Zimbabwe is a beautiful country filled with lots of great attractions, great game viewing and breath-taking scenery (…especially if you are able to catch a sunset. Believe me; nothing comes close). There are so many wonderful places, but few have either been to Zimbabwe yet or have friends who can recommend a lodge, so we often rely on accommodation websites and review sites to tell us which one is best. As a safari company, we’ve tried and tested hundreds of lodges over the years and have succeeded in separating the wheat from the chaff. This is why we put together a list of ten lodges that you should consider for your next holiday to Zimbabwe.
Lodge at the Ancient City
If you’re looking for more than just a holiday, for a chance to venture into another culture and time; then let the Lodge at the Ancient City take you back to where Great African Warriors once ruled the Zimbabwean lands. Built within the unique style of the Great Zimbabwe Ruins, each room is decorated in tribal gear with colours evoking a true sense of African history. Located opposite the lodge on the other side of the valley of Msasa, lie the ancient ruins of the Great Zimbabwe. The lodge allows each guest to explore the ancient ruins along with guides and experts in ruins who help you to uncover the beginnings, architecture, trading routes, social, religious practices and the reasons for the regions decline. A mesmerizing experience!
Chilo Gorge Safari Lodge
Chilo Gorge Safari Lodge is a captivating wilderness retreat nestled within the pristine Gonarezhou National Park in Zimbabwe. This luxurious lodge offers an unrivaled safari experience, where guests can immerse themselves in the breathtaking beauty of the African bush. Surrounded by rugged cliffs and overlooking the picturesque Save River, Chilo Gorge Safari Lodge provides a tranquil oasis for nature enthusiasts and adventure seekers alike.
With its intimate accommodations, world-class service, and knowledgeable guides, guests have the opportunity to encounter the park’s diverse wildlife, including elephants, lions, and leopards, on thrilling game drives and guided walks. The lodge’s commitment to conservation and community engagement further enhances the experience, allowing visitors to connect with the rich cultural heritage of the region. Whether exploring the untamed wilderness or simply relaxing in the lap of luxury, Chilo Gorge Safari Lodge promises an unforgettable journey into the heart of Africa’s wilderness.
Changa Safari Camp
Changa Safari Camp is a hidden gem nestled on the shores of Lake Kariba in Zimbabwe. This exclusive camp offers a unique and intimate safari experience, where guests can revel in the tranquility of the surrounding wilderness. The camp’s luxurious tents are elegantly designed and provide all the comforts of a modern retreat while maintaining a close connection to nature. From the moment of arrival, guests are greeted with warm hospitality and impeccable service.
Changa Safari Camp boasts a remarkable array of wildlife, including elephants, buffalo, and a plethora of bird species, which can be spotted on thrilling game drives, bush walks, and boat safaris along the lake. The camp’s commitment to sustainability and community involvement adds a meaningful dimension to the experience, allowing guests to appreciate the delicate balance between conservation and local livelihoods. Changa Safari Camp is an idyllic haven where nature enthusiasts can unwind, reconnect with the wild, and create lifelong memories in the heart of Zimbabwe’s natural splendor.
Nestled within the vast expanse of the concession, Nantwich Lodge stands as an oasis of luxury and exclusivity. From the moment you step foot onto its grounds, you are immersed in a world where lions reign supreme. As the sun casts its golden hues across the sweeping savannah, the resonant roars and territorial calls of the majestic cats fill the air, captivating your senses and reminding you of the untamed beauty that surrounds you.
Nantwich Lodge in Hwange National Park‘s Nantwich Concession is an extraordinary haven for lion enthusiasts and wildlife aficionados alike. With its unrivaled lion population, breathtaking surroundings, and dedication to providing an unforgettable safari experience, it stands as the pinnacle of lion sightings lodges in Zimbabwe. Prepare to embark on an unforgettable journey where the magnificence of lions and the splendor of the African wilderness converge, leaving an indelible imprint on your heart and soul.
Situated on its own private concession in Hwange National Park, little Makololo is a must for those who love glamping! Its 6 traditional-style tents provide a small, intimate vacation on a reserve renowned for its large open spaces for easy game viewing. Aside from the pristine bathrooms and wide bedrooms fit for a king, the activities are a major reason to stay at Little Makalolo.
There’s the morning walking safaris, village visits, log-pile hide which overlooks the waterhole in front of the camp (Perfect place for you to crawl into and get an up-close view of the wildlife), day and night game drives and the Romantic Star Bed which gives those in love the opportunity to see the clear starry night sky above the beautiful Madison Pan. For your intimate glamping experience, Little Makalolo is your next vacation.
Even though it sits on the edge of the Kariba dam, it can make you feel like you’re on an exotic island. Encircled by tropical trees and vegetation with path ways leading to untouched beaches and large buffet meals… It’s like a hint of the Caribbean with a twist; it’s surrounded by Africa’s Big 5. Its extensive wildlife is hard to avoid with multiple game viewing points, game drives, water cruises and guided walks. At your disposal are a number of fine facilities.
