Davison’s Camp

Hwange, Zimbabwe

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Davison’s Camp

Davison's Camp lies deep in Hwange National Park, in the south-eastern Linkwasha Concession - one of the best game viewing areas of the entire Park.

UNLEASH IT: AT THE DAVISON'S, THE CAMP OVERLOOKS A WATERHOLE THAT ATTRACTS A VARIETY OF GAME.
 

We Love
  • The  Camp has supplied equipment for 18 of the 57 boreholes in the Park to pump water to sustain the wildlife in the area.  
  • The Camp also supports the National Park in combating the effects of poaching in the area.
  • Research on threatened species as well as lion and wild dog is supported by the Camp’s staff in the area, both in terms of logistical support of the research.
Need to Know
  • Children of 6 years and older are accommodated and partake in activities with all other guests.
  • The minimum age for walking activities is 13 years.
  • Rooms and main area are powered by 220v generator power during the day. Rooms are also fitted with rechargeable LED lights for lighting when generator is not running.
  • A well-stocked bar is kept with all the basic soft drinks, beers and spirits.

The Review

The Davison's Camp is a classic African tented camp, with the units tastefully hidden beneath a grove of false mopane trees, overlooking a waterhole where wildlife often congregates to drink.

Stay
Nestled under a grove of ancient false mopane trees, 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, along with a main area comprising a lounge and dining room, altogether offer the quintessential Hwange experience.

Wildlife
Game viewing is productive year-round in the Linkwasha Concession and wildlife frequently encountered here includes lion, large herds of elephant, buffalo, leopard, white rhino, spotted hyaena, southern giraffe, sable, blue wildebeest, impala, common waterbuck and reedbuck. There are a number of large, open plains areas which make for excellent game viewing; in summer, wildebeest, zebra and eland are found in abundance here, while in winter the waterholes are magnets around which elephant in enormous numbers congregate to drink.

Bird life in the area is prolific (400+) and varied, with species frequenting the teak woodlands as well as those typical of the drier Kalahari being present.

Experience
Game activities 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.

Getting There

Davisons Camp is situated on the private Linkwasha Concession in the south-eastern section of Hwange National Park. The 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.
 

 
Davison’s Camp Hwange, Zimbabwe

Davison’s Camp


Rating                        Classic Camp
Type                          Safari Lodge
No of rooms                8
Max Occupants            20 guests
Interests                     Wildlife, Nature, Birding
Location                     Hwange National Park


There are 9 tents in total consisting of:
    7 twin-bedded tents
    1 honeymoon tent (Double room) No outside shower or bathtub.
    1 family tent (sleeps 4 comfortably)

Note that conversions to doubles are not possible in all twin rooms.

Tent details
Luxury tents in Davisons Camp are set on the ground with wooden doors and ceiling fans. All have en-suite bathrooms. Shampoo, shower gel, body lotion, guest soap, sunscreen, room spray, shower cap, accessory kit, insect repellent spray/cream, mosquito coil, rechargeable torch, umbrella and robes are supplied. The tent veranda overlooks waterhole in front of camp.

Camp Description
The main area comprises a dining room on one side and a lounge and bar on the other. There is a plunge pool and fantastic views of waterhole in front of camp.

Electricity & Water
Rooms and main area are powered by 220v generator power during the day. Rooms are also fitted with rechargeable LED lights for lighting when generator is not running. Arrangements can be made for power connections for sleep apnoea machines. Water for showers is heated by electric geysers.

Activities
Game drives in 1 x 7 seater Land Rovers (5 window seats and 2 middle seats) and 1 x 9 seater Land Rover (7 window seats and 3 middle seats) (wind-resistant ponchos are provided during winter months).
Morning walking safaris
Evening drives with red filtered spotlight for nocturnal animals.

Suggested Daily Activity Schedule
Morning wakeup call is between 0500h and 0600h. Light breakfast followed by game drive / walk with drinks and snacks. 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. Dinner.

Seasons
    Low Season: 11 January 2013 to 14 June 2013 & 01 November 2013 to 10 January 2014
    High Season: 15 June 2013 to 31 October 2013


Policies

Child Policy
    Children of 6 years and older are accommodated and partake in activities with all other guests.
    Children up to 16 years must share with an adult/s in the same room.
    The minimum age for walking activities is 13 years.

