Hwange National Park, Zimbabwe
At a Glance
On the edge of the Ngamo Plain, a spectacular wilderness
Incredible year-round game viewing across Hwange National Park
All camp staff are from the local area and the camp directly supports community projects
Game drives in the day and at night, walking safaris, waterhole hides for photography, conservation and community projects
The flagship lodge of Imvelo Safaris in Hwange National Park
An incredible lodge for groups travelling together or anyone who wants to be able to gather around the fire in the evening exchanging stories
Take the scenic route to camp on the Elephant Express open sided tram along the railway.
Best time to Visit
Good time to visit
Average time to visit
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.
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Camelthorn is Imvelo Safaris' flagship lodge in Hwange National Park. Set in the remote and unspoilt south eastern section of the park. With just eight rooms Camelthorn offers an authentic and exclusive safari experience.
A huge Camelthorn tree stands as the centrepiece of the lodge and gives it its name. It's a beautiful location on the edge of the Ngamo Plain with the wild south eastern corner of Hwange National Park waiting to be explored.
The main lodge is a large stone structure with a thatch roof. It is built around the great Camelthorn which provides shade during the hot Hwange days. Off this central structure is a dining room with large fireplaces, perfect for the chilly Hwange winter nights. To the other side is an open bar and lounge area, a raised deck is the perfect place to view wildlife in front of camp.
There are just eight en-suite stone villas. Each has a spacious bedroom and sitting area with sliding doors leading out on to a deck. The outdoor area has comfortable hammocks, perfect for a siesta.
Hwange is the largest national park in Zimbabwe. Guests explore the area with their safari guide in a number of different ways. Mornings are great for exploring on foot as the temperature is cooler, game drives head out in the mornings, afternoons and at night. The underground blind offers fantastic photographic opportunities. Besides this there are opportunities to understand Hwange and this area of Zimbabwe in greater depth. The lodge operates waterholes for the wildlife in this typically arid area, join your guide on a maintenance run. Also take the opportunity to visit some of the local communities to see more of how the area is benefiting through tourism and the safari industry.
8 luxury forest villas with en-suite bathrooms, overlooking the woodland. Each villa has a fireplace, ceiling fan, stocked minibar, coffee and tea tray, hair dryer, an electronic safe, a private deck, terrace with hammock and daybed. Complimentary daily laundry service is also provided.
Photographic hide, wifi in the bar area
Game drives and tracking, all day 'pump runs', night drives, local community visits.
Game Drives in Hwange National Park
Head out with your highly experienced professional safari guide in a converted 4x4 game-viewing vehicle. Game drives are a great way to cover lots of ground when out on safari, enjoy a very interactive experience and introduction to the area.
Zimbabwe is one of the best places in Africa to experience walking in the bush. The guides are of the highest quality, the game is fantastic and the different environments, throughout the country, are well suited for exploring on foot.
Location & directions
Hwange National Park, Zimbabwe
Camelthorn is set in the woodland on the southern edge of the Ngamo Plains in Zimbabwe's Hwange National Park.
How to get there
Fly regionally between Johannesburg and Victoria Falls or Bulawayo. Use this as a base to either drive to Hwange, approximately 3 hours to the park entrance, or alternatively fly directly into Camelthorn's airstrip.
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