Warthogs Bush camp is Cameron Harvey Safaris’ small, friendly and rather unique budget camp on the outskirts of Kariba town. Despite its close proximity to urban life, it’s nestled in Mopane scrub on the shores of the lake and is bang in the middle of a game corridor. The staff (and a cheeky dog) are on duty 24 hours a day at Warthogs Bush Camp to help with information, washing up, making fires etc. (the dog isn’t great on any of these but he does help with security). As registered operators the camp can book you onto sunset cruises, houseboat safaris and canoe trips. To make life easy, shops and fuel are only a few km’s away.
Accommodation is offered for up to 20 pax altogether, in a self catering cottage, 3 en suite cabins and 3 tented units. There are also 5 or 6 sites in the camping area, which have showers, toilets, braais and kitchen area. Each tented unit has mattresses, bedding, gauzed windows and solar lighting. For entertainment there’s a friendly “bush bar” and splash pool right on the lake shore. Elephants, Hippo and Zebra often wander through to check the menu and keep the grass trimmed. Bedding, mosquito nets and a lock up trunk in each cabin is provided, you only need bring with you your own towel, toiletries and a torch. There are braai facilities available for guests who’d like the African equivalent of a barbeque, otherwise the bar grill restaurant is open every day. It cooks up a warming curry on Tuesday evenings and a real homely lunch on Sundays.
- Game viewing
“I absolutely loved this place. Where else do you go to bed with advice on what to do if you get up in the night and there is a hippo in camp; spot elephants as you are driving in and need to move from your sunbathing spot because the zebra are coming to eat the grass!! The tents are comfortable; the bathrooms clean with hot water; the food in the restaurant is very good quality for a very reasonable price – though they do need a greater selection of vegetarian dishes = my only suggestion for improvement; the bar has a nice mix of locals (with some interesting stories about living in Zim) and guests; and finally the staff are a real credit to the place and Ian (the owner) a true gentleman. I didn’t want to leave!!” –Scal_78
“After a 20 hours chicken bus ride we arrived at Warthogs but unfortunately it was in the middle of its renovation so there was no room for us. But Ian, the owner, was very kind and helpful and drove us to look at another hotel. But he felt it would be too expensive for us so he offered us to pitch a tent for us at a good rate. The following day he moved us into a chalet with a fantastic open shower and lake view. Through the entire stay Ian was super friendly and helped us arrange a canoe trip on the Zambezi river (Zambian side). We would recommend Warthogs Bush Camp anytime – we had a fantastic stay. ” –Mikkel Børlum P
“We were originally just going to spend one night at Warthogs before our kayak trip to Mana Pools but ended up staying almost a week because it was so good. There really isn’t much to do at all in Kariba unless you are into fishing (which we weren’t) but relaxing at Warthogs was just what we needed. The highlight though was that on our first morning two zebras wandered outside as we showered in our en-suite bamboo hut – and that was only the start. During breakfast five elephants wandered around the camp and every day this was the same. It was amazing – you only had to look outside and there was some form of wildlife; every walk into town was a walking safari and I even got woken up one day with ones trunk in our hut. But you felt perfectly safe all the time. The restaurant is always open and does great value food, Ian the owner is the perfect mix of helpful and relaxed and all the staff are really obliging. Also the huge bed and mosquito net was one of the best we have had so far in Africa.” –SuziLW
Let the adventure begin!