Overview

 

A unique, small and intimate eco-lodge reclaimed from a bygone era for true safari lovers who want to get off the beaten track and discover the pristine wilderness and abundant wildlife of Northern Hwange National Park in Zimbabwe.

 

Perched up on a bluff overlooking a large dam with resident crocodile and hippo, the lodge boasts one of the best views in the park. Built from the foundations of an old Zimparks outpost, and using as many eco principles as possible, the refurbished lodge embodies the very essence of conservation and responsible tourism by re-purposing, preserving and celebrating the natural heritage of the site.

 

A hidden gem within a hidden gem, experience this unique and intimate eco-lodge reclaimed from a bygone era. Hideaways Nantwich Lodge has a history closely tied to that of Hwange National Park, as described here by acclaimed author Tony Park. Nantwich Lodge attracts true safari lovers who want to get off the beaten track and discover the pristine wilderness and abundant wildlife of Northern Hwange National Park in Zimbabwe. Perched up on a hill overlooking a large dam with resident crocodile and hippo, the game lodge boasts some of the best game viewing in the area. This remote safari lodge in Hwange National Park promotes conservation and responsible tourism by preserving the natural heritage of this great wilderness.

 

From USD 385 per person sharing (Green Season)

 

Season
All Year

 

Child Policy
Children aged 7 years and older are welcome.

 


 

Highlights of the Lodge:

  • 6 standard rooms and 3 superior rooms
  • Front-row seats to exceptional game viewing in Hwange National Park
  • Highest concentration of Big Cats, especially lions, in the park due to mega herds of buffalo.
  • Ideal all-year safari destination
  • Swimming pool and spa
  • Private hide overlooking the dam

 

Things to do:

  • Night Drives
  • Game Drives
  • Guided Bush Walks
  • Game viewing in The Hidden Eye

 

Zimbabwe offers unique experiences you won’t find anywhere else. From witnessing the awe-inspiring Victoria Falls to exploring Hwange, its largest national park, there’s something for everyone, whether you love adventure, safaris, birdwatching, or just exploring. And with Hideaways Africa, you’ll always find the perfect place to stay.

 

 

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  • Location

    The lodge is situated in the northern part of Hwange National Park,

  • Facilities

     

    The main area

    The main communal area consists of inside and outside lounge and dining spaces, a communal Boma area and
    a curio shops. An open display kitchen allows guests to observe and interact with chefs as their meals are being.
    prepared. The main area overlooks a waterhole and large dam where wildlife frequents throughout the day.

     

    Another outside dining area is located at the pool which is separate and allows for alternative dining with views.
    over the plains and easy access to the pool, perfect for lunch time. There is also a natural eco-swimming pool with grand views over the plains. Complimentary WIFI is available in the main area.

     

    Solar Power and use of energy

    The lodge runs on dual grid and solar power. During the day electricity is from solar whilst at night it is from
    both batteries and grid power. All lights are LED low energy usage. As an eco-lodge, staff make a concerted.
    effort to keep lights switched off where possible.

     

    Eco friendly Pool

    Our pool is a natural infinity pool, with water flowing into a natural pan for wildlife. The system is designed to eliminate the use of harmful chemicals.

     

    Water Supply

    Water is supplied from our underground borehole and waste water is cleaned using designed septic system where possible. Once the water has been cleaned it is returned to the soil.

     

    Guest amenities

    All guest amenities including shampoo, conditioner, hand and body lotion, foam bath, liquid gel and soaps are
    sourced from eco-friendly suppliers. These are endorsed by ‘Beauty without Cruelty’, and where possible, use
    organic ingredients which are biodegradable.

     

    Rooms

    Each room has been lovingly recreated in an eco-friendly way, adding a refreshing modern touch and a new purpose. We have repurposed existing into stylish and useful accents around the lodge, a prime example of true African innovation. All nine rooms sleep two guests with four of them having inter-leading doors allowing for families or friends to share yet still have privacy.

