Bomani Tented Camp is found in the remote south eastern corner of Hwange National Park. As well as having access to the main park, Bomani also has its own 5000 acre private reserve where you can enjoy your exclusive safari experience.
The main lodge looks over the Bomani pan, it is a great place to relax and soak up the sights and sounds of nature. The thatch roof and open sides keep things cool during hot days. For chilly evenings a fireplace is lit in the main area with nearby comfy seating. This is where you will also find the dining area and a well-stocked bar. A wooden deck stretches along the front of the building and leads to the firepit, a great spot for an early breakfast bite before a game drive or for that after dinner drink.
The Bomani camp consists of ten tents and one thatched bungalow. Five of the tents are situated on high wooden platforms with the rest located at ground level, these are the Spurwing suites which overlook the waterhole. Adjacent to the Spurwing suites is the Sable Suite, a double tent for famlies. Each tent has electricity and an en-suite bathroom with hot running water, fan, safe. The tents are stylishly furnished and comfortable. There’s a comfy seating area a writing desk and large wooden beds with crisp white linens. African prints and bright coloured throws add colourful finishing touches.
There are various activities on offer at the camp including game walks and drives around the Bomani pans to visiting the local villages and schools, providing an insight into the daily life of the local people. Game drives take place both on the private concession and in Hwange National Park. There are no fences, allowing the game to wander freely. The most common game to spot are the huge herds elephants, lions, giraffes, buffalos, wildebeest, zebra and sable. Taking part in a pump run, spending the day visiting the 15 boreholes on the borders of the park is a popular activity that takes all day, why not enjoy a picnic lunch near one of the waterholes before taking a gentle gamedrive back to camp?
Bomani takes it's social responsibility seriously together with a strong commitment to conservation. The lodge supports several schools in the local area as well as running a mobile dental clinic each year. The camp has also drilled and installed over 25 new wells for surrounding villages, ensuring they have access to clean water, something we take for granted.
Open: Bomani Tented Lodge is closed in January and February.
Location: The lodge is located on its own private 5,000 acre reserve in the south eastern corner of Hwange National Park. It is a four to five hour road transfer from Victoria Falls. You can also travel from Victoria Falls to Bomani by road to Dete where you board the Elephant Express for the remainder of the journey.
Rooms: There are ten tented suites and one bungalow. All are en-suite with hot running water, fans and a safe. Each has a comfortable seating area and a writing desk and a small private deck. Some, including the bungalow, overlook the waterhole. Suites vary in size from 48 to 250sqm, the last with two en-suite bedrooms makes good family accommodation.
Activities: Day and night game drives are offered here (the night drives are in the private reserve). Guided walks are a good way to get up close and personal with nature too and learn about the 'little things'. Horse riding is a popular pasttime. Village visits can be arranged to give you an insight into the local culture. Picnic lunches out in the bush ensure you can maximise your time here. Also you can take part in a 'pump run' spending the day visiting the 15 essential water pumps that Imvelo maintains, delivering fuel, oil and supplies to the pump attendants. Watch wildlife up close from an underground blind.
Facilities: The main area of the lodge has a lounge, dining area and a well-stocked bar. The waterhole adjacent to the lodge is well visited by the local wildlife. There is a laundry service offered too.
Dining: Meals are served at a communal table. When possible meals are served on the deck, otherwise under cover in the dining area.
Children: Children aged seven and older are welcome at Bomani, it is not suitable for younger children. 4 children and 2 adults can be accommodated in the Sable Suite.
Health: This is a malarial area.
Communication: There is free Wi-Fi internet access at the lodge, though this can be slow at times. There is mobile phone reception.
Three contrasting highlights: the mighty Victoria Falls, photogenic Lake Kariba and diverse wildlife of Zimbabwe, are showcased in this holiday
Guests staying at Imvelo properties automatically contribute to their conservation and community initiatives of which there are many. From drilling boreholes providing villages with water through to raptor conservation and providing wildlife buffer zones to reduce wildlife/human conflict.