Little Makalolo Camp

Hwange, Zimbabwe

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Little Makalolo Camp

Little Makalolo lies in one of Hwange National Park’s best wildlife viewing areas. It offers privacy for guests who enjoy small camps and a sense of remoteness. The area is ecologically diverse, ensuring great numbers of animals year-round.

UNLEASH IT: AT LITTLE MAKALOLO, WITH PANORAMIC VIEWS OVER THE FLOODPLAINS.
 

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.
  • The minimum age for walking activities is 13 years.
  • The Camp has a 220v generator with solar-powered electricity in the tents which power the lights and fans.
  • All drinks are included in the nightly tariff, except for imported premium brands.

The Review

Little Makalolo Camp lies in the heart of Hwange National Park, in one of its best game viewing areas, 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.

Stay
The camp’s six spacious en-suite tents, with both indoor and outdoor showers, are nestled in the tree line, with solar power for hot water and lighting ensuring a lighter ecological footprint. The living areas include 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.

Wildlife
Located on the border with Botswana, Hwange National Park – one of the largest game reserves in Zimbabwe – is a haven for one of the densest concentrations of game in Africa. In particular, its great herds of Cape buffalo and elephants are a sight to see. Hwange has some of the highest mammal diversity for any national park in the world. With over 100 species the diversity is incredible: mongoose, jackal, monkey, baboon, leopard, lion, southern giraffe, hippo, springhare, zebra. Antelope is often seen while White rhino is another special sight to see here.

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

Experience
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.

Getting There

Little Makalolo 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.
 

 
Little Makalolo Camp Hwange, Zimbabwe

Little Makololo Camp


Rating                         Classic Camp
Type                           Safari Lodge
No of rooms                 6
Max Occupants            12 guests (14 if family rooms are booked)
Interests                      Wildlife, Nature, Birding
Location                      Hwange National Park


Standard Room
There are five standard tents which are made up of four twin bedded tents and one double bedded tent.

Family Room
There is one family tent which comprises of two adjoining rooms which share a communal bathroom (sleeps 4 comfortably).

Tent details
Luxury tents are set on the ground with wooden doors, fans and veranda with a view. En-suite bathrooms have inside and outside shower. Shampoos, body shower gel, body lotion, guest soap, sunscreen, room spray, shower cap, accessory kit, insect repellents spray/cream, mosquito coil, rechargeable torch, umbrella and robes are supplied.

Camp Description
There are two tents in the main living area one houses the dining room and the other the lounge and bar. There is a plunge pool, a waterhole and “log pile” hide in front of camp.

Electricity & Water
Camp has a 220v generator. Solar-powered electricity in the tents which power the lights and fans.
Video batteries can be charged at the charging station in the camp’s main area. Arrangements can be made for power connections for sleep apnoea machines. Water for showers is heated by solar power.

Activities
Game drives in 1 x 7 and 1 x 9-seater Land Rovers (wind-resistant ponchos are provided during winter months) and walking safaris
Log-pile hide in front of the camp
Evening drives with 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.
    For families travelling with children between 6 and 12 years, private activities need to be booked and paid for.
    Children between 6 and 16 years must share with an adult/s in the same room.
    The minimum age for walking activities is 13 years.

Other Policies
    All drinks are included in the nightly tariff, except for imported champagne and wine (which must be
    ordered prior to arrival) and hard-to-obtain drinks such as Bourbon etc.
    Daily service, weather permitting, included in the nightly tariff.
    Curios must be paid on purchase. 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

Little Makalolo 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 20 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.