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Hwange Bush Camp

A semi-permanent tented camp in the heart of Hwange National Park offering a genuine Safari Experience, second to none

Guided bush walks in Hwange Cozy camp fires Evening in the open lounge Delicious fire cooked meals Beautiful tented rooms

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Hwange Bush Camp is a small and personal, semi-permanent tented safari camp, nestled under a canopy of Mopani trees deep in the heart of the African bush. Located in the north-western region of Hwange National Park close to the beautiful and very prolific Deteema pan, the camp is setup for only 6 months of the year from May through to November.

Although Hwange Bush Camp doesn't have its own private concession, this area of the park, for some extraordinary reason currently has no other commercial safari camps, making it a hidden gem and giving guests a feeling of total seclusion. The camp has access to this whole vast area where the terrain is undulating, rugged, rocky and mostly heavily wooded but with some open savannahs as well. A generous amount of natural springs are dotted throughout the area which are a magnet to all forms of wildlife. Several pumped pans also attract copious amounts of elephant and huge herds of buffalo along with many other species and their pursuing predators.

Catering for a maximum of 12 guests, the 6 Meru style tents are comfortably fitted with large en-suite bathrooms that contain a hot bucket shower, flush toilet and basin. Two additional large tents form the central area of the camp where guests will dine together or meet for pre-activity tea, coffee and scones. Tastefully decorated these central areas add to the overall charm and character of Hwange Bush Camp.

The camps focus is to deliver an exceptional safari experience, through not only its great location and the authentic camp atmosphere but mainly through the experience, passion and knowledge of the professional guides. Walking is the preferred activity at Hwange Bush Camp as it enables you, if the conditions are right, to approach game undetected as well as find animals by tracking, with the help of expert trackers.

Walking will, however, often be combined with game drives and sitting at several of the waterholes waiting for game to come to you. Activities are totally tailored to your requirements, interests and levels of fitness, you can be out all day if you wish or relax in the comfort of your own tent.

An amazing chef and bush kitchen serves up the most outstanding food on open fires which left me feeling embarrassed of my comparative incompetence in a modern kitchen. They even made me a birthday cake – on an open fire!

Days are finished off around an engrossing camp fire where stories and memories are shared along with a few drinks.

The company of Kazuma Trails, owned and run by professional guide Dave Carson and his wife Antonette have been running similar mobile safaris through Hwange and Botswana for many years. This camp is an extension of that operation but with the benefit of being more permanent, allowing for a few more luxuries, like electricity. This product is ideally coupled with a few nights at Camp Hwange, their sister permanent camp or their mobile safaris in Botswana.

Our Opinion

Hwange Bush Camp is an outstanding product that we are delighted to be able to offer. A genuine, authentic safari experience is guaranteed if experienced in the months of late July, August, September and October. The simplicity, yet ample comfort of this bush camp offers guests just the right ambiance and at a price more affordable than some of the luxury lodges. Ideally suited to the more seasoned safari goer but even for first timers who are interested in really getting to know and experience the African bush rather than just ticking species off a checklist, the Hwange Bush Camp will be right for you.

The professional guides Spike, Dave and Andy along with their phenomenal tracker Felix are all at the top of their game and you will without doubt leave with unforgettable memories, a lot more knowledge and a longing to return.


The varying seasons in Hwange will have a huge impact on your wallet and Safari experience.

The Green season (rainy season) will see incredible bird and insect life but reduced animal sightings. However lodge prices in most cases are dramatically reduced offering really good value.

The High season (dry season) is when animals congregate in vast numbers around the waterholes and National Geographic type scenes are commonplace. This is peak season and lodge prices escalate substantially.

Please feel free to contact us with details of your preferences and allow us the opportunity to discuss which time of year is going to suit you best.

**NB** Hwange Lodges in the peak season get over booked, it is advisable to plan and book well in advance to ensure you get what you want.

• Semi-permanent tented safari camp open between May and November
• Located in the remote north west of Hwange National park
• Although not on a private concession, its remote location with no other commercial camps offers complete seclusion
• En-suite, comfortable Meru-style tents catering for a maximum of 12 guests
• Camps focus is on an exceptional safari experience, with highly experienced professional guides
• Walking is the preferred activity but is combined with drives and waterhole sits
• Amazing food cooked up in a simple bush kitchen
• Best combined with sister camp and or their other mobile safaris

PRICE before special offers
Approximate price per person sharing per night

US$ 485  April to June & November
US$ 607  July to October

Accommodation at Hwange Bush Camp

• Six Meru-style tents
• Twin or king beds

All rooms have:
• Large gauze windows
• Standing fan
• En-suite flush toilet, bucket shower and hand basin
• Storage space
• Outside seating
• Lanterns and solar lighting


• Located in a remote section of the park giving guests a feeling of total solitude
• Simple tented bush camp exudes an authentic safari experience from a bygone era
• Phenomenal game viewing area between July and October
• Some of the best professional guides in the industry
• Walking safaris
• Lower price than a permanent safari camp
• Can be combined with some of their sister products


• Difficult to think of any
• But possibly no off-road driving, however you can approach on foot and also night drives are limited.


Meals cooked on wood-burning stove and served around the campfire, in the dining area under the main tent or bush dinner under the stars.

Facilities and Services

• The main living area includes a dining, bar and lounge area with an open air fire pit with incredible views of the stars
• Inverters in the game drive vehicles for charging of cameras and electrical items
• Charging station in the dining area that works when the generator is on to charge camera and electrical items
• Laundry Service
• Electricity via solar and backup generator
• Private vehicle available on prior arrangement
• Hwange Bush Camp is seasonal and is open from 1st May – 31st November
• Game drives
• Guided walks
• Pan sits

Fully Inclusive Rates Include

• Accommodation
• All meals and local alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages
• Laundry
• Game viewing activities
• Emergency Medical Evacuation

Fully Inclusive Rates Exclude

• Premium and imported beverages, and champagne (can be arranged on request at the guest’s added expense)
• Access transfers
• National Park fees and conservation fees per person per night
• Gratuities
• Items of a personal nature


• Hwange Bush Camp welcomes children 12 years old and above, who should be under adult supervision at all times
• A third bed can be added in a tent for children under 14
• The age limit for children on a walking safari is 12 years and above, however, this will be at the discretion of the Pro guide in camp

How to Get to Hwange Bush Camp

Transfers can be arranged to the camp from within and outside Hwange. Contact us for more information.

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