Just because you are in Africa, it doesn't mean you always have to stay in rustic accommodation! After a few days in the bush, perhaps even in a tent, it is very nice to treat oneself occasionally and enjoy the advantages of civilization before returning to the bush or boarding the plane home. It can also be very pleasant to acclimatise in a luxurious environment at the beginning of the trip, before heading out on safari!
On the following pages you will find a collection of 4 and 5 star hotels and lodges that, each in their own way, have a special ambience and offer unobtrusive luxury.
A five-star hotel in the midst of Zimbabwe's vibrant capital city, Harare. Enjoy upmarket colonial furnishing and decor paired with all the modern comforts.
A luxurious lodge in the midst of the Matobo Hills with swimming pool, Spa and further optional activities on offer.
Chilo Gorge Safari Lodge is situated high up on the steep bank of the Save River with breathtaking views of the river and the beautiful, rugged landscape of Gonarezhou National Park on the far bank of the river. It is not rare to be able to watch hippos, crocodiles and elephant herds from the veranda of your room. All rooms are luxuriously appointed with en-suite bathrooms, tea and coffee facilities and a private veranda.
Guided game drives at Chilo start off with an adventure right at the beginning! At low water you ford the Save River in a 4x4 vehicle. When water levels are high, you cross the river by boat and then board your 4x4 game drive vehicle.
Hornbill Lodge offers uniquely built, spacious rooms of stone and thatch with en-suite bathrooms. All rooms have a private veranda and are open to the garden and the lake. The views of the Lake are gorgeous!
Nehimba is located close to the border between Main Camp and Sinamatella areas in the midst of Hwange National Park on a private concession area. The lodge is in an ideal position to show guests around the different natural habitats of the park. All rooms have en suite WC and shower, showers are outdoors, mosquito nets, electricity, all the rooms have a view of the waterhole.
Leopard Rock has a spectacular location with views of the golf course and Burma Valley on the one side and views of a dense, primaeval forest on the other side of the building. All rooms are furnished and decorated in the style of a French chateau. Adjoining the hotel there is a small game park and a challenging 18-hole golf course designed by Peter Matkovich.
Bomani Tented Lodge is situated in the Ngamo Forest Area near the Park's Ngamo Entrance Gate. The generously proportioned tented suites offer views of the surrounding bush and some have direct views of the lodge's waterpoint. In the dry season, the camp's waterhole offers the only source of water in the area and thus attracts a multitude of wildlife. All tents have ceiling fans, en-suite WC and shower and their own veranda.
Little Makalolo is situated on a huge private concession in the heart of Hwange National Park with its own waterhole that teems with elephants and other African wildlife during the dry season. The tents are luxuriously appointed, each with its own en-suite bathroom. The main building is airy and open, from everywhere you have a view of the waterhole. A small swimming pool is available for refreshment in the hot time of year.
Deep inland in the heart of Mana Pools National Park, in one of the least developed areas of this nature reserve that is also UNESCO World Heritage Site, you will find Kanga Camp. The six spacious and luxuriously appointed tents are grouped around the only water source for miles around. Every guest has a view of the waterhole, Kanga Pan, and its visitors from the veranda of their tent or even from the generously dimensioned “open air” bathroom.
It is not possible to overnight closer to the famous Victoria Falls, than at Ilala Lodge Hotel! The lodge is ideally situated both for a visit to the Falls, and for a stroll into the centre of Victoria Falls.
Camp Hwange is situated in Hwange National Park on a private concession area. It is located on the border between the different vegetation zones of the park. A little further to the north you will find the Mopane forests of the Sinamatella-area, at the same time the camp has access to the teak forests of the south. You should calculate approximately 3 hour’s drive from Victoria Falls this includes 2 hours within the park. All rooms have en-suite WC and shower, the showers are heated with solar power, solar energy also provides the light for the room.
"A boutique hotel in the heart of Harare". The rooms and suites are situated well apart with plenty of private space in the midst of spacious, lush gardens with many rare cycads. All rooms and suites are decorated and furnished in the style of a different African country.
Elephant’s Eye, Hwange is located on a private concession (6000 ac), a mere 13 km away from the entrance to Hwange National Park. The Lodge presents an unforgettable experience with African wildlife in an intimate and welcoming setting. All rooms have en-suite bathrooms, outdoor showers, mosquito netting and spacious wooden decks overlooking the waterhole. The lodge features a natural eco-swimming pool, Wi-Fi at the main camp, bar, boma, viewing deck, electricity, solar power, waterhole right in front of the lodge, spa, sleep-out deck and room safes.
This newly renovated four-star hotel is located a few kilometres outside the town of Victoria Falls on the banks of the Zambezi. Warthogs and hippos regluarly wander across the lawn.
Khulu Bush Camp lies on a large private concession on the border of Hwange National Park. All suites are built with thatched roofs and canvas walls to minimize the impact on the environment. They are all spacious, have en-suite bathrooms with indoor and outdoor showers and their own, private deck with views of a waterhole and the wilderness. Each Suite is equipped with a Nespresso-machine and a minibar. By the main building, there is a small pool which is gladly accepted for afternoon drinks by the elephants.