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Camelthorn Lodge

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This flagship lodge is nestled in a patch of pristine woodland just on the edge of the South Eastern corner of Hwange National Park. The lodge is unique in its style and design and has as its centrepiece a huge ancient Camelthorn tree. Strategically placed to explore the remote and unspoilt south eastern portion of the park, Camelthorn provides a spectacular wilderness experience.
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Ngamo Plain, Hwange Zimbabwe
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Bulawayo Airport96 mi
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Having been in the tourism safari business for 25 years, I feel I am qualified to make balanced assessments. Camel Thorn exceeded every expectation. The quality of the rooms and central area, the furnishings and decor, the guiding, the staff are all of an exceptional quality. I
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You really felt that you were in the bush down here, experiencing the most amazing night skies, for example. At the same time we always felt that we were safe and being taken good care of, escorted to our cottages after dusk by an escort with a rifle, for instance. Camelthorn is
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We are experienced world travellers and have been to southern Africa in the past. Camelthorn exceeded all our expectations (even in the off season). 5 star service from every staff member and Aubz was a delight as our guide. Room was absolutely deluxe in every respect....on par
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Response from CathyC3328, Senior Marketing & Sales Manager at Camelthorn Lodge
Responded 3 weeks ago
Hi peterbJ2738MM Thank you for choosing to Safari at Camelthorn and especially thank you for your 5 star rating, we certainly value your feedback, and appreciate you taking the time to do so! Here at Imvelo we take pride and joy in offering our guests an experience they will never forget, so to hear that they were able to achieve this, makes us proud of what we do and offer. Aubz is indeed known as a bush whisperer! Warm regards from us all at Imvelo.
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Phets , our guide, was a fount of knowledge and we had some amazing experiences with him, including a great deal of excitement involving 11 lionesses and cubs!!! Fantastic visiting the Ngamo school too. Janice couldn’t do too much for us. Thank you
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Response from CathyC3328, Senior Marketing & Sales Manager at Camelthorn Lodge
Responded 18 Sep 2018
Hi Gilian W Thank you for your 5 Star rating and review! Phets is very knowledgeable and passionate about the bush and its amazing wildlife, which is always a big positive when making sure his guests get the most out of their safari experience – seeing 11 lionesses and their cubs is an unbelievable sighting. I will be sure to pass on your comments to both Phets and Janice. Visiting Ngamo Primary School is a must when staying at Camelthorn and I’m so glad to read that your visit was fantastic. All the best from us all at Imvelo.
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We arrived at Camelthorn to a lovely welcome by Janice and Nor, and a suggestion from our guide Phets to go on a night game drive. We didn't expect much return from something so spontaneously offered, but before we knew it we were in the park and two male lion brothers were
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Response from CathyC3328, Senior Marketing & Sales Manager at Camelthorn Lodge
Responded 18 Sep 2018
Hi Sergio J A big thank you for your 5 star review and we are thrilled to read that you had a remarkable experience with us at Camethorn! It is one of the most amazing experiences seeing the lion so close in their natural habitat – I will pass your praises onto Phets, Janice, Nor and Ephraim who are passionate and knowledgeable and always do their best to offer our guests a memorable experience. The location on the Ngamo Plains is very special so we hope you will come back and visit us again one day and spend more time enjoying the location with all the amazing wildlife that can be seen in this spectacular area of the park. From us all at Imvelo, we wish you all the best.
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Not many places have air-conditioning nor a pool (plunge at best) because they use generators and water attracts animals esp elephants. Camelthorn is brick construct and significantly cooler than tents esp at midday. The ceiling fans were sufficient and yes we slept with the back sliding doors and windows open (they all have fly screens). You sleep under a mosquito net and are provided with insect repellant and fly spray. Very comfortable. Air circulation is the key. We had no problems. As with most camps on generator power, the power goes off at about 11pm and comes back on at about 0500 AM. You'll find the nights cool down and you get nice airflow with the windows and back doors open. We always felt safe. The property is patrolled during the night to keep animals away (primarily elephants) and is quite safe. You have a loud horn and torch/light supplied. You're escorted at night to your quarters by rangers. Sounds a bit melodramatic but you are in the wilderness and your safety and comfort is their primary concern. Keep in mind that the mornings can be cool (0530) especially on the back of a safari wagon, and then heats up so wear layers esp in early AM. 0500 wake up call for 05:30 safari departure. When the sun goes down it can get cooler but never bothered me however my wife tended to put on a light jumper. The main reason we upgraded to Camelthorn was that it is cooler, especially at midday than tents because of the brick construction. We absolutely enjoyed the luxury and found it very comfortable, a virtual oasis. Since you're going in October I feel obliged to give you a heads up that when we were in Zimbabwe (September) it was in a bit of an inflationary dive and $US were scarce. ATMs had long queues, $30 limits and run out so suggest you don't count on getting $US in Zimbabwe. South Africa was fine. We had planned to get more $US in Zimbabwe! Visa and Master card were OK and we just got by using the cards and some friends that could spare same $US.
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Hi Jane, Thank you for your question. Tim & Chris are absolutely correct, the guides are very accommodating and will ensure you spend quality time photographing the beautiful wildlife you see on your visit to us. We of course also have our 'Look up blind' at one of our waterholes, which is a wonderful place to spend many hours watching and photographing the wildlife that come down to drink :) We look forward to hosting you in September! Kind rgds, the Imvelo team
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"This lodge is a 2 hour bus ride from Victoria Falls' Then a 2 hour 4 wheel drive along a track into the lodge. Well worth the drives"
"They're all the same."
"All are PERFECT, trust guides (Butch), travel agency (Wilderness Travel), lodge (Janice) to delight you with superior lodging!"
"Free standing bungalows"
"Closer to the lobby would be more convenient."
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ZimbabweMatabeleland North ProvinceHwange
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