Hwange National Park, Zimbabwe
Hidden in one of Hwange National Park’s last completely unspoilt and protected acacia woodlands, Camelthorn Lodge offers a warm and inviting ambience that beautifully blends comfort and luxury with back-to-nature vibes.
There are eight two-level forest villas all together, all with very charming and quirky architecture and offering a toasty fireplace, a large outdoor deck on the ground floor, and another deck upstairs with a hammock and daybed. The décor is stylish and sophisticated, offering a mix of modern luxury and rustic elegance.
We love that the U-shaped main lodge’s focal point is a gigantic ancient Camelthorn tree, spanning the 35-metre outdoor dining area that offers the perfect spot to enjoy a romantic meal under the stars. The verdant forest that surrounds the lodge and the kooky villas are adorned with small water baths, attracting gorgeous bushbuck, mongoose and colourful birdlife only metres away from where you choose to relax.
Our favourite part of this lodge has to be the underground hide that resides right by a watering hole. Venture down here and you’ll only be steps away from incredible elephant as they come to drink and graze, making for some amazing wildlife shots. The game drives, walking safaris and night drives offer brilliant photography opportunities, too.
Camelthorn Lodge even offers incredible horse riding activities - the first of its kind in southern Hwange. Choose from seven well-trained horses to take you through the luscious plains, offering a unique and exciting way to explore the African bush. There's nothing quite like the feeling of riding a horse in Zimbabwe - it's both exhilarating and tranquil, and brings you even closer to nature. The horse riding is an extra paid activity.
- All villas offer twin or double beds
- Full board food and drink
- Game drives in a 4x4 purpose built safari vehicle
- Night drives
- Walking safaris
- Wifi in main areas
- Underground hide
- Village visits
Open all year round, children over the age of seven are welcome.
This lodge can be booked as part of a tailor-made safari, with or without flights. Per person per night prices from £475 / €545 / $625