I was picked up at Victoria Falls and we drove to the Hwange park entrance - about 2 hours drive. At the park, I transferred to a safari vehicle and was given a sack lunch. On the way to Davison's Camp, the ride was bumpy and we saw plenty of wildlife - the usual suspects including the rare white rhinos! my guides were equally excited to see the rhinos, that was a good start of a good safari!! My guides, Honest and Sean took every opportunity to stop for a photo shot, for an education on elephant's dung, to get the best views of the wildlife and to point out the birds and their names. Took us about 3 hours to get to camp.
Reaching camp, we were greeted by Sarah and ........... face towels - yep! each time we get back to camp, moist blue face towels awaits! There are 9 tents with one main lodge where we met for breakfasts (5.30 am), lunches (1 pm), afternoon teas (3 pm) and dinners (7pm). The main lodge faces a pan, and it holds the dinning and lounge areas. Make sure you check out the nearby bathroom, what a view =)
Tents are far apart from each other and guests had to be escorted to the tents after dark by a guide (armed with a flashlight and loaded rifle). Bring your own personal flashlight. The night skies are also amazing!!! The tents are really nice with comfortable beds and plenty of reading materials - no TV, no phone, no electronic devices, no internet, no wifii and no heater. Bring warm clothes for winter nights. For emergency, there is a emergency horn which thankfully i did not use. Good hot water and water pressure. Complimentary toiletries that are biodegradable. Electricity is run by generator, so it shuts down at about 10 pm every night and in the afternoons, and it starts up at about 4.45 am every morning. I had to plan my battery charging accordingly. Once the generator shuts down at night, you can hear the wildlife, incredible! If you are a light sleeper, bring ear plugs.
There are 2 safaris scheduled per day - morning safaris starts at 6 am with an option of driving or walking/driving safari. The afternoon safari starts at 3.30 am. Free time is 1-3 pm. There are tea breaks during the safari drive and bathroom is at your own risk in the wild. Food is so good and I ate well. Meals are eaten with some of the staff and with other guests, and service is impeccable!
I went during winter so trying to spot some wildlife was a challenge due to the long grass. But THANKS to my guides, staff and manager (Chris), i saw 4 out of the big fives (no leopard), and 3 out of the small fives, and managed gained a couple of pounds. what a safari experience and service!!!! WOW!!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Set under a shady grove of ancient false mopane trees, Davison's Camp overlooks grassy plains and a shallow pan that entices a steady stream of plains game and elephant herds in their hundreds, especially in the water-scarce winter months. Named after Ted Davison, the first warden of the Park who devoted 30 years of his life to it, Davison's offers the quintessential Hwange experience combining excellent wildlife viewing with the opportunity to visit a local village and participate in community projects. • 9 tents (1 family) • game drives • nature walks • village visits • viewing platforms ... more less
- Also Known As:
- Davison`s Camp Hotel Hwange National Park