There’s the famous infinity pool, the terrace bar, alfresco restaurant, residents’ lounge, games room and the Kukondwa spa. For those who feel active, there are cultural village tours, fishing and a host of other exciting activities. Bumi Hills truly offers an incredible experience, and whether you’re sitting overlooking their famous infinity pool, or lying in your modern bedroom, or watching wildlife through one of their viewing decks, you’ll discover exactly what we mean.
On the quiet banks of the Zambezi River, in the heart of the Mana Pools National Park lies the Ruckomechi Camp, one of the most romantic Zimbabwe lodges. With nothing but the bush as your next door neighbour, the noise of your normal busy life is replaced with the gentle symphony of African sounds. From over 380 different bird species, to elephant, hippo, buffalo, zebra, lion leopard, cheetah and hyena the sound plays like a lullaby so close to your permanent tent.
Each tent overlooks the river and with the view from your double bed, you can choose to stay in for the day watching game with a rather impressive mini bar. Though don’t stick too close to your room as a world of activities awaits you from birding, fishing, nature walks, river cruises, game drives and more. Ruckomechi Camp provides a great chance to unwind and with their approach to eco-tourism, you can rest even easier knowing that where you’re staying leaves an eco foot print.
Lady Jacqueline Houseboat
Lady Jacqueline Houseboat is a floating haven of luxury and tranquility on Lake Kariba, Zimbabwe. This magnificent houseboat offers a unique and unforgettable escape, combining the comforts of a lavish retreat with the breathtaking beauty of the surrounding wilderness. With spacious and elegantly appointed cabins, guests can relax and unwind while enjoying stunning panoramic views of the lake. The houseboat features a range of amenities, including a sundeck, plunge pool, and a well-stocked bar, ensuring that guests have everything they need for a memorable stay.
From leisurely cruises along the lake to thrilling fishing excursions, guests can indulge in a variety of activities while taking in the awe-inspiring landscapes and abundant wildlife. The attentive crew ensures that every need is met, from gourmet meals prepared by skilled chefs to personalized service that exceeds expectations. Lady Jacqueline Houseboat promises an extraordinary experience, immersing guests in the serene beauty of Lake Kariba and providing a luxurious retreat like no other.
There are few luxury lodges in Hwange that provide world-class service with a large range of activities and a passion for eco-tourism; Elephant’s Eye, Hwange is one of those few. Found 15km (9miles) away from Hwange National Park on its own private concession, you can relax to the sights and sounds of Africa. The lodge is built around a watering hole with every room looking onto the water so whether you’re eating 5 star food in the dining area or lying on your bed, you see game.
Apart from fantastic cuisine and views, you can go on game drives, game walks, visit the spa, visit a local homestead, enjoy local entertainment and do so with the peace of mind that you are staying in one of Zimbabwe’s greenest lodges. Every other lodge in this list has rave reviews with many people talking about how much they enjoyed the service and experience, but few of them are admonished with the words ‘My favourite place’ like Elephant’s Eye, Hwange. For some reason this place is more than a vacation for its guests, it truly means something to them, and for this reason it is one of our top lodges.
Pamushana is one of our top 10 Zimbabwe lodges because it is more than a luxury lodge, to many it is a spiritual paradise which is why it is called the ‘Place of miracles’. It sits high up on a hill side, overlooking 150,000 acres of Malilangwe Wildlife Reserve which, amidst other wildlife, holds 14 species of eagle, the largest number of black rhino and endless amounts of baobab trees. Each bedroom and family suit is spacious, decorated with Shangaan tribal colours and art, filled with all the luxury amenities you can think of and a plunge pool outside. If this isn’t enough, the villas come with everything the other rooms have and the added advantage of a private infinity pool.
Each day hold activities such as sundowners, walking safaris, community visits, mountain biking, rock art site visits, fishing and sundowner cruises on the dam. With all the lodges we reviewed, we looked beyond the glamourous décor and furnishings to what people experience. Singita comes in top of its class as not only do you get to see extraordinary wildlife such as Black Rhino, but the design, service and list of activities have warranted a spiritual ‘nick name’ from its guests which few lodges have received. If you’re looking for a miraculous vacation, then continue reading about Singita Pamushana Lodge below.
Bonus Lodge in Hwange National Park
Daka Plains Lodge – Enjoy the convenience of hot and cold running water, along with modern flush toilets. The lodge takes pride in providing the finest quality linen, ensuring a restful night’s sleep on the comfortable beds, which can be arranged as twins or kings, depending on your preference. Indulge in relaxation on your own private deck, offering breathtaking views overlooking the picturesque Deka Valley. Immerse yourself in the tranquility of the surroundings and appreciate the beauty of the natural landscape.
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