    • En-suite bathroom with shower and double basin
    • Outside bath
    • Mosquito netting
    • Wireless internet at the main lodge building
    • Dining area
    • Inside and outside lounge areas
    • Swimming Pool
    • Credit card facilities.
    • Solar power geysers
    • Safe

  • Accommodation

     

    Standard Room
    (6 ROOMS)

    Each room has been lovingly recreated in an eco-friendly way, adding a refreshing modern touch and a new purpose. We have repurposed existing into stylish and useful accents around the lodge, a prime example of true African innovation. All six rooms sleep two guests with four of them having inter-leading doors allowing for families or friends to share yet still have privacy.

    Superior Room

    (3 ROOMS)

    Each room has been lovingly recreated in an eco-friendly way, adding a refreshing modern touch and a new purpose. We have repurposed existing into stylish and useful accents around the lodge, a prime example of true African innovation. All three rooms sleep two guests.

     

    Standard Room

     

    Superior Room

  • Activties

     

    Activities on offer at the lodge

    Game drives.

    Search for wildlife in an open-air safari vehicle in Hwange National Park. Professional guides embark with our guests in search of wildlife during day and night-game drives. Guests are escorted through the Hwange region in an open game drive vehicle that safely transports them to all the wildlife hotspots.

    Your guide is an expert in his field and will share his niche knowledge with you while also tailoring your journey to what you are most interested in. Game drives are either half-day (in the morning or afternoon), full-day, or in the evening for nocturnal game viewing.

     

    Guided Walks:


    The flat plains that Nantwich is known for makes an excellent environment for guided bush walks. The terrain is comfortable to traverse and wildlife is easily viewable. Our expert guides ensure that guests are safe on these walks, while sharing their unique insights about this remote area. Unique to the area are the natural springs close by.

     

    The Hidden Eye (Safari Hide)

    Nantwich
    The Hidden Eye is our extraordinary new hide at Nantwich Lodge, a haven designed to captivate and delight our esteemed guests. Nestled amidst the breathtaking natural landscape, this hide embodies the epitome of game viewing excellence.

     

    Crafted with meticulous precision, our hide seamlessly merges with the surrounding environment, ensuring minimal disruption to the wildlife that frequents the area. Immerse yourself in the heart of nature’s magnificence, as you witness firsthand the mesmerizing dance of animals in their natural habitat.

     

    Conservation Talks

    The Nantwich Library is a sanctuary for knowledge seekers, here guests can find books on the wildlife, birdlife and history of the area, as well as informative maps and interesting artifacts. It is also the location of enlightening conservation talks led by passionate experts. These interactive sessions are where guests become truly engaged in the raison d’etre of Hwange National Park become inspired to protect the last remaining wild spaces of Africa.

     

    Activities available at an additional charge.

     

    Spa Treatment

    Nothing quite beats a pampering session in the wild African bush, hence the introduction of our in-house Eco spa at our lodge. Enjoy a variety of luxurious treatments in the natural tranquility of mother nature and
    experience the perfect spa and safari holiday in Hwange.

     

    The spa’s philosophy is about rejuvenating the mind, body, and soul through a unique combination of African and Western massage techniques. Set in the magnificent natural surroundings, indulge yourself with some unique treatments and excellent game viewing at the same time on your Hwange safari.

     

     

  • Fast Facts

    Fast Facts
    TYPE
    Lodge
    NO. ROOMS
    9
    CHECK-IN TIME
    14:00
    CHECK-OUT TIME
    10:00
    SPOKEN LANGUAGES
    English
    SPECIAL INTERESTS
    Adventure, Big 5, Birding, Flora, History & Culture, Leisure, Nature, Relaxation, Star Gazing, Wildlife

  • Cuisine

     

    Food

    We utilize the surrounding villages to supply fresh produce to the lodge where possible. This will facilitate empowering the local farmers and support the villages in a continuous and sustainable way.

    The lodge has a herb garden which is used to flavor guests’ delicious meals.

