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Bomani Tented Lodge
Great value, Authentic African Safari Camp in the remote south eastern boundary of Hwange National Park on its own private game concession
Bomani Tented Lodge is situated on a 5000 acre private wildlife reserve within the Ngamo Forest Area on the remote and unspoilt south eastern boundary of the Hwange National Park.
There are no fences, simply a railway line that separates the private reserve from the Hwange National Park, therefore game roams freely between the two. Game drives and walks are conducted on both the private reserve and within the National park. To enter the National park is a short 15 minute drive through the private game reserve which is a game drive in itself.
This particular area of Hwange has beautiful open plains synonymous with scenes of Africa and herds of animals roaming freely across the open savannah. Camelthorn and teak tree forests surround the open plains. Several pans dotted around these open plains attract vast herds of elephant along with all the other species including lion, giraffe, buffalo, wildebeest, zebra, sable and many more.
Bomani Tented Lodge's central thatched area which encompasses the bar, dining area and lounge overlooks its own waterhole only meters away. Often while guests are eating or relaxing game will come down to drink. The plunge pool located between the central building and the waterhole is perfect for the sweltering months, in between your Bomani activities.
Bomani Tented Lodge has 10 tented rooms and 1 stone and thatched bungalow (The Royal suite). Four of the tents (the “Spurwing suites”) are the latest additions to the camp and are larger and slightly more luxurious than the other five tents (the “Saddlebill lodges”). The Spurwing suites are built on concrete slabs at ground level and overlook the Bomani pan, their bathrooms are tiled and the furnishings are more luxurious. The Saddlebill rooms are built on wooden platforms raised 5ft above the ground giving them a commanding view across the open plains; they have a more rustic feel which appeals to some guests on safari. All tents have electricity and have bathrooms en-suite.
The policy at Bomani Tented Lodge is not to have rigid schedules but prefer to tailor make the day’s game viewing activities to suit their guests. The guides will chat to guests around dinner or the evening camp fire and find out exactly what and how much you want to do. If you prefer to have a lie in and relax in your room or on your veranda then that’s okay.
Activities at Bomani Tented Lodge include, game walks with a fully licensed professional guide, game drives around the private reserve or into the national park, night drives around the private reserve. Sitting in a sunken hide at “Stoffie’s Pan” where you are eyes are at ground level and the waterhole is only meters away. Elephant come down to drink there every day and if you are lucky enough to be there at this time it’s an unforgettable experience and the highlight of many a guest. Visits to a nearby village and school giving an insight into the lives of the local community. Bomani is actively involved in community projects aimed at uplifting and empowering the local community.
Since March 1st 2019, horse-riding safaris are now offered at Bomani and Camelthorn, although not included in the inclusive rates. Daily horse rides for beginners to experts incorporate bush experiences and even cultural activities:
• Beginner Bush Experience - approximately 1 hour for beginners and novice riders
These horse safaris have provided jobs for some members of the local community, and through the cultural ride, guests actively contribute further to the betterment of the local villages.
Bomani Tented Lodge is remote which can be considered an attraction in itself being far away from hordes of tourist. It is the furthest Hwange lodge from Victoria Falls, which means that flying in by private charter is the preferable option, but does add to the cost, however the lodge rate is so reasonable that paying for the charter is possible. If driving in then be prepared for a 2.5-hour journey on tar from Vic Falls to halfway house and then a 90-minute drive on dirt road to camp. It’s not bad just be aware of this. Once you get there I think you will agree that the journey is worth it. Bomani’s setting is classic Africa with a waterhole directly in front of the Lodge. On our last visit, elephants came down to drink every evening and during the day a procession of game frequented the pan going about their daily business. Lion had been seen around the camp a few days before.
Being on a private concession means that no other vehicles, apart from Bomani’s have access to the concession. This also allows for them to do night drives. It has to be said that although there is plenty of game on the private concession it is not as prolific as that of national park even though there are no fences, but such close access to the park gives you the best of both worlds. The south eastern part of the park is so remote that only vehicles from the Wilderness Lodges will ever be seen down there.
The guides at Bomani Tented Lodge are first class and go out of their way to tailor make activities to suit your preferences. So instead of just doing a game drive they might take a picnic brunch out which you can then enjoy at one of the pans, all depends on the game movements at the particular time you are there.
Bomani Tented Lodge is the most reasonably priced camp without compromise on the quality of the safari experience. Maybe the food is not quite as good here but the game experience certainly is.
We highly recommend Bomani Tented Lodge for a great African Safari, knowledgeable game guides, a wonderful camp location and a bit of community awareness as well. They have sister lodges in Victoria Falls (Zambezi Sands and Gorges Lodge) and are therefore able to offer great value packages which is another big advantage.
The time of year vastly impacts the Safari experience and what you will see. Please contact us for advice and details.
• Safari style luxury tents some at ground level, some raised on platforms
Accommodation at Bomani Tented Lodge
• 10 tents
All rooms have:
• Private 5000 acre reserve means no other vehicles
• Distance by road transfer
• 3 meals are provided and local beverages, inclusive of the rate
Facilities and Services
• Plunge pool
Fully Inclusive Rates Include
• Horseback safaris
• Up to 2 children may share a suite with an adult
How to Get to Bomani Tented Lodge
• You can take a 1hour small plane charter from Victoria Falls Airport to the airstrip (with prior arrangement)