CAMELTHORN LODGE - living under the acacias


Activities at Camelthorn

Camelthorn is nestled in the cool woodlands on the southern edge of Ngamo’s famous Plains. Here, you will be treated to a truly memorable safari experience, in pure comfort and style. Enjoy al fresco dining under our ancient camelthorn tree, savour your morning coffee in front of a roaring fire, track herds of elephant by foot, and enjoy close up photography from inside our look-up blind. This flagship lodge ticks all the boxes for your authentic African safari experience.


Quick facts about Camelthorn:


- 1 hour small plane charter from Victoria Falls or Bulawayo


- 4 hour road transfer from Victoria Falls or Bulawayo


- 2 hour road transfer from Victoria Falls to Dete and then a 2.5 hour rail car transfer from Dete Railway Station.


- Camelthorn is situated in one of Hwange’s last remaining well-protected and un-spoilt acacia woodlands, on the edge of the South Eastern corner of Hwange National Park


- The main lodge is unique in its style and design and has as its centre piece a huge ancient Camelthorn tree that spans a 35-metre outdoor dining area


- Accommodation: 8 luxuriously furnished forest villas that are cool in the hot months and warm and cosy in the cold months.


- Each villa has a private en-suite bathroom with a bath and feature window overlooking the woodland, large shower, closed off toilet, fireplace, a private ground level deck, upstairs outdoor maisonette with hammock and day bed and electricity by diesel/solar generator.


- The woodlands surrounding our forest villas is dotted with small water baths that attract some of the smaller and less destructive woodland creatures - bushbuck, mongoose, squirrels and an abundance of interesting and colourful birdlife


- Less than a kilometre away from the lodge and inside Hwange National Park, we have built an underground hide in front of a beautifully located waterhole - elephants can be photographed from toe level silhouetted against the sky at a distance of 25 feet. Such close proximity to Hwange's giants is truly breathtaking!


- Our friendly and knowledgeable guides will take you on walks or drives inside this truly wild and remote region of Hwange National Park, famous for its giants, the elephants, as well as a plethora of different wildlife


- Other activities include all day ‘pump runs’, night drives and school and village visits


Room amenities:

- Ceiling fans

- Fire place

- Stocked minibar facility

- Coffee and tea tray

- Hair dryer

- Mosquito net and repellent

- Emergency whistles

- Electronic safes

- Mobile LED lamp

- Robes

- Free daily laundry

Download the Camelthorn  Lodge Fact Sheet


Photos will never give Camelthorn's location or ambience the justice it truly deserves so we decided to really bring it to life through film - welcome to Camelthorn Lodge!

Birding at Ngamo

Wildlife Seasons

Hwange National Park

Camelthorn gallery

Camelthorn Lodge Virtual Tour

How to find Camelthorn



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