Hwange National Park, Zimbabwe
At a Glance
With the property perched on the edge of the Nehimba Pan, you’re perfectly located to spot elephants taking a dip first thing.
4 hours’ drive from Victoria Falls, most of it through Hwange National Park, the journey itself is a safari, with the reward of the spectacular falls at the end!
One of the best lodges for walking safaris if you like to get out and about, as well as safaris by 4x4.
It’s not all about mammals, there are over 400 species of birds in the reserve, so make sure to bring your binoculars!
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The best time to visit Nehimba is during Zimbabwe's dry season, running from June to October, elephants converge at the watering holes, resulting in excellent elephant sightings. During these months there are generally bright skies and hardly any rain fall, with temperatures ranging from 25 degrees in the day and as low as 6 degrees in the evening and early morning. Just after the rains have come, usually from December to March, the bush will be particularly thick and game will be much harder to see.
To start planning your vacation to Nehimba Lodge
Located within a private concession in the northern region of Hwange National Park is Nehimba Lodge. Famed for its huge populations of elephant, guests can expect an incredibly close-up experience of these gentle giants from the comfort of camp.
Situated in the northwest corner of the country, Hwange National Park is the largest park in Zimbabwe. Perhaps the most famous for its enormous populations of elephant, reaching the tens of thousands, Hwange also boasts more than 400 species of birds and healthy numbers of giraffe, hippo, buffalo and zebra amongst others. Nehimba Lodge sits at the edge of mopane woodland and Kalahari sandveld in Hwange and overlooks a magnificent pan which elephant frequent, particularly in the dry season. One fascinating feature of Nehimba is when elephants and other animals dig for water in the earth to form natural seeps in the ground, just as the San people once did.
Nehimba comprises nine luxury thatched tents, including one Honeymoon Suite and two Family Suites, each with a private balcony, en-suite facilities, an outdoor shower and hot and cold water. Tents are spacious with plenty of African charm, offering an authentic and comfortable stay. The main areas of camp all overlook Nehimba Pan, making excellent game viewing from the comfort of camp – you could spend an afternoon or evening relaxing on deck as elephants come up to drink and cool down.
Aside from enjoying elephant sightings from camp, Nehimba offers day and night game drives with an experienced guide; this is an excellent way to explore the area, and to see animals at night when they may be a bit more active. You could also head out on foot and experience a whole different side to the park, where sights, sounds and smells will be much more pronounced.
Victoria Falls & Hwange National Park
from $4000 pp 10 nights
- Float down the Zambezi River and watch a herd of jovial elephants congregate at the water, overlooked by towering palm trees.
- Each camp on this customized itinerary is a hive of wildlife activity as they are positioned close to waterholes.
- Admire Victoria Falls from multiple viewpoints as you meander through the paths and forests surrounding this natural wonder.
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Hwange National Park, Zimbabwe
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