Little Makalolo Camp
Hwange National Park, Zimbabwe
Hwange National Park, Zimbabwe
HWANGE NATIONAL PARK, ZIMBABWE
Little Makalolo Camp lies in the heart of Hwange National Park, in one of its best game viewing areas in Zimbabwe, overlooking a vibrant waterhole with excellent concentrations of wildlife. It 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 very abundant in the Park.
Located on the border with Botswana, Hwange National Park is a haven for one of the densest concentrations of game in Africa. With over 100 mammal species the diversity is incredible; mongoose, baboon, leopard, lion, giraffe, hippo and zebra. Antelope and White rhino are often seen. There is a rich birdlife with over 400 species frequenting teak woodlands.
Activities at Little Makalolo Camp centre on open 4x4 Land Rover game drives 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 literally home to a Noah's Ark parade of animals as they come down to quench their thirst.
Little Makalolo Camp HWANGE NATIONAL PARK, ZIMBABWE
Stay Little Makalolo Camp is a Classic Safari Lodge with six luxury tents, set on the ground with wooden doors, fans and veranda with a view. En-suite bathrooms have inside and outside shower have solar power for hot water and lighting ensuring a lighter ecological footprint. Toiletries and accessory kit, insect repellents spray/cream, mosquito coil, rechargeable torch, umbrella and robes are supplied.
The Camp The main area of the Little Makalolo Camp includes a dining room, lounge, plunge pool and an open fire area for those convivial evening fireside tales. There is a log pile hide overlooking the much-frequented waterhole in front of camp where guests can enjoy wildlife viewing during the siesta hours.
ChildCare Children are welcome to stay at Little Makalolo Camp but there are no specific facilities available. Some activities offered by the camp may have age restrictions. There is one family tent which comprises of two adjoining rooms which share a communal bathroom that sleeps 4 comfortably.
Safari Daily routine at Little Makalolo Camp includes early morning and afternoon game drives in one of the camp's two converted land rovers. Brunch/lunch is in the bush and then an option to rest or sit at one of the waterholes in vehicle to view midday drinking animals. 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 Hwange park is also home to a varied bird community. Typical drier Kalahari birds include Kalahari Scrub-Robin, Cut-throat Finch, Swallow-tailed Bee-eater, Black-cheeked Waxbill and Southern Pied Babbler. The Zambezi teak and false mopane woodlands are home to other birding specials like Arnott's Chat, Bradfield's Hornbill and Racket-tailed Roller. Bat Hawk and African Hobby (summer only) are good finds here, which are sometimes seen at dusk hunting bats and swifts.
Location Little Makalolo Camp is situated on the private Linkwasha Concession in the south-eastern section of Hwange National Park.
Getting There The Little Makalolo 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.