Little Makalolo Camp
Hwange National Park, Zimbabwe
Little Makalolo Camp is located in the heart of Zimbabwe's Hwange National Park, next to a vibrant waterhole. This is an exclusive six room camp offering an unsurpassable game viewing experience in the country's largest protected area.
At a Glance
Sit in the log hide and see who comes down to drink
Relax by the pool between game drives
Large comfortable tented rooms
Great for a family with a two-bedroom family tent
Fantastic game viewing in the private Linkwasha Wilderness area
Spend a morning in the log hide, if you are lucky a family of elephants or a herd of buffalo might come in for a drink.Louisa Ross-Taylor
Lie in bed at night and see if you can hear the elephant herds wandering through camp to feed during the quieter hours.Louisa Ross-Taylor
Question your guide on the incredible history of this unique national park.Scott Dunn team
Remember to ask your guide to take you out on a walk. His explanation of tracks in the open areas around camp will be fascinating.Scott Dunn team
Visit one of the local villages to get an amazing insight into local life here.Scott Dunn team
A visit to Little Mak’s hide is a must for an afternoon of close up photography - just before sunset is a great time to capture some really atmospheric shotsAnnie Foot
Little Makalolo, commonly referred to as 'Little Mak', is an exclusive camp offering comfortable and luxurious accommodation and facilities in a fantastic safari location. The camp is managed by the highly acclaimed Wilderness Safaris and the quality of guiding, service and accommodation at Little Makalolo are of the high standard associated with Wilderness.
Hwange National Park is Zimbabwe's largest national park covering 14,500 square kilometers running along the country's eastern border with Botswana. Hwange is predominantly Kalahari sandveld interspersed with saltpans, grassland, mopane and teak woodland and acacia scrub. The environment supports a huge species diversity: over 100 species of mammal and 400 species of birds have been recorded in the area.
Hwange was proclaimed a protected area over 75 years ago and has since become a haven for great herds of buffalo and elephant. These large herds are supported through a network of pumps, tirelessly maintained and serviced through charitable donations, which bring borehole water to the surface to fill waterholes throughout the park.
Little Makalolo is set on one such waterhole providing an opportunity for guests of the camp to enjoy dramatic and diverse game viewing from the camp itself, and up close from the log-pile hide by the water.
The six rooms are all en-suite, with both indoor and outdoor showers. The main living area of camp has a spacious indoor and outdoor dining area, lounge, pool and an open camp fire area, perfect for the colder nights of winter.
The camp is committed to ensuring a light environmental footprint: solar power provides the all electricity and hot water used in camp.
The six tented chalets combine the classic canvas construction of a typical bush camp with the comfort of a contemporary safari lodge. The timber structure of the rooms is covered by canvas and mesh windows, allowing a breeze to blow through the rooms in the hot months, these can be closed for warmth in the winter. Each tent also has a fan and writing table with views out to the bush.
Lighting is provided by a combination of paraffin lamps and low energy LED lamps. In the winter the staff place a hot water bottle in the bed to take away the evening chill.
Double doors open out on to a small, shaded verandah for guests to relax during the heat of the day. All rooms have views over the waterhole in front of camp.
One double bedroom safari tent. This tent serves as the honeymoon tent and has a bath tub as well as indoor and outdoor showers in the ensuite bathroom.
One two-bedroom tent sharing a bathroom.
Five twin bedroom safari tents.
Little Makalolo does accept children, however, it is important to bear in mind that apart from guided safari activities, specific activities for children are not offered. It is also important to bear in mind that this is an unfenced camp in a big game area, as such, children should be supervised at all times by their parents.
The camp offers a complimentary laundry service with a 24-hour turn around.
There is no mobile phone reception or internet access in camp, however, the manager does have a satellite phone which is available in the case of an emergency.
Early morning and afternoon game drives are offered in one of the camp's two converted land rovers. Evening game drives focus on the nocturnal species with game viewing aided by the use of a spotlight. Professional guides can take guests out from camp on foot to experience walking safaris throughout this big game environment. There is also a log hide in front of camp overlooking the watering hole which offers fantastic opportunities to view and photograph animals as they come down to drink.
Location & Directions
Hwange National Park, Zimbabwe
Little Makalolo is set on a private concession: The Linkwasha Wilderness area, in the heart of Hwange National Park in north-eastern Zimbabwe.
When to go
From mid May through to early August the days are warm and clear but the night time temperatures can drop below freezing. September through to May is generally hot in the day and warm at night, Hwange sees rain from late November to April.
The best time for game viewing is from August to early November, water is scarce, the bush has died back and game congregates around the pumped waterholes. Birdlife is prolific during the rainy season, and although the game has dispersed due to readily available surface water, this is still a great time to experience Hwange as the National Park hums with life.