Image © Camelthorn Lodge / Imvelo Safari Lodges

Camelthorn Lodge is constructed around a beautiful Camelthorn tree, within the Tsholotsho Communal area, inside of the Rhino Sanctuary and is directly linked with local communities on the edge of Hwange National Park. The lodge was built for and by the community whose land it calls home. Unique in its style and design and strategically placed to explore the remote and unspoilt South Eastern region of Hwange National Park, where guests can enjoy walking safaris and day/night game drives with highly experienced Guides, in this wildlife rich region.

Camelthorn Lodge has just 8 Forest Villas, nestled into the wilderness that surrounds it and each with a private upstairs veranda with hammocks, ideal for a siesta or a night ‘under the stars’.

Less than a kilometre away from the lodge, there is an underground hide, camouflaged as a termite heap and buried under an ancient Mitswiri tree located in front of a waterhole in the park.  The hide offers a fantastic experience of viewing the wildlife up close and offers superb photographic opportunities, as Elephants can be photographed at a distance of 25 feet – getting within such close proximity to these incredible creatures is breath-taking.

Imvelo Safari Lodges, who own and manage Camelthorn Lodge, are dedicated to providing safaris with purpose and passion and are working to empower local communities and promote environmental sustainability.  This includes the employment of over 100 local people, school and education improvement, fresh water supplies and mobile health clinics. In addition to the numerous benefits and inputs they direct into the communities, they operate a range of programmes specifically aimed at improving and assisting  wildlife and land.

8 Double Level Forest Villas.

Large bedroom with overhead fans and fireplace, large glass sliding doors, mini bar and en-suite lounge, with a king-sized bed or twin bed option, en-suite bathroom with bath in front of picture window, shower, double basin and toilet, outdoor maisonette via spiral stairway provides an outdoor deck/roof with hammocks.

Four of the villas have plunge pools on the upstairs veranda, these are subject to request at time of reservation.

• Ceiling fans
• Fire place
• Stocked minibar facility
• Coffee and tea tray
• Hair dryer
• Mosquito net and repellent
• Emergency whistle and air horn
• Electronic safes
• Mobile LED lamp
• Bath robes
• Free daily laundry (weather dependent)

Camp Facilities
• Closed in dining room protected from the elements with 3 fireplaces
• Open fronted reception area
• Open fronted bar and lounge area on a raised teak deck
• Open patio area under the Camelthorn, ideal for enjoying leisurely brunches and candlelit dinners under the stars on warm evenings
• Electricity by solar
• Free WiFi in the main lodge area
• Cell phone reception

• Morning, evening & full day game drives
• Night drives
• Walking safaris
• Birding
• Game viewing Hide
• Pump Runs
• In-house spa treatments available – prices on request
• Ngamo Community Experience – School tours and village visits
• Walking with Rhino and a visit to the CRCI Imvelo Ngamo sanctuary
• Elephant Express rail car
•Green season canoeing available on the Ngamo Plains from January – March 2024 weather dependant and on special request

Lodge Season & Opening
Children under the age of 7 are only allowed by special arrangement subject to restrictions and at the sole discretion of lodge management.


Camelthorn Lodge can be accessed via light aircraft from Victoria Falls Airport (1 hour ) to Bomani Airstip followed by a transfer to the lodge. Bomani Airstrip is open only seasonally. During the rainy season light air charters usually land and take off from Sipepa – about 1 hour drive from the Lodge.

For more information on Camelthorn Lodge contact our team of expert Travel Consultants who will be delighted to tailor-make your Zimbabwe travel itinerary.

For a no-obligation quotation,  simply contact us via our free online Request A Quote  service.

Prices & Booking Enquiries:

Pries from USD$675 per person, per night.
Based on 2 adults sharing 1 Room.

• Accommodation, all meals, soft drinks, beers, wines & local spirits,
• Laundry
• Wi-Fi in main lodge area
• Transfers from Bomani Airstrip, Sipepa Airstrip (1 hour road transfer), or Ngamo Siding (20 min road transfer)
• Game activities as available including walks, drives, all day excursions, hide sits, night drives
• Ngamo community experience, school tour (*school visits not available in April, August and December – Mid January during school holidays)

• Rhino Conservation and Community Levy of $150 per person per booking
• Hwange National Park fees
• Private Guide and Vehicle – for private guides/vehicle please contact us.

Any of our own Gamewatchers team of Safari Advisors based in the USA, Canada, the UK, India and Australia will be glad to be of service in arranging your safari, helping you plan your trip, confirming prices, answering your questions and booking your choice of safari camps and lodges for you.

Our Safari Advisors have helped many hundreds of our guests to plan their trips and will be delighted to assist you and to help you plan your ideal safari.

For contact details of all our overseas based Safari Advisors in UK, USA, Canada, Australia, India and South America click here, or call us using the numbers below:

USA & Canada USA & Canada Tel: +1-877-710-3014 (Julie Roggow) or +1-519-686-4776 (Rick McIntyre)

UK & EU UK & EU Tel: +44 (0)7986-978985 (Wayne Hammond)

Kenya Kenya Tel: +254 (0)774-136523

Concerned about the security of your booking and your own safety while on safari?

We fully appreciate your concerns when it comes to booking a safari in Africa and you can rest assured that your financial security when booking and your own personal safety when on safari is our highest priority. Gamewatchers Safaris is a member of the Kenya Association of Tour Operators bonding scheme, backed by a leading insurance company, to ensure your payments are fully protected if a bonded KATO member ceases trading.