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“Remote Treasure” 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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Minneapolis, MN
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13 reviews 13 reviews
11 hotel reviews
Reviews in 11 cities Reviews in 11 cities
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
“Remote Treasure”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 5, 2014

Our fourth and final OATS tent camp did not disappoint. By now, we were seasoned Land Rover riders so settled in to the lengthy ride from the airport and gratefully donned much-needed rain ponchos. We were greeted to elevated walkways, magnificent views, lovely cabins, a stunning dining room and extremely competent staff. Too much food and too often? Maybe, but it was very tasty.

Our last sundowner was especially memorable as we watched an elephant herd at a watering hole with a one-week-old calf. Drama ensued when four hyenas stealthily lurked onto the scene and two matriarchs marched over to vehemently swat them away. Our guides knew how to provide a grand finale to an exceptional adventure!

Room Tip: Don't miss the Makalolo Shop for crafts designed and made by staff and their families. Try to s...
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  • Stayed November 2013, traveled with friends
    • 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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WildernessSafaris, Guest Relations Manager at Wilderness Safaris Makalolo Plains Camp, responded to this review, August 7, 2014
Dear Case_USA,

Thank you for your fantastic review.

This camp is predominantly used as an Explorations and OAT Camp and we are thrilled that you had such a great experience while there.

We will be sure to pass on your great comments to all the staff.
The Makalolo Team
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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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Newton Le Willows, United Kingdom
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40 reviews 40 reviews
27 hotel reviews
Reviews in 32 cities Reviews in 32 cities
33 helpful votes 33 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 14, 2013

An extra highlight of our 3-night stay was watching an elephant and her calf, after dusk, drinking from the camp's pool in which I had been swimming earlier that afternoon - magical! The camp was very clean, the staff superb and the food was good. We particularly liked the chalets being elevated from the ground, with walkways. The one let-down was the quality (or rather the lack of quality) of the wine that was served. The first glass was more than enough. Fortunately they also sold labelled bottles for US$15, which were at least drinkable. That said, the camp is highly recommended and the guides tremendous.

Room Tip: Number 5 was closest to the communal area.
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  • Stayed November 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Glendale, California
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22 hotel reviews
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23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
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.

Room Tip: Take advantage of the "walking safari" through the bush; also night game drives to see noc...
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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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Houston, Texas
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338 reviews 338 reviews
27 hotel reviews
Reviews in 71 cities Reviews in 71 cities
86 helpful votes 86 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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53 hotel reviews
Reviews in 92 cities Reviews in 92 cities
125 helpful votes 125 helpful votes
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.

Room Tip: Try for 6 or 7
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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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siem riep
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13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
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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34 reviews 34 reviews
17 hotel reviews
Reviews in 22 cities Reviews in 22 cities
40 helpful votes 40 helpful votes
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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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 #10 of 14 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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