Camelthorn Lodge is nestled into a beautiful forest adjacent to Hwange National Park’s famous Ngamo Plains. The lodge is unique in style and design and has a particularly meaningful story behind it—built for and by the community whose land it calls home. An ancient Camelthorn tree, the property’s namesake, is the centerpiece with the main lodge and eight beautiful villas flowing around it. Enjoy al fresco dining, sip 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. A spectacular wilderness experience—this flagship lodge is the perfect homebase for an immersive safari experience.
Connecting People and Nature
The natural beauty and diverse wildlife of Hwange National Park attracts visitors who are eager to enjoy and ensure it is protected well into the future.
Proud guardians, the local community support conservation bringing sustainable livelihoods and critical social services like healthcare, education, and clean water.
Just by enjoying an Imvelo safari, every traveler helps finance conservation and community initiatives and provides ‘boots on the ground’ support in ensuring safe havens for wildlife.
Imvelo Safari Lodges knows that engaging and empowering local communities bordering national parks is the first and most important step in conservation. To that end, we have an exhaustive list of thoughtful, innovative, and impactful programs in place to achieve our goals—many of which you can choose to be an active part of!
WHY HWANGE NATIONAL PARK?
- With 14 651 square kilometers of wilderness to explore, Hwange National Park is bigger than the Serengeti National Park.
- For Hwange’s impressive size, the per annum visitor numbers are small in contrast to the density of travelers to parks such as the Serengeti, Masai Mara, and Kruger—it is likely you will spend most of your safari without seeing other vehicles except those from the lodge you are staying at—an exclusive experience indeed!
- Hwange National Park is easy to reach from Victoria Falls by air in a private charter or a combination of road and the unique Elephant Express railcar transfer.
- Hwange is home to approximately 46 000 elephants, compared with Masai Mara at 3 700, Kruger at 13 750 and Serengeti at 2 100. In the dry season in Hwange, it is likely you will see elephants numbering in the hundreds congregating at waterpoints. Amazingly there are more elephants than guests visiting Hwange National Park in a year!
- Hwange National Park offers exceptional game viewing year-round and is one of the best parks in Africa for diversity of wildlife. Within Zimbabwean parks, the largest species diversity and populations of sable, cheetah, wild dog, and lion.
- Hwange’s Professional Guides serve apprenticeships lasting between 5 and 10 years and their skills are recognized as among the best in Africa.