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Bomani Tented Lodge

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- Authentic camp in secluded location
- Excellent guiding and wildlife viewing
- Restaurant, bar, and plunge pool
- Guided walks, game drives, village visits

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Bomani Tented Lodge is a remote safari camp in the Ngamo Forest Area, near Hwange National Park, northwest Zimbabwe. This upmarket, comfortable property offers 11 tented rooms and one bungalow, plus a restaurant, bar, lounge, and a swimming pool. Boasting friendly service and excellent guiding, Bomani is a great midrange option for travellers seeking an authentic safari experience away from the crowds.

Accessed via road or chartered flight from Victoria Falls or Bulawayo, the lodge sits in a secluded private concession, with direct access into the quieter southeast area of Hwange National Park. Hwange is Zimbabwe’s largest national park, and its varying terrain of desert scrub, grassy plains and woodland is home to abundant animal and birdlife, including large numbers of elephant, plus zebra, lion, buffalo, leopard, and giraffe.

The lodge’s thatched, open fronted main area is elevated, affording super views of wildlife on the Ngamo Plains. Guest areas include a communal dining room, a comfy lounge area with a fireplace for colder evenings, and a well-stocked bar. Wi-Fi is available in the main areas, although the signal can be intermittent. Outside is a spacious decked area and a refreshing plunge pool overlooking the nearby waterhole where animals congregate to drink. A fire pit with seating is a popular spot for a sundowner.

A flexible range of activities includes morning and afternoon game drives with informed enthusiastic guides, plus night drives in the lodge’s private concession. Guided walks are available in the mornings, to avoid the heat of the day. Bomani has several game viewing hides overlooking waterholes, which are great for photographers. Guests can take part in a ‘pump run’, involving dropping off supplies at camp waterholes, followed by a leisurely picnic lunch, and an afternoon game drive. Cultural visits to the local village and school are encouraged.

The accommodation comprises 10 tented rooms and one bungalow. Six tents stand on raised decking, with expansive views across Ngamo Plain, whilst four tents have a private veranda overlooking the lodge's waterhole. Each spacious tent comes with fans and a complimentary laundry service, and feature a double or twin beds, a lounge area, and an ensuite bathroom with bath and/or shower. The thatched, stone bungalow has a double bed, lounge and dressing areas, and an ensuite bathroom, plus a minibar, overhead fans, air conditioning, and a private veranda.

Children over seven years of age are warmly welcome, with discounts offered for under 13s sharing with an adult. Guests under seven may be accommodated, at the management’s discretion, and subject to the family hiring an additional vehicle for game drives. Tents accommodate up to two children and one adult, with extra beds provided upon request. The lodge offers a spacious two bedroom, two bathroom tented suite which sleeps up to six guests, and is ideal for families or larger groups. Built on raised decking, it comprises lounge and dining areas, and a lovely private veranda with sweeping views. Note that as the camp is unfenced and wild animals do regularly roam through, children should be supervised at all times.

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