A secluded and intimate tented camp deep in a private concession of Zimbabwe’s Hwange National Park, Little Makalolo offers superb game viewing and genuine hospitality. One of Wilderness Safari’s Classic camps it provides plenty of luxury without losing its authentic appeal, and its setting overlooking a vibrant waterhole frequented by elephants, buffalo and leopard is second to none. The log-pile hide allows great photographic opportunities and there’s a sparkling swimming pool for afternoon relaxation. Hwange is known for its elephants but also has an incredibly diverse population of more than 100 species of mammals and prolific bird life in an uncrowded pristine environment.
Just six spacious canvas and wood tents are set wide apart for privacy linked by teak walkways to the main area. King size or twin beds are beautifully made up in crisp linen and soft pillows and look out over the shady private verandah to the plains and waterhole. A wooden writing desk is placed at one corner and a day bed at the other to make the most of views of buffalo and elephant passing by. The large ensuite bathroom has both inside and outdoor showers, twin copper vanities, flush toilet and plenty of hot water ,and lighting is solar powered throughout. In the main area, safari chic takes the form of big leather sofas and comfortable outdoor wicker couches, providing a selection of areas to relax and chat. Or sit around the camp fire with a glass of wine before an elegant and sumptuous dinner.
Although guests see a plethora of game at the camp waterhole there is so much more to be discovered on the morning and evening game drives with the knowledgeable guides. While you’re unlikely to see all the Big Five (the park’s rhino are only rarely sighted), lions, leopard, elephants and buffalo are frequently seen, as are the roan and sable antelope. Early morning guided walking safaris get up close to nature and there is prolific bird life to be seen. Guests can visit the local community and school or just relax at camp and drink in the peace and tranquillity of this unspoilt corner of Africa.
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