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Nehimba Safari Lodge

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9/10

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Highlights

- Extremely wild location
- Large Elephant Populations
- Excellent hosting and guiding
- Superb day and night-time game viewing

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Overview

Nehimba Safari Lodge is a superb small tented camp in a wild and remote location in Hwange National Park, northwest Zimbabwe. This remote property sits in a private concession on the edge of mopane forest in an area brimming with wildlife. Nehimba offers an incredible and unique elephant experience literally on tap as large herd of elephant come to drink from the camp swimming pool most nights. Elephant also come to suck water out of the underground natural seeps. Nehimba would usually be used in combination with a camp in the Eastern Wild of Hwange which tends to offer better predator viewing opportunities.

Nehimba offers superb hosting and guiding along with nine well-appointed thatched tents, plus a restaurant, bar and swimming pool. It is an excellent midrange option for travellers seeking an exclusive and authentic safari experience in a secluded, game-rich location.

Nehimba is located a 4 ½ hour drive from Victoria Falls, within Hwange’s unspoilt, remote northern climes. With a diverse terrain spanning arid scrub, verdant woodland, and grassy plains, this vast region boasts excellent game viewing, particularly during the June – October dry season, when large numbers of elephant along with lion, leopard, buffalo, and zebra, are drawn to the surrounding waterholes.

The camp’s thatched main area is built on raised decking with super views over an adjacent waterhole frequented by wildlife. Guest areas include a communal dining area, a lounge and a library, plus a souvenir shop. Complimentary Wi-Fi is available in the main area. Outside is a terrace and a refreshing swimming pool which is popular with the local elephants, who often choose to drink from the pool instead of the waterhole!

Activities are tailored to guest preferences and comprise game drives and guided walks with highly experienced, enthusiastic guides, along with night drives in the private concession where hyena, porcupine, civet, and the occasional nocturnal leopard can be glimpsed. Excursions include the Nehimba Seep, an ancient water source once used by San Bushmen and now frequented by elephants, and picnics at Mandavu Dam, a great game viewing location with prolific birdlife.

Accommodation at the lodge comprises nine spacious and elegantly furnished thatched tents constructed on teak decking, and generously spaced apart for privacy. Each tent contains a double or twin beds draped with mosquito nets, plus an ensuite bathroom with a bath and a wonderfully indulgent alfresco shower. Outside is a private veranda with great views of the waterhole. All units have hot and cold running water, electricity by generator, ceiling fans, and hot drink facilities. A complimentary daily laundry service is provided.

Children over seven years of age are extremely welcome in camp, and discounts are offered for guests under 13 who share with adults. Families with children under seven years may be accommodated at the manager’s sole discretion, subject to hiring a private vehicle for game drives. Nehimba offers two spacious family tents, each sleeping up to four guests, with a double and twin beds, an ensuite bathroom with outside shower, and a veranda ideal for wildlife watching. Note that the camp is unfenced and wild animals, including elephants, regularly roam through. Although it is unusual that wildlife would approach tents or people, parents are requested to supervise children at all times.

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Average Rating

based on 501 reviews

(5.00/5)

  • It was FANTASTIC! Beautifully organised, everything worked like clockwork. We agreed that we had the best support team ever (and we have experience) - all delightful, very professional and nothing was too much bother.

    It clearly couldn't have been a better route, such a wonderful mix of landscapes. And plenty of acclimatisation time. Nonetheless, I was glad of my summit oxygen.

    Kit excellent. Double good mattresses made for most comfortable trek camping ever. Tents v good. Mess tent pretty windproof, which was vital for enjoyment. Best camp loo ever!

    My favourite day was Shira Cathedral. Amazing.

    MissingWilliam M reviewing Kilimanjaro Lemosho Route on 15 April 2020

  • 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

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