Davison's Camp (Hwange
National Park) Zimbabwe
Davison's Camp lies deep in Hwange National Park, in the
south-eastern Linkwasha Concession - one of the best game
viewing areas of the entire Park. It is a classic African
tented camp, with the units tastefully hidden beneath a
grove of false mopane trees, overlooking a waterhole and
Named after the founder of Hwange National Park and its
first warden, Ted Davison, this camp, with its 8 tents and a
family tent, offers a wonderful bush experience. Both the
tents and the separate main area, comprising a lounge,
dining room, and open campfire area, look out over the
Davison's Camp consists of nine tented chalets, each with
a concrete veranda decked out with a couple of metal chairs
and a table, and overlooking the waterhole. The chalets are
fairly basic but comfortable, with ceiling fans and concrete
block floors covered by two or three rugs. A canvas roof
provides protection from the elements while extremely wide
and broad mesh windows give high and wide vistas of the pan.
In addition to two double and six twin bed chalets at
Davison's there is also a new family chalet. This is similar
to the normal double chalet, but has had a recent extension
added. This is a nice modern addition to the camp with an
equally up-to-date en-suite bathroom. It's also worth noting
that the camp is often willing to provide an extra mattress
on the floor to allow three people per tent on request.
Each tented chalet at Davison's is connected to the main
area along a well-worn elephant path which is clearly marked
out. At night the path is well lit by artificial lights.
The chalets all have en-suite bathrooms with an indoor
shower (hot and cold running water), a deep soapstone sink
and a flushing toilet. There is also an impressive
varnished-wood partition that separates the bathroom from
the rest of the chalet and provides storage space too.
Complimentary toiletries and linen are of course provided.
The main area at Davison's is in the centre of the camp
and forms a V-shaped structure with a dining room in one
wing and a lounge area in the other. It's very open and airy
with solid concrete floors largely covered by substantial
The wood-and-canvas walls on one side of this area
conceal the entrance road to camp while opposite, one
completely open side allows views of the pan in front of
Davison's. The dining room consists of a long table
(everyone usually eats together), with tea and coffee
available throughout the day from a side table.
In the other wing, the comfortable lounge has a small bar
at one end and is cooled by fans during the day.
Activities include game drives in open 4x4 vehicles, or
guided walks in the early mornings, while during the siesta
hours, guests can view wildlife coming down to the waterhole
to drink from their tent veranda or the main area.
Game viewing is productive year-round in the Linkwasha
Concession and wildlife frequently encountered here includes
lion, large herds of elephant, buffalo, leopard, white
rhino, spotted hyaena, southern giraffe, sable, blue
wildebeest, impala, common waterbuck and reedbuck.
There are a number of large, open plains areas which make
for excellent game viewing; in summer, wildebeest, zebra and
eland are found in abundance here, while in winter the
waterholes are magnets around which elephant in enormous
numbers congregate to drink.
Accommodation Rates:- From $420
per person per nigh, Seasonal Rates vary.