DEKA CAMP - HWANGE NATIONAL PARK
Deka Camp is perched on the top of the low foothills in a private concession in the far north west of Hwange National Park and is probably the most remote camp in Hwange with the chance to walk and game drive some of the wildest areas in Southern Africa.
The camp has just 8 luxury tents made of thatch, local rock and canvas and the camp overlooks the Deka floodplains and seeps which are the head waters of the Deka river.
Part of the Machaba family of camps, Deka Camp offers game drives, walking safaris, night drives and birdwatching.
Deka Camp is situated in the far north west of Hwange National park and is a 40 minute game drive from robins airstrip.
Access is via a road transfer from Victoria Falls to Robins (3 hours) and then a game drive to camp which takes around 45 minutes. If flying it takes around 20 minutes and the nearest airstrip is Robin’s Airstrip. On arrival you are met and transferred to camp via a game drive which takes around 40 minutes.
The camp has just 8 luxury tents and the style of the camp is local rock and canvas walls with thatch roofs. The tents have comfortable beds with crisp linen and ensuite bathrooms with hot and cold running water and a flush toilet. Outside there is a seating area on the deck with camp chairs and fabulous view. The camp is designed to blend with the environment and the style compliments this.
The main area is thatched on wooden decks with canvas sides which can be rolled up to let more breeze through. There is an indoor dining area and the lounge has comfy seating with colourful sofas and chairs and coffee tables. The camp has a plunge pool set on a wooden deck with sun loungers overlooking the plains in front of the camp. There is limited WIFI in camp just away from the main area.
Deka Camp has 220V plug points in all the tents which can be used to charge batteries and sleep apnoea machines but are not suitable for hairdryers and electric shavers.
ACTIVITIES AND WILDLIFE
Home to over 40,000 elephants, all the big cats and more than 400 species of birds, Hwange National Park offers one of Africa’s top safari experiences.
The area is famous for its large concentrations of animals including elephant. Due to the existence of year round water seeps this area is ideal for walking and game drives producing incredible wildlife sightings.
The seeps of Deka Plains offer a permanent water source which attracts daily visits by the famous elephant herds of Hwange. Hundreds of plains game are also a common sight, as are packs of African wild dogs hunting on the floodplains. At night the air is alive with the calls of lion and leopard.
Game Drives - early morning and sunset game drives which are around 3.5 hours long or enjoy a full day drive with picnic lunch.
Night Drives - are very different from daytime game drives. As the heavy sun dips below the horizon the world takes on a different scent, sound and shape. Armed only with a red filter night light your guide will spot the nocturnal wildlife – lions hunting, the rare porcupine or aardvark.
Walking Safaris - embark on a guided walk with your ranger as you learn about wildlife, fauna and flora in the area. You normally drive to a good walking area first.
Birding Safaris - Hwange National Park around 420 species of bird on file.
Machaba Safaris assists disadvantaged communities close to Hwange National Park. Through thier work with the Mabale village and Hwange Main Camp School Machaba engage in community development including skills development/empowerment and education.
DEKA CAMP IS OPEN ALL YEAR ROUND
THE CAMP WELCOME FAMILIES WITH CHILDREN AGED 6 YEARS AND OLDER
PLEASE NOTE THAT NO CHILDREN UNDER 12 ARE ALLOWED TO PARTICIPATE IN WALKING SAFARIS