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“Very disappointing”
Review of Antelope Park

Antelope Park
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Ranked #1 of 5 things to do in Gweru
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Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
Owner description: Known as one of Southern Africa’s “most intriguing destination”, and awarded The Green Trophy for the Environmental Award, First Runner Up Best Safari Camp Tented and Second Runner up in The Best Self Catering category at the 2013 AZTA Awards ( Association Of Zimbabwe Travel Agents.) We were also nominated for “Zimbabwe’s Private Leading Game Reserve” in the World Travel Awards.Antelope Park is home to the world famous African Lion and Environmental Research Trust (ALERT) lion rehabilitation programme, which is a multi-phase lion conservation initiative. It is Africa’s first genuine programme working to ethically re-introduce the offspring of captive-bred African lions back into the wild.The Park also welcomes guests and eco-tourists to its stunning campsite; a haven of tranquillity set in the African bush. Visitors can enjoy the relaxed environment as well as participate in the vast array of world-class activities offered at the Park, including lion walks, elephant rides and walks, game viewing, fishing, and many more. Antelope Park, home to Animal Planet’s popular wildlife series “Roaring with Pride”, with over 3 million viewers and airing in 33 different countries. Antelope Park have been the subject of a major UK TV wildlife documentary “LION COUNTRY” and the Park has also featured in a number of other wildlife shows including “Karina: Wild on Safari”. Our 14 part series called “Roaring with Pride” filmed at our park is still featuring on Animal Planet explaining in depth how our organisation is helping to save the future of the African Lion.
Useful Information: Bathroom facilities, Activities for older children
Reviewed January 22, 2011

I had read the reviews on here and was really looking forward to this part of our trip around Zimbabwe but was very disappointed. When we first arrived I was very impressed with the accommodation - we were staying in a river lodge which was lovely. The food was nice as well.

Some of the staff were very friendly - Primrose and Audrey in particular. We were shown all the activities that were on offer. Unfortunately EVERYTHING there to do had a price. Even to view a lion cub cost $20 US per person! We had gone to lion and cheetah park in Harare the week before and played with lion cubs for only $5US each!

I was a little unsure of what the lion breeding programme was for exactly. They have only released a handful of lions into the wild in the last 15 years or so. And as lions are not endangered (they are not breeding white lions) I was unsure of what the aim was really. There are many other animals that need breeding programmes - wild dogs and white rhino etc.

Another off putting part of the camp was the amount of 'volunteers'. The camp had about 15 volunteers helping out in the camp - these were generally US, UK and Australian people on a gap year. They had a large table in the dining room and were loud all through dinner. My husband and I struggled to hear each other through dinner. Also as soon as the drums signalled dinner the volunteers would race to the front of the queue and we would have to wait in a long queue for dinner.

We went during the rainy season and had a storm one of the nights we were there. I woke up in the night to feel rain coming through the roof right onto my head! Also the mosquito net above our double bed was for a single bed so we could not use it. When I explained all this to the lady on the desk I got a a half hearted sorry.

Date of experience: January 2011
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Reviewed July 12, 2010

My boyfriend and I travelled through Africa in March 2009 with a tour group. We stayed at Antelope Park for 2 nights and it was incredible! We were greeted, as our truck pulled in, with a warm welcome - the workers singing and dancing. There were a lot of activities to do including elephant swimming, lions cub viewing, walking with lions, horse riding and more. The staff were very helpful, knowledgable and very friendly! The accommodation was varied - we camped on the riverside which was beautiful. In the evening after meals we sat around the campfire singing and talking under the stars.
Would definately recommend Antelope Park to anyone travelling to Zimbabwe - where else could you walk with a lion and swim with an elephant!?

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Reviewed May 8, 2010

We stayed at Antelope Park for 4 days.... i took 4 Lion Walks, an Elephant Swim, Elephant Training, Lion feeding, Cub Viewing, and the Night Hunt... - everything i possibly could fit in within my time there. It was incredible, and i'd recommend it to anyone touring through Africa. The whole bill came out to $260 USD, i couldn't have asked for a better experience for that money. The breeding program shows a lot of promise, and i'm really hoping their release system of prides is successful. Night Hunt was terrifying and incredible, you follow 3 hungry male lions trying to make a kill. Part of the reason why i travel is because you'd NEVER be allowed to do something like this in the U.S. This was a fantastic African adventure.

There is no alcohol served at the park, and with good reason. All it takes is one drunk tourist to cross the bridge to the lions and the party would end quick.

2  Thank grafton77
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Reviewed November 10, 2009

I enjoyed my visit to Antelope Park tremendously. It was another great stop scheduled as part of a group tour. The most valuable asset of this facility is the staff. Pleasant, well-educated, warm and knowledgeable. Lots of team work evident.

The highlight of all activities for me was the walk with the lion cubs, very informational and immensely enjoyable. You can also ride and swim with the elephants (which appeared to be a little too rough on the video). Horse riding is available as is canoeing/boat riding on an idyllic lake.

I would definitely consider another visit if I were to return to Zim. Highly recommended.

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Date of experience: October 2018
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