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Camelthorn breaks new ground in Hwange

Camelthorn breaks new ground in Hwange

Camelthorn Tree
Camelthorn Tree
Imvelo Safari Lodges

Near Ngamo Gate in the remote and unspoilt southeastern corner of Hwange National Park, Imvelo Safari Lodge's newest addition is approaching completion.

The culmination of 15 years of planning and dreaming, Camelthorn Lodge is built on communal land peripheral to the park; an actual community-based tourism enterprise that will benefit local communities who live alongside Hwange's elephants and lions.

When building was at its busiest, over 60 young men and women from the nearby villages were working on the site - most of whom had never had a job in their lives before. Already, the new lodge was making a significant contribution to the community.

The lodge is on the edge of the Ngamo plain in a well-shaded patch of forest. At the centre of the lodge is a 35 metre spread camelthorn acacia, framed on two sides by the main lodge. Under that tree guests will be treated to breakfasts, brunches and lunches, and candlelit dinners under the huge tree dotted with lanterns.

June and July in Hwange can be cold; winter dinners at Camelthorn will be different with an indoor dining area which can be completely closed off and has three fireplaces. Guests can savour their dinners and linger around the table with a glass of wine reliving the day’s adventures.

Tents create that distinctive 'safari atmosphere' which many guests appreciate. Unfortunately in Hwange they can be uncomfortably hot in October and November and freezing at night in June and July. Imvelo has created completely unique ‘forest villas’ nestled amongst the trees in the woodland. The villas, with high ceilings and twin overhead fans will be cool in summer and warm in winter, with a blazing fire in the lounge area.

An upstairs outdoor balcony is tucked into overhanging branches, perfect for listening to the birds during a relaxing afternoon siesta or enjoying a glass of wine as the sun sets over the African bush.

Read more:
Camelthorn Acacia - an invaluable natural resource (ZT, Issue 13, June 2013)

Read more about the region in our destination guide:
Hwange

Read more articles from this issue:
Zambezi Traveller (Issue 13, June 2013)

Zambezi Traveller Directory:
Imvelo Safari Lodges