasure of enjoying a heavenly breakfast prepared by the Food Technology and Design students in their beautiful kitchen before we got back on the road.
On arrival at Mbala Gate we were met by our Camp Hwange driver and guide Conscious. After signing in and a short break to stretch our legs we boarded our safari vehicle and had a game drive transfer to camp. Our first wildlife sighting were elephants heading towards a waterhole, we watched the majestic creatures and enjoyed some delicious lunch and drinks afterwards.
We proceeded to camp and were welcomed by the friendly staff. A refreshing welcome drink was awaiting us in the main area after which we were accompanied to our beautiful rooms, well stocked with all amenities. We enjoyed time around the fire before enjoying a yummy three course home-style meal. The next day’s program was discussed and we opted for a morning game drive, whilst others went on a safari walk (Camp Hwange is renowned for its brilliant walking safaris).
The highlight for the day was definitely the breeding herd of elephants at the waterhole. It truly was such a grand ‘African’ welcome.
Day 2 – On safari finding all things great and small!
After a warm and cosy first night’s sleep and a lion calling in the wee hours of the morning, we had a continental breakfast and tea and coffee before heading out to our activity in search of the lion. We listened to the early birdsong and watched as the sun peeked over the horizon to signal another beautiful day. Our expert guide Dave Christensen was amazing and stopped for all things great and small – from animals, birds, insects to grass and flowers. We also stopped for morning coffee and biscuits – enjoyed outside in the African bush. The lion managed to hide from us and we headed back to camp. However, as soon as we got back to camp, Dave informed us there had been a lion sighting close by and we immediately drove out to the sight. We were just in time to witness two lionesses with their cubs on a hunt – the highlight of our second day!
After a delicious lunch and siesta we set out for an evening game drive with Steve as our guide. We stopped for a sundowner at Shumba pan and a herd of elephants came down to drink. Such a fabulous way to end the day. Sunset turned to dark and we headed back to camp (now a night game drive) and sat around the fire to catch up on the highlights of the day and watch the stars. After a delicious dinner and chats we called it a day!
Day 3 – Time to say goodbye
Sadly we had to bid farewell to our new friends at Camp Hwange. The Manager, Mani and her team were amazing! They went out of their way to make sure our stay was comfortable and that we had a safari to remember. We said our goodbyes and had a transfer to Hwange Main Camp where we were met by Shingi our driver who delivered us back home safe and sound. A truly memorable 3 days at Camp Hwange in Zimbabwe. We can’t wait to suggest this gem to our future guests.
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