I cannot say enough about Little Mak. Wilderness Safaris has done a wonderful job of trying to preserve a "classic" style safari here. The camp is small, only 5 tents maximum 10 guests. But we were the only ones for 2 days. Food was excellent, which surprised us considering the difficulty in obtaining many staples in the country. Charles the manager was fabulous and one of the best guides we have ever encountered. The wildlife here is outstanding. There was recently a reintroduction of rhinos to the area and we were priveledgesd to have 2 sightings during our stay here. The guides here are not just safari guides, they teach you about the life and habits of the wide variety of life found here, at times you feel as though you are with a Nat'l Geo researcher, they themselves are still fascinated by their "studying" the wildlife even after many years as guides. The tents are simple yet beautifully appointed and attention has been given to provide guests with all necesary comforts, albeit the camp lacks electricity (which we loved)...don't bother with modern conveniences like hair dryers... Charles' idea is to put you in the back of a vehicle and take off at high speed... if you need that kind of modern living go to a different camp... seriously this camp is for the serious safari enthusiast, not prima donnas. The main gathering area is very quaint (retaining an old english feel) and there are ample reference books for the guests. Your view from both your porch and the main area is of the waterhole, which has constant activity. In fact the hide (a bunch of logs at the water hole) was one of our favorite spots during siesta time... talk about up close and personal with the ellies! We had some incredible sightings during our stay, including an albino baby elephant, a very large blind older male elephant (he looked as though he had developed cataracts, but he felt his every step with his trunk, it was fascinating), a mating pair of lions as well as the 3 bachelors in the area. We would awaken during the night to the sound of the ellies lightly stepping all around out tent, and find evidence they had been there all night when we would awaken in the early hours to head out on our game drives. This place was wonderful, and we hope to return once the situation within the country stablizes. We truly loved the staff and the location... one of the TOPS in our books!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Charming and intimate, Little Makalolo's location in the south-east of Hwange lends it a sense of seclusion and remoteness. Nestled into the treeline, the camp overlooks a productive waterhole that draws large numbers of wildlife, observed up close from the log-pile hide. Elephant, buffalo, giraffe and zebra are regular visitors, while special sightings include sable, roan and eland. The area is best explored on game drives and guided walks, with special extras like an unexpected pizza or a night spent under the stars on the Madison Pan star-bed platform. • 6 tents (1 family) • game drives • nature walks • Madison Pan star-bed • log-pile hide • village visits ... more less
- Also Known As:
- Little Makalolo Safari Camp Hotel Hwange National Park