BOMANI TENTED LODGE - HWANGE NATIONAL PARK
Bomani Tented Lodge is located in the Ngamo forest Area within a 5000 acre private reserve and just a 5 minute drive from a private gate into Hwange National Park. The lodge has a good choice of rooms from tents raised on teak platforms overlooking the vlei to ground level tents in front of the lodge waterhole and a thatched bungalow.
The main lodge overlooks Bomani Pan and has an open dining room, bar area and lounge, built on a spectacular viewing platform. You can enjoy your breakfast whilst watching zebra and wildebeest quietly graze or sip a sun downer as giraffe and elephant soak up the day’s final rays.
Activities include safaris walks or drives in the park where you will see a huge amount of different wildlife in a truly wild and remote region of the park.
Bomani Tented Lodge is located in the south eastern corner of Hwange National Park in Zimbabwe. Access is via a 1 hour light aircraft flight or 4 hour road transfer from Victoria Falls or Bulawayo. You can also do a 2 hour road transfer from Victoria Falls to Dete and then a 2.5 hour rail car transfer from Dete Station.
The lodge has 11 tents and one thatched bungalow:
There are 5 Saddlebill Tents with views across the Ngamo Plain to Bomani Pan, raised teak deck, twin double beds, standing fan, ensuite shower, toilet and basin and 4 Spurwing Tents overlooking the lodge watering hole, with comfortable beds, overhead fans, ensuite shower, toilet, basin, lounge and a veranda ideal for private dining.
The Sable Family Suite is built amongst a grove of Camelthorn trees and slightly away from the rest of the lodge to give it some privacy. The family suite has splendid views across the Ngamo Plains with regular wildlife sightings as animals move in to drink from the nearby Bomani Pan. The suite has 2 large bedrooms both with ensuite bathrooms which have luxurious baths and delightful outdoor showers. The suite has a large open plan lounge and dining room to enjoy optional private dining.
The Thatched Bungalow is a brick under thatch chalet which is elegantly furnished and luxurious with a private ensuite bathroom, hot running water and electricity by generator. The private veranda provides close-up view of the water hole and this lodge is the closest of all the lodgings to the main lodge area.
The main lodge is an open fronted thatch building with teak viewing deck overlooking the lodge waterhole. There is a lounge, dining room and bar with overhead fans and free WIFI and cell phone reception in the main area. A splash pool is set in raised wooden decking overlooking the lodge waterhole.
ACTIVITIES AND WILDLIFE
Hwange National Park is the largest National Park in Zimbabwe and was granted Game Reserve status in 1928 and proclaimed a National Park in 1961.
Hwange has an incredible diversity of wildlife and boasts more varieties of mammal and bird species than any other Zimbabwean National Park. There are over 100 species of mammals, including 19 large herbivores such as buffalo, eland, sable and wildebeest and over 400 bird species. The area is particularly famous for its population of elephant - some 44,000 strong based on the latest aerial survey - and combined with the elephants of northern Botswana this is the world’s largest contiguous elephant population.
The southern two thirds of the park are ecologically defined by deep Kalahari sands which support impressive forests of Zambezi teak and other hardwoods. Scattered within these woodlands are ancient fossil lakebeds and drainage lines which are now large savannah grasslands fringed with acacia and leadwood trees.
Bomani and Camelthorn are located close to Ngamo - this mix of open grasslands and woodlands provides the perfect mosaic of habitats for the full spectrum of both grazing and browsing herbivores resident in Hwange and the carnivores that prey on them - lion, leopard, painted dog and both species of hyena - spotted and the seldom seen brown. This abundance of wildlife set in both woodlands and open grasslands provides some of the best year-round game viewing to be found anywhere in Zimbabwe.
During the wet season months from December through March the ancient lake systems still fill with water and the open grasslands are flooded, attracting migratory birds from all over Eurasia and Africa. Over 300 species have been recorded in the Bomani and Camelthorn area, both migrants and residents.
