JOZIBANINI CAMP - HWANGE NATIONAL PARK
Jozibanini Camp is situated in a private concession in the remote south west of Hwange National Park in a wilderness unused for nearly 20 years; only the wildlife and the Parks rangers who look after it frequent this area, once roamed by San people. This is a small, truly exclusive camp in a truly wild place, providing a unique, untamed wilderness experience.
We recommend Jozibanini Camp as a two day add-on if you are staying at Imvelo’s other Hwange properties - Bomani, Camelthorn or Nehimba. If you are looking for adventure and really getting off the beaten track to do something worthwhile, your day-long transfer to Jozibanini will be a ‘pump run’ resupplying waterholes with a picnic lunch enroute. This is a very unique experience and offers the chance to get involved in the incredible game water supply programme Imvelo is running.
Once at Jozibanini you can enjoy morning, afternoon and all day game drives, game walks, pump runs, mountain biking and a fabulous look-up hide where you can take some amazing photos of wildlife from a very different perspective – even at night by moonlight!
Jozibanini Camp is located in the remote south west of Hwange National Park in Zimbabwe. Access is via 6 hour road transfer from Bomani, Camelthorn or Nehimba via a game drive with a picnic lunch enroute. From Victoria Falls Airport it is a 1 hour flight to Libuti Airstrip where you are met and then a 15 minute road transfer to camp.
There are just 5 canvas tents on raised decks which overlook Jozibanini Pan with open topped verandas wide enough to take a bed out for a night under the stars. All beds are fitted with wheels allowing them to be easily moved onto the tent deck and have mosquito nets. The tents use mobile LED lamp and solar LED lighting. The tents have ensuite open air bathroom with toilet and bucket shower.
The main area has an open air dining area and lounge and there is no WIFI or cell phone reception and no electricity in camp.
ACTIVITIES AND WILDLIFE
Hwange National park is one of Africa’s great Parks and is home to over 100 species of mammals including 19 large herbivore and 8 large carnivore species and nearly 400 species of birds. Hwange is elephant country and much of the game viewing relates to opportunities to view these - the largest land mammals - in a completely wild state.
The ecosystem here is semi-desert akin to the Kalahari in neighbouring Botswana. Ancient windblown fossil sand dunes are separated by shallow valleys where elephant paths have compacted the terrain, providing Imvelo with the opportunity for a unique experiment of game viewing by mountain bike. The remoteness of the location and the uniqueness of the environment offers an interesting and informative experience.
Jozibanini is situated in its own private concession and because the nearest other camp is a 4 hour drive to the north, you can look forward to a very exclusive experience across a vast swathe of Hwange.
Game Drives – morning, afternoon and all-day game drives with snacks in traditional open safari vehicles.
Game Walks - by a fully licensed and highly experienced professional guide usually in the mornings and ideal for photography of big game on foot.
Pump Runs - Imvelo Safari Lodges operate 15 waterholes for the wildlife of Hwange. Transfers to and from Jozibanini from Bomani or Camelthorn include calling at boreholes along the way to supply pump attendants and to make any necessary repairs.
The Look Up Game Viewing Hide - experience Hwange’s giants up close and only a few meters away from the safety of this specialized 6m long underground blind with ensuite flush toilet.
Experimental Mounting Biking - experience Hwange from a very unique perspective - on a mountain bike! Deep Kalahari sands make much of Hwange inappropriate for biking, but geography and elephants have worked together to make it a possibility here.
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.
JOZIBANINI IS CLOSED FROM NOVERMBER THROUGH TO MID APRIL EVERY YEAR
THE CAMP WELCOMES FAMILIES WITH CHILDREN AGED 7 YEARS AND OLDER