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“Unforgettable” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Wilderness Safaris Makalolo Plains Camp

Wilderness Safaris Makalolo Plains Camp
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Hwange National Park, Hwange National Park, Zimbabwe   |  
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Glendale, California
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“Unforgettable”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 18, 2013

A wonderful camp where you can see lots of animals coming and going to the waterhole directly in front of the dining hall. The tents are comfortable with electricity, bathroom with hot water, even an outdoor shower for added fun. The staff are friendly and helpful, the guides are excellent, getting to within feet of lions and other animals. The most memorable event was watching two adult and a baby elephant come to drink from the deck pool.

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  • Stayed September 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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  • Location
    5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    5 of 5 stars
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Houston, Texas
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27 hotel reviews
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91 helpful votes 91 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 13, 2013

We stayed here as part of an Overseas Adventure Trip and loved it. It was our final camp and each one kept getting better.

The rooms were great and well maintained. Plenty of light and hot water.

The real benefit of a good camp is the staff which was superb from the cleaners, to the chefs, and especially the guides who had great knowledge of the surroundings and found all of the animals, vegetables and minerals we were looking for.

Food was outstanding and way too plentiful. It seemed like you didn't go two hours without a meal, snack, drink, sundowner, or other excuse to imbibe. Nothing like a hot cup of coffee when it is chilly in the morning on the drive and a cold beer in the hot afternoon. All included, of course.

  • Stayed August 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Tucson, AZ
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 4, 2011

Every place we stayed had good food, fine accommodations and super guides, but this one had added touches of steps for the jeep climb and sherry on return. Most interesting wildlife we saw. Try to avoid late October early Nov. heat spells. It was over 100 f every day.

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  • Stayed November 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 4, 2011

Makalolo Plains Camp was the best by far of the four wilderness safari camps we stayed in. It was comfortable, pleasant, very well run, and the food was excellent. The only downer was the wine.

The tour guides were great and we saw a fair number of animals, including lions and the elusive white rhinos.

Room Tip: Ask for a room near the main lodge.
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  • Stayed June 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 13, 2010

This review may not be relevant as I stayed here before 2007 (I had to enter a year and 2007 was the earliest), however I can still remember this place so clearly and long to return one day. I felt I had to write a review of this place as it really is magical. From the moment we flew over the landing strip to clear the zebra we did not stop seeing lots and lots of animals. The game viewing we had was spectacular. The people looked after us so well and the rooms were as good as any 5 star hotel even though they were tented! The food was fantastic as was the setting, due to it being so remote, the only other jeeps we saw were from Little Makalolo (it's little sister camp)

Sundowners were fantastic, with the drinks cabinet and nibbles being taken out when a good spot was found on the afternoon drives.

Oh I really just loved everything about this place and could not fault it one bit. I can't wait to one day go back.

  • Stayed August 2007, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 5, 2009

Our family recently returned from an idyllic stay at Makalolo Plains. We were 20 in all, ranging in age from 3 to 80 years! It was the second safari camp stay of our trip, and while we thoroughly enjoyed our first camp in South Africa, Makalolo was a truly unique experience. The staff, including Amon, Dickson, Laurence and Rania, ensured that each and every one of our group was comfortable and felt welcome. It is very hard to pinpoint one highlight of the trip, as everything, from the tents to the game drives to the chats around the fire after dinner, proved unique and memorable. The location is truly stunning, as you are able to sit on your private deck or on the common deck area and watch a wide array of wildlife go by......elephant, wildebeest, baboon, waterbok, impala and zebra, to name just a few. The game drives were memorable and chock-full of wildlife. One of the most extraordinary moments was a sundowner enjoyed under a stunning African sunset, shared with a herd of 35 elephants enjoying their evening drink and wallow.......Our most sincere thanks to Amon and the team at Makalolo. We have left Africa but thanks to you, Africa will never leave us.

  • Liked — The tents were spacious and comfortable and the outdoor shower was fantastic!
  • Stayed December 2008, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed December 12, 2008

This was a real disappointment compared to Somalisa.
The food was average at best and the game viewing limited.

  • Stayed September 2007, traveled as a couple
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
    • 3 of 5 stars Business service (e.g., internet access)
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Additional Information about Wilderness Safaris Makalolo Plains Camp

Address: Hwange National Park, Hwange National Park, Zimbabwe
Location: Zimbabwe > Matabeleland North Province > Hwange National Park
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beverage Selection Restaurant
Hotel Style:
Ranked #12 of 16 Specialty Lodging in Hwange National Park
Number of rooms: 10
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Surrounded by the parched, flat grasslands of Hwange, Makalolo Plains Camp is an attraction for thousands of elephant and buffalo and even lion and hyaena. Makalolo boasts one of the few water sources in the area, and therefore a procession of wildlife is a daily event during the dry season. You will enjoy panoramic views of this waterhole from the raised and spacious main area which comprises a lounge, pub, plunge pool and dining area where delicious meals are served. Consisting of ten large comfortable rooms your accommodation has en-suite facilities as well as an outdoor shower for you to immerse yourself in while enjoying the African skies. ... more   less 

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