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Bomani Tented Lodge

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8/10

Price guide

Price rating 3

Highlights

- 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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Overview

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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Average Rating

based on 503 reviews

(5.00/5)

  • Hi Lisa,

    The safari trip was excellent! The stay, the food and the people were all very nice. We were happy to have Ryan and Stanley as our game drive guides they brought us up close to the animals and Ryan gave very good information throughout.

    Would definitely recommend to friends who are interested in safaris :)

    Also, thanks much for your help, particularly keeping the room for my Brother and his wife they’ve enjoyed the safari very much too!

    Best regards,
    Woan Chyi

    MissingWoan Chyi L reviewing Cape Town & Kruger Safari on 16 October 2019

  • We had a fantastic time and all the arrangements worked perfectly.
    We were very impressed with the quality and service levels of all 4 locations visited and it was truly a holiday of a lifetime.
    Thank you to you and to Lisa for giving us this experience.
    Particular highlights for us – really the whole experience, but of particular impact:
    Breathtaking scenery at Cathedral Peak Hotel
    Rhino Ridge game drives incredible, thanks to guide (we had their head guide, Hala, who’s knowledge, enthusiasm, kindness, interaction, ability to spot wildlife was out of this world)
    Luxury of Rhino Ridge (shower, food, views, service)
    Immersion in nature, torch lit meal on last night and beach trip at Kosi Forest Lodge
    Level of service, quality of food throughout

    MissingCatherine F reviewing South Africa Safari, Beach and Wetlands on 04 September 2019

  • We had a fantastic time. Thank you and it went smoothly in the main except for British Airways!

    The trip had the right degree of luxury and relaxation (for me) and adventure (all of us).

    A few points:
    Driving directions to Umlunghi Lodge were slightly wrong. The driving directions should read at the 4th roundabout take the first exit and turn right over the railway. We loved it there. Anton, Bianca and her son and Harriet were very informative and entertaining. The snake talk and handling, night walks and seeing scorpions and the walk in the bush and "bumping" into a giraffe were really special. The kayak trip to Makuzi pan that the lodge organised was good and Tomaz was very informative and kept a respectful distance from the hippos.3 nights was plenty.

    Rhino River Lodge game reserve was incredibly luxurious and we felt very looked after. The lion siting in camp the day we arrived sent an extra frisson of excitement down our spines. It was easy to forget there were predators that could attack us with all that luxury. The staff and guides (Karl) were knowledgeable and invested in their set up. We saw rhinos with baby, cheetahs with young, porcupine, Genet, wildebeast, Impala, Lion with young, buffalo, a puff adder, ostrich, zebra and giraffes. 4 nights was also plenty.
    They all served great food but I felt Ghost Mountain Inn topped the lot. The variety was amazing. We arrived at 10.30 but could not get into our room until 2 ish. The service was not so personal I guess because it is larger (far more than 50 rooms). We had been a bit spoilt at Rhino River! My daughter and I had some treatments at the Spa and loved it. We also went on a large boat trip on Jonzi and had a closer encounter with a large bull hippo and also a hike up Ghost Mountain with Patrick who was very informative and passionate about his people and his country. Isaac the other guide there took us on the boat trip and pointed out the sugar cane harvest on the way. he was very informative also.

    Lastly, Lalaria Lodge was fabulous and we all piled into the surf of the Indian Ocean. There was hardly anyone on the beach. It was "too cold" according to the landlady. The view from her terrace was of the ocean and whales breaching in the distance. I could have sat there all day. She very kindly provided us with a Scrabble board of her own for us to play. We took a Microlight ride from Ballito over the coastline in the hope of seeing whales and dolphins but no luck. If we had stayed longer we might have gone on a boat trip from Durban. We had a meal at a restaurant called Mozambique which was great fun with vast portions, plenty of carbs and fresh seafood!

    The value of the Rand to the Pound was excellent and therefore we felt that we got excellent value which also played a large part!

    MissingKatrina P reviewing Value KZN Bush & Beach Safari For Families on 02 September 2019

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