• The main lodge at Camelthorn


  • Giraffes seen on a Camelthorn safari


  • Bedroom at Camelthorn Lodge


  • Camelthorn Lodge bathroom


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  • Get upclose with the wildlife at the underground blind.
  • Enjoy this more remote area of Hwange National Park.
  • Dine under the stars, and enjoy the romance.
  • Spend the afternoon relaxing on your private balcony.
  • See nocturnal animals on a night drive.

Set in one of Hwange's more remote corners of pristine wilderness, hidden amongst acacia woodland, you will find Camelthorn.  The lodge takes its name from the enormous camelthorn tree around which the camp is built.  The main building which extends around the tree in a U-shape is built from stone and thatch.  This sizeable main area boasts a reception area in the central part with a dining room on one side and an open fronted, comfortable lounge complete with bar on the other. There are also numerous fireplaces to keep any winter chill at bay and keep things nice and cosy. A sizeable deck area to the front leads to the outdoor  fire-pit for those after dinner liqueurs and chats. This deck also provides an ideal setting for alfresco meals and dinner under the stars. A massage at the pop-up spa run by a local lady is a great way to relax.

The unique villas are built four on each side of the main area. Each is accessed via large glass sliding doors on the private deck which lead through to the room. Double height ceilings give a feeling of space, there's a cosy fireplace, fan, mini-bar, lounge area and comfy beds.  The en-suite comes complete with shower, bath and double basins. The villas also feature an outdoor balcony which is accessed via a spiral stairway. The balcony has a hammock and a day bed, great for afternoon relaxation, but it's also the perfect setting for a private dinner or even a night sleeping beneath the starry African sky.  

You won't be bored at Camelthorn, there's plenty to do.  Game drives take place in Hwange morning and afternoon, this park is known for the huge numbers of elephants that roam the land, you will find the Big5 here and plenty more besides including over 400 species of birds.  It's possible to take night drives in the area surrounding the lodge, see the nocturnal animals come to life. If a walking safari is something you would like to try, this can be done here too, usually in the morning before the heat takes hold, and always under the expert eye of your guide. Horse riding is possible, too. For something different why not try a 'pump run' - this is where you drop off fuel and supplies to the pump attendants who look after the waterhole pumps day in day out, this can be combined with a picnic lunch. Camelthorn has an underground blind, this allows photographers the opportunity to get some rather unique and up close images of the wildlife. Visits to the local village and school are also offered and will provide a great insight into local life and a chance to interact with the local community. As we said, you won't be bored!

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The main lodge at Camelthorn

Enjoy this remote corner of Hwange surrounded by woodland and savannah.

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