Other Policies
    A well-stocked bar is kept with all the basic soft drinks, beers and spirits. Imported champagne, wine and hard-to-obtain drinks such as bourbon need to be ordered prior to arrival.
    Daily service, weather permitting, excluded in the nightly tariff.
    Curios must be paid for on departure. Payment can be effected by cash (US$) or Travellers Cheques.
    Please note that the camp has no facility for credit card payments.

Taxes and fees
    All taxes and fees imposed by the property, unless otherwise noted, will be added at the time of purchase on AwimAway.
    Guests are responsible for all incidental charges during their stay (e.g., room service, minibar, in-room movies, etc).
    A 10 percent per night service charge will be collected at the AwimAway checkout.

Additional Services
    Rates quoted for additional fees and services are subject to change due to currency conversion.
    Please indicate any requests for additional services to include, airport transfers or city tours in the ‘Tell us more’ field on the contact us page or call AwimAway.com on 0208 350 6199.

Check in & Check out
    Check in:          2:00 PM
    Check out:      12:00 PM
    Minimum stay:      1 night

 

 

Hwange National Park

Hwange National Park is the largest game reserve in Zimbabwe. Situated on the easternmost edge of the Kalahari Desert, its 1.4 million hectares of sandy soils support extensive stands of broad-leafed woodland that during the summer months, despite the low rainfall, are a profusion of green. Along with saltpans, acacia scrub and grasslands the Park supports an enormous abundance of wildlife.

Located on the border with Botswana, the Park was proclaimed some 7o years ago and has one of the densest concentrations of wildlife in Africa, in particular its herds of elephant and buffalo. There are a number of shallow pans spread throughout the Park, around which wildlife congregates, making for excellent game viewing.

The private Makalolo and Linkwasha concessions, situated in its south-eastern corner, are ecologically diverse, including vast open palm-fringed plains, grasslands, acacia woodlands and teak forests. This ensures large numbers of animals all year round — elephant, buffalo, sable, roan, giraffe, wildebeest, impala and even gemsbok. These are followed by their predators: lion, leopard, wild dog and cheetah, along with African wildcat, serval, honey badger, civet and spotted hyaena. Of avian interest are species like Dickinson's Kestrel, Bradfield's Hornbill and Arnott's Chat.

Birdlife
The park is also home to a varied bird community. Typical drier Kalahari birds include Kori Bustard, Crimson-breasted Shrike, Kalahari Scrub-Robin, Scaly-feathered Finch, Cut-throat Finch, Red-eyed Bulbul, 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.

The plains are alive with pipits, larks, coursers and wheatears like African Pipit, Dusky Lark (in summer), Temminck's Courser and Capped Wheatear. Raptors are plentiful including rare Red-necked Falcon, Dickinson's Kestrel, Martial Eagle, five vulture species and accipiters like Shikra and Gabar Goshawk. In the summer months the bird list is greatly increased by migratory species like Southern Carmine Bee-eaters, Black Kites, Broad-billed Rollers, various cuckoo species, Abdims Storks and European Bee-eater.

Gratuity Schedule
The following is the suggested gratuity schedule only and is subject to service standards:
Guides – £6.00 per person per day
General Camp Staff – £3.00 per person per day
Specialist Guides (if applicable) – £6.00 per person per day


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.

Visa
With a few exceptions, visas are required by nationals of all countries. They can be obtained at your point of entry. However, British and some European passport holders can purchase their visas at port of entry to Zimbabwe.

Health
You should be up to date on routine vaccinations while travelling to any destination. Some vaccines may also be required for travel. Check with your doctor (ideally, 4-6 weeks) before your trip to get vaccines or medicines you may need.


Getting There

Davisons Camp is situated on the private Linkwasha Concession in the south-eastern section of Hwange National Park. The 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.

The Linkwasha airstrip is located 40 minutes drive from camp. Located at an altitude of 3,300ft with hard dirt surface for all weather and is 1,000 metre long. It is a category 2 airstrip and can take King Air 90s (provided that they have high flotation landing gear), King Air 200s, PC12s, Cessna Caravans and Cessna 210s.
Airstrip coordinates: S 19.07.24, E027.12.05