we had a great three days at Lil Mak. We had Bully as our first guide, then three trips with Elius....the guides were fantastic and the game obliged. We saw just about everything imaginable......Oryx and calf (Hwange is the very edge of their range - or guide was very happy to see the pair - only the second such sighting all year)....in addition to the 'normal' game, we also saw an Ardwolf, civets, genets, a black backed jackal.....Sable, Elan, Rhone, Kudu.....even the birds were incredibly cooperative......cheetah on a kudu kill....elephants chasing off a lion pride at a water hole....eagles (fish, tawney, batalure)....ostrich.....giraffe....wildebeest.....and the list continues.....we got back late on our first morning drive because there was just so much game to watch - base camp was calling for us!
it was hot. the tents were very nice. our tents bird bath was incredibly busy and fun to watch during the siestas.....I had to refill it repeatedly during the day.....we had an elephant right outside our tent at night.....we could open our screen doors during siestas and just watch the action at the water hole and it was like we never stopped the game drive.
the blind (hide) at the water hole is also very cool. elephants are plentiful in the park - along with baboons and other game and someone is almost always getting a drink!
the only small frustration was the charging station - the power strip was old and worn out and adapters were very sensitive to being connected/disconnected! the strip was only active when the generator was running - so windows of opportunity to get camera batteries recharged we finite and any mistakes could be costly. Fortunately we had brought more than enough spare batteries to last the stay without a charge.
The food and accommodations were excellent. The staff was very knowledgeable and friendly. we made some good friends with other guests that were making similar trip arrangements.
we took a couple of thousand pictures at Lil Mak - and, although we will probably end up at other destinations in Africa on future trips - we wouldn't hesitate to go back if given the opportunity....we had just a fantastic experience.
ps; we didn't need all those clothes that are recommended for safaris.....a couple pair of shorts and tshirts would have been plenty with the free laundry services offered. the guides were wearing tevas.....i wore high tech clothing and the laundry service handled it fine.......
- Also Known As:
- Little Makalolo Safari Camp Hotel Hwange National Park
- Little Makalolo Safari Camp Hotel
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Little Makalolo Camp lies in one of Hwange National Park's best wildlife viewing areas. It offers privacy for guests who enjoy small camps and a sense of remoteness. The area is ecologically diverse, ensuring great numbers of animals year-round. The camp's six spacious en-suite tents, with both indoor and outdoor showers, are nestled in the tree line, with solar power for hot water and lighting ensuring a lighter footprint. A false mopane tree in the centre of the camp shades a separate dining and living area. During siesta hours, guests can enjoy up-close and outstanding wildlife viewing at the log pile hide that overlooks the waterhole in front of camp. Activities centre on game drives in open 4x4 Land Rovers and guided walks. The area's large number of waterholes attracts game in both quantity and variety. This is especially true in winter when water sources become scarce and Wilderness Safaris takes responsibility for pumping 22 of Hwange's boreholes in the Concession to sustain its wildlife. ... more less