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African elephant, Hwange National Park, ZimbabwePlains zebra, Busanga Plains, Kafue National Park, ZambiaHippopotamus, Mana Pools, ZimbabweSouthwest African lionesses, Kafue National Park, ZambiaLechwe, Busanga Plains, Kafue National Park, ZambiaLion, Busanga Plains, Kafue National Park, ZambiaLittle Makalolo, Hwange National Park, ZimbabweCape buffalo, Hwange National Park, ZimbabweAfrican elephant, Ruckomechi Camp, ZimbabweRuckomechi Camp, Zambezi River, ZimbabweAfrican elephant, Mana Pools National Park, Zimbabwe
Dana Allen: Elephant line-up, Zebra, Hippo, Young lions, Lechwe at Sunrise, Buffalo,Tent Interior, Sunset at Ruckomechi 
Caroline Culbert: Vehicle with lions
Mike Meyers: Little Makalolo main area
Olwen Evans: Sipping from the pool at Ruckomechi
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Home Africa Hidden Jewels of Zimbabwe & Zambia Accommodations

Hidden Jewels of Zimbabwe & Zambia

A Rare Treasure for Safari Aficionados—Discover Some of Africa’s Richest Wildlife Enclaves!

Busanga Bush Camp

Busanga Bush Camp lies in the heart of the Busanga Plains, a vast mosaic of expansive grassy seasonal floodplains that extends to the horizon. The camp, hidden in a...


Busanga Bush Camp

Location
Kafue National Park

Busanga Bush Camp lies in the heart of the Busanga Plains, a vast mosaic of expansive grassy seasonal floodplains that extends to the horizon. The camp, hidden in a tree-island of sycamore figs, can accommodate eight guests in four large, well-appointed Meru-style canvas tents. Each tent has two queen-size beds and an en-suite bathroom with flush toilet and hot showers. The lounge and bar area is under canvas with an uninterrupted view over the plains; breakfast is often served here to take in the panorama of herds of lechwe and puku feeding. A little farther back lies the dining area, shaded by the canopy of a majestic tree from which an unusual lantern chandelier hangs, providing romantic lighting for dinner. Most meals are served in the open air.

Thanks to the mist rising off the floodplains as they dry up in winter, guests can experience incredible pink sunrises and sunsets, while the floodplains and dambos (open, grassy clearings) teem with wildlife and birds. By June, these grasslands attract great herds of zebra and blue wildebeest, as well as puku, red lechwe and buffalo, all of which are pursued by predators, most notably lion, though we also see cheetah and wild dog. The plains around the camp provide some of the best lion viewing in Africa, and guests sometimes observe them climbing trees. A special treat in the region is the resident herd of roan antelope. For those interested in birding, the park boasts nearly 500 species, including endemics such as Chaplin's Barbet. During the wet season, when the marshes are lush and swampy, flocks of cranes, herons and other waders show up in great numbers.

Activities include game drives, night drives in search of nocturnal wildlife, walking safaris, and birdwatching.

Image 1 & 3 © Dana Allen, Image 2 © Caroline Culbert

Little Makalolo

Little Makalolo overlooks a vibrant waterhole in the heart of Hwange National Park. The camp's six luxurious rooms have en suite facilities with both indoor and outdoor showers...

Little Makalolo

Location
Hwange National Park, Zimbabwe

Little Makalolo overlooks a vibrant waterhole in the heart of Hwange National Park. The camp's six luxurious rooms have en suite facilities with both indoor and outdoor showers. Solar power provides electricity, to ensure a lighter environmental footprint. The living areas include a dining room, lounge, plunge pool and an open fire area for convivial evening storytelling. There is a log pile 'tree house' hide overlooking the waterhole where guests can enjoy wildlife viewing during the siesta hours.

Activities center on game drives in open 4x4 Land Rovers and guided nature walks throughout the Makalolo concession. The area's large number of waterholes attracts game in both quantity and variety, especially in the winter months when Hwange is home to a Noah's Ark parade of animals as they come down to quench their thirst. Makalolo is one of the best areas for seeing impressive herds of buffalo and elephant as well as apex predators such as lion, leopard, wild dog and cheetah. Other general game is also abundant in the park. Bird life in the area is also prolific (more than 400 species have been identified), with species that frequent teak woodlands as well as those more typical of the drier Kalahari.

Ruckomechi Camp

On the edge of Mana Pools National Park, Ruckomechi Camp enjoys a magnificent view of the Zambezi River, floodplains and Great Rift Valley mountains. The camp is perfectly positioned for...

Ruckomechi Camp

Location
Mana Pools National Park, Zimbabwe

On the edge of Mana Pools National Park, Ruckomechi Camp enjoys a magnificent view of the Zambezi River, floodplains and Great Rift Valley mountains. The camp is perfectly positioned for phenomenal wildlife viewing at the nexus of a wide variety of habitats—open floodplains, mopane woodland and riverine forest, home to a diverse collection of game. Ten luxurious tents are shaded by a large grove of acacia and mahogany trees and each enjoys a private vista from both the bed and shower—hippos, elephants and other wildlife are often in view. Tents are furnished in opulent safari style with leather chairs, writing desks, heavy linens and en suite bathrooms with copper wash basins and both indoor and outdoor showers. Stone is featured prominently in the decor, and cobblestone walls divide the interior spaces. One of the highlights of the camp is its outdoor claw-footed “tub with a view” in a secluded, scenic spot for languid soaking. Common areas include a central dining tent, bar, library and lounge with comfortable sofas and oriental rugs. All face the escarpment and offer prime wildlife viewing. A deck with an infinity pool beckons during siesta time, while a cushion-strewn stargazing deck offers a delightful evening gathering area beneath the night sky.

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