Nestled in a dappled tree-line, and thoughtfully laid out to encourage an intimate and relaxing sojourn. The tents are connected to the main area by teak walkways, where a towering false mopane tree in the centre of the camp shades a separate dining and living area. An open fire deck invites convivial evening fireside tales under the stars. A raised pool deck, which also houses the bar and breakfast area, offers jaw-dropping views of the busy waterhole in front of camp.
Little Makalolo is in the ideal location for an authentic safari in Zimbabwe. The camp’s exceptionally warm staff take care of guests’ every need. In camp, the pool area is the ideal spot to watch the wildlife parade, from its raised deck, and game viewing here starts right at the breakfast table… or pool… or, of course, the intimate log-pile hide. Game drives, guided nature walks and cultural activities sometimes end with a delicious pizza stop at Madison Pan. Also at Madison, a Star Bed invites a romantic sleep-out under the stars.
Out on a game drive, herds of buffalo, lone elephant bulls and rare antelope like sable and roan are regularly seen. Birdlife is extremely rewarding – retire to the log-pile hide and wait for them there, binoculars in hand.
Meet the people who support Hwange’s wildlife: the Scorpion Anti-Poaching Unit, and the nearby community members. Then spend the evening in the Star Bed, and fall asleep to lions roaring in the distance.
With just five en-suite units, intimate Wilderness Little Makalolo is Hwange’s original – and greatly cherished – bush camp, known for its exceptionally warm and genuine staff.
The stylish tents are spacious and the en-suite bathrooms include double vanities, and indoor and outdoor showers. Solar power is used for tent lights and to heat water, ensuring a lighter environmental footprint.
The family luxury canvas tented unit has two three quarter beds in each bedroom. Each having its own entrance with an inter-leading door between the two rooms.
The Makalolo Private Wilderness Reserve is situated in the most prolific wildlife area of Hwange National Park. The varied habitats and vegetation types, as well as countless waterholes, mean that game drives are exciting with always something new to be seen in an exclusive setting.
Evening game drives offer the best opportunity to see the shy nocturnal animals that are rarely seen in the daylight hours. The Hwange ‘night act’ includes species such as lesser bushbaby, spotted hyaena, leopard, lion, Selous mongoose, pangolin, caracal, porcupine, scrub hare, springhare and even honey badger.
Hwange was proclaimed some 80 years ago and has served as a haven for one of the highest concentrations of game on the African continent. There is no better way to experience this park than on foot, discovering the ecological-diversity of Hwange on a nature walk with a highly experienced safari guide.
This log-pile hide is beautifully placed at the waterhole in front of camp, and is the perfect place to spend afternoon siesta hours. The productive waterhole offers thrilling game viewing to literally a Noah’s Ark parade of elephant and buffalo. Elephants are often the star attraction at the hide; just watch out for the sprays of water propelled from their nearby trunks.
Situated on a raised platform overlooking Madison Pan, the Star Bed is just a 20-minute drive away from camp and offers a truly secluded, remote wilderness experience. Spend a romantic night surrounded only by nature, and beneath the canopy of millions of stars.