Hwange National Park, Zimbabwe
At a Glance
Opened in May 2015, Linkwasha is the most luxurious camp in Hwange National Park
Hwange wildlife is exceptional: home to an huge elephant population, healthy buffalo herds and large lion prides. There's a remarkable variety of mammal and bird life
Fantastic year-round game viewing in the privately operated Linkwasha Concession
Linkwasha Camp is the jewel in the crown of the Wilderness Zimbabwe Collection
Enjoy the flexibility offered by a concessionary area, explore the bush on foot and through day and night game drives
The setting of Linkwasha Camp allows guest to enjoy panoramic views of the surrounding bush and water hold from the camp's deck
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Linkwasha is an all year-round destination: excellent winter viewing within the concession is complemented by the fantastic summer viewing on the nearby famed Ngamo Plains.
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Linkwasha Camp offers the most exclusive and luxurious safari option in the Hwange National Park. Excellent service, fantastic location, spectacular scenery and game viewing in abundance along with some of the best guiding to be found in Africa.
Linkwasha Camp is set in a spectacular part of the Hwange National Park with incredible wildlife viewing both in summer and winter. With easy access to the best parts of the park, including Ngama Plains, this is a superb camp for both walking safaris and game drives. The camp offers panoramic views from every aspect and you can relax with sundowners whilst watching the continuous parade of wildlife at the camp waterhole.
This open and airy camp blends in with the surroundings perfectly and has been built using sustainable and energy-efficient solutions. The camp sleeps 22 guests in seven twin/double tents and two family tents. The main communal area has multi-level decks ensuring wonderful views and the dining room, bar and lounge overlook the plains. There is a pool in the main area to enjoy cooling dips after game drives and during the winter there is a cosy winter lounge with a fireplace and small dining area as well as a library. For those wanting to enjoy romantic dinners alone there is also the option of private dining in several areas.
As well as game drives and walking safaris you can also visit the local village and learn about the traditional ways of life of the local community. Also the resident ecologist at the camp can teach you more about the area, its wildlife and how they help to conserve it. At night the more adventurous can enjoy a thrilling sleep out on the specially built sleep-out deck where you can doze off under the stars surrounded by the sights and sounds of Africa.
The camp has seven twin/double tents and 2 two bedroom family tents. In total the camp sleeps only 22 guests at any one time, keeping the experience exclusive and the concession free from vehicles.
Linkwasha does not accept children below the age of 6 unless the camp is taken on an exclusive use basis. Families with children below the age of 12 must book and pay for private activities over their stay at Linkwahsa Camp - family bookings will be subject to the availability of a private safari vehicle and guide. Child participation in all activities will be based on approval by the guide and manager - safety of all guests in camp is of course the priority. Families with children over the age of 12 do not need a private vehicle, but the camp requests than all children below the age of 17 should share their accommodation with an adult.
Although there are no specific child care facilities at Linkwahsa, Wilderness Safaris are one of the leading safari operators caring for families. Excellent guides and staff will tailor the experience to make an unforgettable safari for guests of all ages.
Wilderness Safaris boasts a portfolio of some of the top camps in Africa. Linkwasha joins the list close to the top, it takes the offering in Hwange National Park to another level. Zimbabwean guides are some of the best in Africa with a rigorous apprenticeship and examined qualification process, the guides at Linkwasha will blow you away with their knowledge and passion for their work.
There's a swimming pool, essential for those hot Summer months, and a cosy snug with a warm fireplace, great for the cold winter evenings. The waterhole in front of camp draws wildlife from across the area, many guests in the Hwange camps choose to spend an afternoon sitting on the deck watching the wildlife coming to drink - you'll see great herds of elephant, buffalo and often lion and hyena come to drink at dusk.
Meals are usually taken outside on the deck, if it is cooler there's a spacious dining area inside. The focus is on fresh and light meals in the warmer months and for lunch, with soups and warming seasonal dishes in the colder season. The pizza oven is a favourite for lunch.
The Linkwasha Private Concession gives visitors the opportunity to enjoy a more flexible and exclusive safari than if they were within the national park. WIthout the restrictions and regulations of the park guests are free to enjoy both day and night game drives as well as excellent walking safaris. Wildlife is the focus, but the history and significance of Hwange National Park is fascinating and well worth asking your guide more about. Linkwasha has always been a hub for research, Wilderness Safaris sponsor a number of researchers and you will have an opportunity to speak to them about the work they are doing in the area. Alongside the safari focussed activities, take time to visit one of the community programmes supported by Wilderness and Linkwasha to see first-hand the positive impact tourism has over the local area.
Sophie Levey (Staff)
Our first impression of Linkwasha came in the form of our guide, Richard, who was endearing, knowledgeable and immediately put us at ease. The camp itself has a modern feel, with huge, glass fronted tents and plenty of space, both inside and out, for relaxing with a book or soaking up the plentiful wildlife that visits the waterhole right in front.
Eliza Walker (Staff)
Linkwasha Camp has really managed to tick every single box there is in terms of luxury for a safari camp. The rooms are spacious and airy with a contemporary design and they all look out over the waterhole. The beds are absolutely enormous and on the chilly evenings you can snuggle up amongst the enormous pillows. The camp is all about providing the very best which it certainly achieves in terms of luxury, service and guiding. The Zimbabwean guides are the best in the business and their knowledge extends far beyond the wildlife and their local area.
Sarah Clegg (Staff)
There are so many positives to mention about Linkwasha that it is hard to know where to start. In many ways the camp is symbolic of the return of Zimbabwe's tourism industry. Five years ago you'd have been laughed out of the room for talking about opening a 'new' luxury tented camp in the country. Now, with the relative stability of the USD being used in the country, and the resurgent international tourist interest it makes sense. Hwange is a spectacular big-game safari area. Beautiful bush and a huge volume and variety of wildlife make it without doubt one of Southern Africa's premier safari areas. Linkwasha Camp is the most luxurious accommodation option in the area, and in one of the most prolific locations for wildlife.
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
Linkwasha is situated in the Hwange National Park, the largest national park in Zimbabwe and only a 3-hour drive from Victoria Falls.
How to get there
It is an 11-hour 30-minute international flight to OR Tambo International Airport, Johannesburg connecting to Victoria Falls. From there is a short flight to Linkwasha Airstrip and then approximately a 45-60 minutes road transfer to camp.
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