The Zim-Zam circuit
A tour in Zimbabwe and Zambia exploring little visited Hwange National Park
Zim’ used to be a first choice destination for people wishing to travel on safari. However, the recent political turmoil has turned many people away. Which is a shame, the country may be in economic chaos, but it’s quite safe and the wildlife is blissfully unaware!
Just across the border from Victoria Falls is Hwange National Park, a huge area of prime wildlife wilderness. No one offers hospitality as well as Zimbabweans and the folk at Davison’s camp will show you a time you won’t forget: fantastic camp, remote wilderness and tip top well-informed guides.
Hwange National Park (NP)
Davison’s Camp lies in the south-eastern Linkwasha zone which is one of the best game viewing areas of the entire NP. It is a classic African tented camp, with the tents hidden beneath a grove of False Mopane trees overlooking a waterhole to one side and the open plain on the other.
Named after the founder of Hwange National Park and its first warden, Ted Davison, this camp, with its 8 tents plus one family tent, offers a wonderful bush experience. All the tents, as well as the separate main area which consists of a lounge, dining room and an open campfire area, look out over the waterhole.
Activities include game drives in open 4×4 vehicles and guided walks in the early mornings for those who prefer their game up close and personal. During the siesta hours, guests can view wildlife coming down to the waterhole from the comfort of their own tent’s veranda.
Wildlife encountered here includes lion, large herds of elephant, buffalo, leopard, white rhino, spotted hyaena, southern giraffe, sable antelope, blue wildebeest, impala, common waterbuck and reedbuck. There are a number of large, open plain areas which make for excellent game viewing and in summer (June to Oct) wildebeest, zebra and eland are found in large herds; while in winter the waterholes are magnets for enormous numbers of elephants.
Bird life in the area is prolific and varied (400+ species) because there are two habitats that meet here: the teak woodlands and the drier Kalahari desert zone.