LINKWASHA CAMP - LINKWASHA CONCESSION - HWANGE NATIONAL PARK
Linkwasha is situated in a private concession in one of the best wildlife locations in Hwange National Park near the Ngamo Plains where wildlife gathers in large numbers during summer. Wildlife viewing is superb year-round and there is excellent viewing from the camp itself - Linkwasha overlooks a pan that is a magnet for game.
This luxurious camp has 9 luxurious tents overlook the plains and is an eclectic mix of contemporary interiors and Ndebele culture. The main area includes various multi-level decks, amongst them a cosy library, fireplace and shaded salas surrounding an inviting pool. A highlight is the chance to sleep under a sky of stars on the romantic Star Bed which looks onto a waterhole.
Alongside the non-profit partner Children in the Wilderness the camp works closely with the surrounding communities and schools ensuring they benefit from conservation and sustainable ecotourism. You can enjoy a local village visit which often includes a guided tour of the school, meeting the headman or participating in community projects.
Linkwasha is located in the private Linkwasha Concession in the Hwange National Park in Zimbabwe. Access is either by a 3 - 4 hours road transfer or light aircraft flight from Victoria Falls.
There are eight canvas tents each with comfortable beds swathed in mosquito netting. The tents have ensuite facilities with a double vanity basin, tea and coffee making facilities and an electronic safe. The rooms are cooled by an air-conditioning unit and ceiling and pedestal fans.
Bathrobes, liquid soap, shampoo and conditioner, body lotion, insect repellent, shower caps, vanity kit with two cotton tipped swabs and cotton balls, tissue dispenser, washing powder, umbrella, room spray and a mosquito coil are supplied in each tent.
Additionally, there is one family canvas tent with two rooms - a main bedroom and a living room that can be converted into a second bedroom - each with their own bathroom. The main bathroom has a shower and bathtub, and the second bathroom has a shower and single vanity basin.
The main area has various multilevel decks, a pool area and a winter lounge with a library all overlooking the waterhole.
WILDLIFE AND ACTIVITIES
Hwange’s mix of different veld and landscape types means that game viewing is superb year-round. Wildlife that you might be able see in the area include lion, large herds of elephant, buffalo, cheetah, leopard, spotted hyaena, giraffe, sable, blue wildebeest, impala, waterbuck and reedbuck. In summer, wildebeest, zebra and eland are found in abundance on the open plains while in winter elephant congregate in enormous numbers around the waterholes. Birdlife in the area is prolific (400+) and varied.
Game Drives - with access to two of the best private concessions in Hwange game drives at Linkwasha offer the chance to see the large herds as well as carnivores – lion, hyena and cheetah.
Guided Nature Walks - Hwange was proclaimed some 80 years ago and has served as a haven for one of the densest concentrations of game in Africa. There is no better way to experience this park than on foot with one of the camp’s experienced safari guides.
Sunken Hide at The Waterhole in Front of Camp - there is something incredibly thrilling about being hidden out of sight while animals like elephant go about their day, splashing in the waters and drinking, completely oblivious to your presence. The sunken hide in front of camp is the ideal place to set up for an afternoon, a secret spot to watch the comings and goings of wildlife.
Evening Drives – a night drive offers the chance to see many less-frequently-seen species such as lesser bushbaby, spotted hyaena, pangolin, caracal, porcupine, springhare, scrub hare, Selous mongoose and honey badger.
Village Visit - a village experience takes place in a manner that is respectful to all parties. Usually around four hours and guided by one of the local villagers or a Wilderness guide, it often includes a guided tour of the school, meeting the headman or headwoman and enjoying cultural exchanges with the villagers.
As the concessionaire of the private Linkwasha and Makalolo areas in south-eastern Hwange National Park Wilderness have formed partnerships with the Zimbabwe Parks, Wildlife Management Authority (ZPWMA) and other conservation entities as well as the local community to help protect wildlife and support communities in surrounding villages.
During the dry season, Hwange’s water resources are tested to the limit. The 14 pumps within their 523km² concessions must therefore be maintained and refuelled daily to ensure a vital water supply for Hwange’s wildlife. From early April, the pumping season gets into full swing with the pumps running 24 hours a day right through until the end of November or sometimes December, when summer rains arrive. To keep up with the elephants alone is a major task – about 70 000 litres of water per pump per 24 hours!
Wilderness Safaris and the Wilderness Wildlife Trust are supporting a study that aims to gain a better understanding of elephant movements and habitat use in Hwange where elephant density is particularly high. Ten elephants have been collared and are being monitored
Wilderness also work with ZPWMA, the Scorpions Anti-Poaching Unit which protects 56 000 hectares (138 000 acres) in the south-eastern region of Hwange. Since inception in 2011 the unit has made great progress in reducing poaching levels within the Park and Wilderness support them through funding, assisting in patrols and removing snares. Depending on the unit's movements, guests are sometimes able to visit and interact with the team and learn more about their daily anti-poaching activities.
Some of the community work Wilderness are involved in are building classrooms, clinics and libraries, funding stationary and equipment, teacher training and establishing and supporting community initiatives. It provides one meal on every school day of the year to the children of five schools on the outskirts of Hwange.
LINKWASHA IS OPEN ALL YEAR ROUND
THE CAMP IS FAMILY FRIENDLY AND WELCOMES CHILDREN AGED 6 YEARS AND OLDER