In the far south of the Park is the Dzivanini wilderness area with only one concession, where Jozibanini Camp is located. Remote and very wild, Jozi is for the more adventurous who wish to see the wildlife there and explore the fossil sand dunes and ancient elephant trails between them.
Northern Hwange is distinctly different from the south, drained by the Lukosi and Deka Sand Rivers and dominated by mopane woodlands, hills and kopjes. Set firmly astride the southern and western Kalahari Sand and northern mopane woodlands ecotone is Nehimba Lodge. A fascinating feature of the north west are the natural seeps such as Nehimba and Shakwanki where elephant and other animals still dig for water.
The grasslands of the Shumba area add further diversity and the dams such as Masumo and Mandavu make for wonderful day trips and picnic lunches. Another fascinating all day game drive trip in northern Hwange is to visit some of the interesting ancient archaeological sites at places such as Bumbuzi and the Mtoa Ruins, important to the history of Chief Hwange and the Nambya people resident north of the Park.
Game Drives – morning game drives with tea, coffee and biscuits and afternoon drives with drinks and snacks are in open safari vehicles driven by experienced guides
Game Walks – usually taken in the mornings with a highly experienced professional guide. Walking is brilliant to get closer to all the small things you may miss whilst on a game drive and are Ideal for photography of big game on foot.
Underground Blind - Camelthorn has a 6m long underground blind with ensuite flush toilet
strategically positioned in the shade of a Leadwood tree. Designed to take advantage of both the sunsets and the evening light at elephant toe level this blind is great fun for taking up-close photos of elephants and other wildlife at unusual angles.
Night Drives – to view the array of nocturnal wildlife found in the area are normally on return from the afternoon activity or after supper – particularly when lion are heard calling nearby.
Pump Runs - Imvelo Safari Lodges operates 8 waterholes for the wildlife within this area of the park, the furthest of which is 55 km into the Park. The lodge offers an all day trip into the park to visit the waterholes and drop fuel and oil for the motors and rations and supplies for the pump attendants. A picnic lunch is then enjoyed near one of the waterholes before taking an afternoon game drive back to the lodge
School Tours and Village Visits – the village of Tsholothso is 15 minutes’ drive from the lodge and you will have the opportunity to experience village life in rural Matabeleland and visit a local school.
Daily Horse Rides - the open grasslands and forest groves of the Ngamo Plains is ideal for horse-riding and several activity options have been designed for riders of different experience levels. There is a weight restriction of 90kgs and no children under 16 years of age (children 7 years and above are permitted on the Beginner Bush Experience).
All rides are tailored to rider’s experience and led by experienced, qualified guides and trackers. The pace is determined by safety and terrain and is mostly fast walking and trotting and where safe a canter and gallop. Rides are from 1 hour to an 8 hour excursion.
Spa treatments are available at your private villa on the maisonette level, overlooking the unspoilt acacia woodlands or a destination treatment can be arranged in the Camelthorn concession, close to the lodge, enjoying the sights and sounds of nature.
Ecotourism focuses on socially responsible travel whereby portions of the funds generated from visitors are used to directly benefit and empower local communities and promote environmental sustainability.
Game water supplies and Imvelo’s interactive ‘pump runs’ that involve guests directly, mobile dental clinics, village boreholes, water pumps, building schools and school libraries and providing educational aids… the list goes on. Imvelo has spent over 20 years creating symbiotic relationships between man and nature and have formed some mutually beneficial relationships with its surroundings.
Some if Imvelo’s conservation initiatives include providing game water supplies, fire protection, wildlife buffer zones, raptor protection and education, rural conservation awareness, anti-poaching initiatives and support and presence and support in peripheral areas of the park.
Some of the company’s community initiatives include providing clean water, providing health care, education and all the lodges are part of Zimbabwe’s CAMPFIRE looking at local community involvement in tourism and wildlife conservation.
BOMANI TENTED LODGE IS CLOSED FROM THE 6TH FEBRUARY TO THE 29TH FEBRUARY EVERY YEAR
THE CAMP WELCOME FAMILIES WITH CHILDREN AGED 7 YEARS AND OLDER