  • Why stay there. the experience and when to travel

     

    Your Experience

    A hidden gem within a hidden gem, Nantwich is a lodge to which you’ll want to return again and again. Receive front row seats to one of the best wildlife stages in Africa and play an active role in your own safari experience. The stage is set for interactive experiences with our passionate team, their intimate knowledge of the wilderness area and your dreams of a truly memorable safari holiday. Wonderfully remote, there are fewer people in this part of the park and excellent game viewing awaits. The lodge provides exceptional views and extensive walking safari opportunities – for a truly immersive African wildlife experience.

     

    Become a Hwange expert through guided bush walks and game drives. When not busy exploring the surrounding bush or spying wildlife right from your chalet, the Main Lodge is where you will find the open lounge and dining area, as well as a well-equipped library. Here, you won’t just be a visitor but a budding conservationist or African wildlife enthusiast. Your first fun fact? This part of the park has the highest density of lions in the park and those in the know refer to it as Big Cat country.

     

    For the first time visitor to Africa looking to experience the continent’s remarkable wildlife in an authentic setting or the seasoned safari traveller looking to get off the beaten track and away from crowds and other vehicles, Nantwich is the perfect one-stop African destination.

     

    When to travel

    The position of our game lodge in Hwange, Zimbabwe ensures you have a virtual all-year safari destination in Southern Africa. Aim for the cooler, dry season between July and October for an optimum safari experience as waterholes attract a great variety of animals and the bush thins out well to ensure great wildlife viewing.

     

    Daytime temperatures are in the mid 20’s but drop considerably at night to below 10 degrees Celsius. For those with a special interest in birds, the best time to book a stay at Nantwich Lodge is between November and April when the wet summer months attract a host of migratory species. Just be aware that temperatures can exceed 30 degrees Celsius, so protection against the sun is a must.

     

  • Getting there

     

    The position of Nantwich Lodge as a Hwange National Park camp makes it the perfect mid-way stop between the southern and eastern regions of this wilderness area as well as connecting to Chobe National Park in Botswana. Situated in the northwest corner of Hwange, it is also the closest lodge to Victoria Falls.

     

    A short 30-minute flight or easy 1 ½ hour road transfer from Vic Falls will bring you to our Hwange safari camp.

     

    GPS CO-ORDINATES: Nantwich, Hwange – 18°35’46.72″S 25°54’10.80″E

  • Hwange National Park

     

    Climate

    Winter Months – Mid May, June, July, early August, although the days are warm with beautiful blue skies, the evenings can get extremely cold and temperatures below freezing are not uncommon, so definitely bring warm clothing. It’s cold I promise you!

    Summer months – September through to May. Hot to extremely hot days and warm evenings.

    Rainy season – Generally between late November and April although the occasional rain can occur out of these dates.

     

    Best Game Viewing Months
    August, September, October and early November are by far the best months for game viewing in this park. Water becomes extremely scarce and the animals congregate around the few pumped waterholes. Sitting patiently and quietly at one of these water holes will reward you with very good game viewing.

     

    During the rainy season from late November through to April, a completely different park emerges to that of the dry season. Parched savannahs turn into lush fields with an abundance of grazing. The animals disperse and game viewing becomes limited. It’s called the green season and has it’s own magic as this is when the park and all the animals rejuvenate themselves, feeding like crazy on the abundance of food. Newly born animals can be seen everywhere and the birdlife is absolutely prolific.

     

    It is situated in the southwest of Zimbabwe between Bulawayo and Victoria Falls.

    Credit Victoria Falls Guide

     

    Some of the animals found in Hwange National Park

     

    Cheetah

     

    Lioness

     

    Heards of elephants

     

    Sables

     

    Zebra & Sables

  • Rates 2024

     

    From USD 385 per person sharing

     

    SADC rates are available on request.

     

    Includes:
    Accommodation, all meals, water, soft drinks, beers, ciders, mixers, and house wine, 2 shared activities per day (game
    drives/walks – walks are subject to availability and season dependent), laundry.

     

    Excludes:
    Imported and premium brand drinks, transfers, Grow Africa Levy USD 10.00 per person per night, park fees USD 20.00 (Adult) per person per day, USD 10.00 (children 7-12) per person, per day.

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Google Map for Hwange National Park, Zimbabwe

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