Camelthorn Lodge

8 forest villas: 82 m sq flat roof with stone walls. Outdoor maisonette with hammocks – ideal for a siesta or a night ‘under the stars’. Accessed via a spiral stairway. Large bedroom and lounge area with large sliding glass doors and overhead fans and fireplace. Room configuration – one king bed or twin double beds. En-suite bathroom with bath in front of a picture window, shower, basin and toilet. 

The main lodge is a magnificent stone structure with thatch roof built in an open U around the lodge’s splendid namesake – The Camelthorn Tree. The Western wing is a closed in dining room protected from the elements with 3 fireplaces. The central portion of the main lodge is an open fronted reception area and lounge. The Eastern wing has open fronted bar and lounge area on a raised teak deck. Within the U lies an open patio area under The Camelthorn, ideal for enjoying leisurely brunches and candlelit dinners under the stars on warm evenings. Electricity by generator. Cell phone reception.

The Camp

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Hwange National Park & Activities

Hwange National park at 14,500 sq km, is one of Africa’s great Parks and is home to over 100 species of mammals, including 19 large herbivore and eight large carnivore species, and nearly 400 species of birds. Hwange is elephant country and much of the game viewing relates to magnificent opportunities to view these, the largest land mammals, in a completely wild state. The lodge estate lies within the Tsholotsho Communal area and is directly linked with local communities to make this a true eco-tourism lodge.

GAME DRIVES

  • Traditional open safari vehicles driven by licensed experienced guides.
  • Morning game drives with tea, coffee and biscuits and afternoon drives with drinks and cooked snacks.
  • Land cruisers seat up to 9 guests and Land Rovers seat up to 7 guests.

GAME WALKS

  • Conducted by a fully licensed and highly experienced professional guide.
  • Usually undertaken in the mornings
  • Ideal for photography of big game on foot

UNDERGROUND BLIND

  • A feature of Camelthorn is the 6m long underground blind with en-suite flush toilet.
  • Strategically positioned in the shade of a Leadwood tree, disguised as an antheap and aligned to take advantage of both the sunsets and the evening light at elephant toe level - this blind will have novices taking National Geographic pictures!

NIGHT DRIVES

  • Night drives within the lodge estate to view the array of wildlife particularly nocturnal creatures is very popular.
  • Usually undertaken upon return from the afternoon activity or alternatively after supper, particularly when lion are heard calling nearby.

PUMP RUNS

  • Imvelo Safari Lodges operates 8 waterholes for the wildlife within this area of the park, the furthest of which is 55 km into the Park.
  • A popular activity is to take an all day trip into the park to visit the waterholes and drop fuel and oil for the motors, and rations and supplies for the pump attendants.
  • A picnic lunch is then enjoyed near one of the waterholes before taking an afternoon game drive back to the lodge.

SCHOOL TOURS AND VILLAGE VISITS

  • Within the neighbouring villages of Tsholotsho 15 minutes drive from the lodge, our guests have the opportunity to enjoy a real life look at village life in rural Matabeleland. A fascinating experience of a variety of typical daily village activities is followed by a tour of one of the nearby schools conducted by the Headmaster where guests are given the opportunity to hear traditional songs sung by the children and enjoy a ‘class interaction’ 

Accommodation

Activities

Camelthorn lodge is nestled in a patch of pristine woodland just west of Ngamo on the edge of the south eastern corner of Hwange National Park. The lodge is unique in its style and design and has as its centre piece a huge ancient Camelthorn tree. On the edge of the Ngamo Plain, and strategically placed to explore the remote and unspoilt south eastern portion of the park, Camelthorn offers a spectacular wilderness experience.