Hwange National Park, Zimbabwe
Hwange National Park, Zimbabwe
HWANGE NATIONAL PARK, ZIMBABWE
Davison’s Camp is situated in a remote north-eastern corner of Hwange National Park. Named after the founder of Hwange National Park and its first warden, Ted Davison, the camp overlooks an extremely productive waterhole that attracts a variety of plains game and predators. Eight twin-bedded tents and one family unit, overlook the plains, along with a main area comprising a lounge and dining room, and offer the quintessential Hwange experience.
Game viewing is productive year-round in the Linkwasha Concession near the Davison's Camp. Wildlife in the region include lion, large herds of elephant, buffalo, leopard and white rhino. In summer, wildebeest, zebra and eland are found in abundance, while in winter the waterholes are magnets around which elephant in enormous numbers congregate to drink. There is rich birdlife with over 400 species frequenting the teak woodlands as well as of the drier Kalahari.
Activities in the Davison's Camp include game drives in open 4x4 vehicles, or guided walks in the early mornings and evenings, while during the siesta hours, guests can view game from their tent verandas, as thirsty wildlife comes down to the waterhole to drink.
Davison's Camp HWANGE NATIONAL PARK, ZIMBABWE
Stay Davison's Camp is a Classic Safari Lodge with 8 luxurious tents. Luxury tents are set on the ground with wooden doors and ceiling fans. All have en-suite bathrooms. Toiletries and accessory kit, insect repellent spray/cream, mosquito coil, rechargeable torch, umbrella and robes are supplied. The tent veranda overlooks an extremely productive waterhole that attracts a variety of plains game and predators.
The Camp The main area at the Davison's Camp comprises a dining room on one side and a lounge and bar on the other. There is a plunge pool with fantastic views of waterhole in front of camp. There is also has a log hide in front of camp overlooking the watering hole which offers fantastic opportunities to view and photograph animals as they come down to drink.
ChildCare Children of 6 years and older are welcome to stay at the Davison's Camp but there are no specific facilities available. There is one family unit in the camp that sleep four. Some activities offered by the camp may have age restrictions.
Safari Daily routine at the Davison's Camp begins with early morning and afternoon game drives in one of the camp's converted land rovers. Brunch/lunch is in the bush and there is an option to rest or sit at one of the waterholes in vehicle to view animals who come there to drink during the day. Afternoon tea followed by game drive with drinks and snacks. Evening game drives focus on the nocturnal species with game viewing aided by the use of a spotlight.
Experience The area surrounding Davison’s Camp and the Hwange National Park are home to a varied bird community. Typical drier Kalahari birds include Kori Bustard, Crimson-breasted Shrike, Kalahari Scrub-Robin, Scaly-feathered Finch and Red-eyed Bulbul. Bat Hawk and African Hobby (summer only) are good finds here, which are sometimes seen at dusk hunting bats and swifts.
Location Davisons Camp is situated on the private Linkwasha Concession in the south-eastern section of Hwange National Park.
Getting There The Davisons Camp can be reached by air from Harare airport in 2 hours 10 minutes, from Kariba airport in 1 hour 40 minutes and Victoria Falls airport in 1 hour. It is also connected with Hwange airport (20 minutes) and Mana West airstrip (2 hrs). Approximate travelling time from Victoria Falls to Davison's Camp is a minimum of 4.5 hours, and from Bulawayo about 4 hours. If travelling by road, please ask us for instructions on how to get there.
When to go In Zimbabwe, the African summer rains start in December and lasts until April/May by which time the region has a verdant setting. Starting June, the weather is more pleasant with clear and warm days and cool evenings requiring warm clothing at night. This is also the 'peak season' that lasts until August when game sightings are great. In September and October, the temperatures begin to rise again. The rift valley and Mana Pools can get very hot but the heat brings wildlife seeking for water around limited sources make game viewing interesting. November is unpredictable.