Hwange National Park, East (Zimbabwe)
Hwange National Park is Zimbabwe’s largest park as well as its most wildlife-dense. With massive herds of elephant numbering up to 350 in a matriarchal group and an estimated total population of 45 000. The park is also known as being one of the last sanctuaries for Painted Dogs (African Wild Dogs). Elephant’s Eye, Hwange is located right by the Mtoa Gate entrance to Hwange National Park, allowing guests to discover the Mtoa Ruins, an ancient archaeological wonder. A 45-minute flight or 2.5-hour drive away from Victoria Falls airport, the western part of the park is known for diverse landscapes such as Sikumi and Mopane forest as well as savannah and grassland.
To stay in this area, visit Elephant’s Eye, Hwange.
Hwange National Park, North (Zimbabwe)
A hidden gem in a truly secluded location, offering not only a perfect mid-way stop between Chobe National Park, Victoria Falls and the southern and eastern regions of Hwange National Park, but also distinctively different landscapes from the rest of Zimbabwe’s biggest national park. This part of the park is lion country and the area has the highest number of big cats in Hwange. Buffalo numbers are also particularly impressive and the sable and roan antelope population are the best in the country. The vegetation moves from mopane through to almost savannah-like grassy vleis westwards towards the Botswana border, with many inviting rocky outcrops. It’s these boulders that provide a perfect perch for leopards to survey the scene below them. Our newest lodge, Nantwich, is a hidden gem in a truly secluded location. Situated in the northwest corner of the park, it is the closest safari lodge to the Victoria Falls in Hwange National Park – only 1.5 hours by road, or 15 minutes by air with 2 conveniently located airstrips. It is also conveniently close to Chobe National Park, Botswana, which allows guest to easily combine more safari destination options.
To stay in this area, visit Nantwich, Hwange.
Victoria Falls & The Zambezi River (Zimbabwe)
The Zambezi River flows through six countries and along its course is characterised by floodplains, rapids, gorges, and a gentle steady flow. Along its course, it cascades down a magnificent gorge and creates this glorious natural phenomenon and one of the Seven World Wonders, the Victoria Falls. Famous for being the largest sheet of falling water and referred to by the locals as Mosi-oa-Tunya which can be translated as The Smoke That Thunders, referring to the beautiful white mist that is a result of the waterfall’s spray as well as the roaring sound the water makes as it thunders down. Travellers come from far and wide to tick this experience off their bucket list. The famous Falls and its gorge can be explored by boat, air and on foot. The Zambezi River itself can be explored on a beautifully handcrafted, traditional East African dhow, the only ones of their kind on the river. Let Zambezi Truth escort you on a uniquely authentic voyage as you glide along this legendary river which is the lifeblood of Victoria Falls town, the travel hub for Zimbabwe, Zambia and Botswana. The small town is home to fantastic hotels and lodges and provides many adventure activities to partake in as well as charming cafes, restaurants, and bars to mingle with locals and other travellers.
To experience this attraction, visit Zambezi Truth, Victoria Falls.
Khwai River (Botswana)
Mogotlho Safari Lodge, Kwhai River, Botswana, is situated in a unique wildlife safari area in an exclusive region that has ‘year round’ water supply, bountiful wildlife (including the rare wild dog) and an elevated view of the Khwai River. Adjacent to both Moremi Game Reserve and Chobe National Park, and with the Khwai River feeding into the Mababe depression, this remote location attracts an abundant flow of biodiversity – a safari seekers dream.
The winding waterways of the Khwai River, with its shallow flood plains and parallel open grassland, fringed by Camelthorn forests is an invitation for a variety of wildlife species – from plains game to elephants, buffalo, birds – and predators. Expect intimate and thrilling wildlife experience with guides who will share their in-depth knowledge of the African bush and Botswana.
For visitors looking for an authentic cultural experience, the lodge is also conveniently close to the Mababe community settlement where guests may take part in eco-tourism and conservation initiatives, an integral aspect to Mogotlho’s vision.
Transfers are available on request from Maun and Khwai Airstrip, and being a two-hour drive from Maun, self-driving is also an easy option.
Kuzuma Region, Chobe (Botswana)
Botswana is widely known as a country with a conservation success story, offering some of the best safari experiences in Southern Africa. Botswana’s Chobe Region includes our exclusive Kazuma Forestry reserve. Bordering both Chobe National Park and Zimbabwe’s Hwange National Park, this pristine area is part of an ancient migratory route for large herds of elephants – known as the “Elephant Corridor”. The Kazuma region is characterised by Mopane Forest, grassy plains interspersed with tall Ilala Palms, and flat salt pans (Camp Kuzuma is about 5 km from the Kazuma Pan). Besides the large elephant population, predators such as lions and leopards stalk the area in hunt of prey and there are 380 species of birds flitting about. The Kuzuma Region is about an hour from Kasane, offering a peaceful respite from the hustle and bustle of the busy gateway to Chobe National Park while still being easily accessible. The region is part of a larger Trans Frontier Conservation Zone known as KAZA (Kavango–Zambezi Transfrontier Conservation Area), which is a groundbreaking new initiative that protects the wildlife and diverse ecosystems of 5 countries with a special focus on community involvement and socio-economic improvement through conservation.
To stay in this area, visit Camp Kuzuma, Chobe.