- Extremely wild location
- Large Elephant Populations
- Excellent hosting and guiding
- Superb day and night-time game viewing
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.
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
Catherine 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!
Katrina P reviewing South Africa Bush & Beach Safari For Families on 02 September 2019
We had the most incredible time thank you. We loved Karen Blixen camp and felt part of a family there, it was incredibly special. And Breezes was very relaxing.
We can't fault all the transfers and the moment we were greeted on the tarmac at Nairobi airport we knew we were going to be well cared for.
Thank you so much to you and all the Tourdust team for making it such a happy and memorable trip.
Zoe A reviewing Masai Mara Safari & Beach on 27 August 2019