Watching the sunset in the Tirasberg.

Zimbabwe is a beautiful country.  It's so sad to see how run down it is but the people we've met at camspites are unfailingly freindly, helpful  and cheeerful.

The map shows the campsites that we've used in Zimbabwe.  As we have not been there since 2012 some of the camps may not exist or have changed a lot.  Below the map is information about them, listed in alphabetical order. You can click on the places on the map or scroll down the page. Because of the map links the image will not change size on different devices.

Mana Pools campsite info Lake Chivero campsite info Chizarira campsite info Victoria Falls campsite info Hwange campsite info Nyanga campsite info Vumba campsite info Chimanimani campsite info Great Zimbabwe campsite info Gonarezhou campsite info Gweru campsite info Bulawayo campsite info Matopo campsite info

 Campsite Information

Antelope Park, Gweru

Antelope Park campsite.

 Last visited:   April 2012

 Location:   15km SW of Gweru. S19 30 24.0 E29 43 08.1

Contact:   antelopepark.co.zw

Ablutions:   Spotless. Hot water & showers.

Electric:    Yes. 

Sites:  The site is part of a lodge and next to a dam.

 Other:   There are some power points and free firewood. There's a pool bar & restaurant. They offer lots of activities (at a price!). It's sometimes used by overland groups.

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Bulawayo, Southern Comfort Lodge

Bulawayo, Southern Comfort Lodge campsite.

 Last visited:    July 2012

 Location:   On the outskirts of Bulawayo S20 11.253 E28 38.147

Contact:   none known

Ablutions:   Spotless. Hot showers.

Electric:    Yes. 

Sites:  A lovely quiet small site on the SE edge of Bulawayo. 

 Other:   There's a bar, restaurant, pool and free wi-fi internet access.

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Chimanimani National Park

Chimanimani National Park campsite.

 Last visited:   May 2012

 Location:   The Southernmost Park in the Eastern Highlands. S19 47 21.9 E32 59 30.4

Contact:   www.zimparks.org.zw

Ablutions:   Clean. No hot water as the donkey boiler was broken.

Electric:   No. 

Sites:  Several sites on terraces under shady Msasa trees. Each site has a braai and drinking water.

 Other:   Plenty of free firewood was supplied by the rangers.

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Chizarira National Park. Viewpoint Campsite.

Chizarira National Park. Viewpoint Campsite.

 Last visited:   August 2010

 Location:   S17 38.764 E27 52.613

Contact:   www.zimparks.org.zw

Ablutions:   Long drop toilet

Electric:   No. 

Sites:    Stunning location overlooking the Zambezi valley.

 Other:   This Park is very quiet and there's not much game but the views from the top of the escarpment are lovely and you'll probably have the place to yourself.

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Gonarezhou National Park. 1 - Chilojo

Gonarezhou National Park. Chilojo Camp campsite.

 Last visited:   May 2012

 Location:   Opposite the Chilojo Cliffs in the Park. S21 26 32.1 E32 05 13.7

Contact:   www.zimparks.org.zw

Ablutions:    Long-drop toilet.

Electric:   No. 

Sites:   In a beautiful location overlooking the Runde River and opposite the Chilojo Cliffs. We stayed at site 1 but thought that site 2 had a better outlook over the river.

 Other:   We stayed at site 1 but thought that site 2 had a better outlook over the river.

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Gonarezhou National Park. 2 - Chipinda Pools

Gonarezhou National Park. 2 - Chipinda Pools campsite.

 Last visited:   May 2012

 Location:   Near to the entrance gate to the Park. S21 17 02.2 E31 54 49.3

Contact:   www.zimparks.org.zw

Ablutions:   Spotless. 1 block per group of 3 sites. Hot water all the time.

Electric:   No. 

Sites:  Overlooking the Runde River. Most sites had good shade. Each site has a boma, braai, fire pit and drinking water.

 Other:   The camp is near the Park entrance and the sites are quite close together compared to the more remote bush camps.

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Great Zimbabwe. Lakeview Lodge

Great Zimbabwe. Lakeview Lodge campsite.

 Last visited:    May 2012

 Location:   10km East of Great Zimbabwe. S20 15 06.3 E31 00 09.4

Contact:   www.normajeanslakeview.com

Ablutions:   Spotless. Plenty of hot water.

Electric:    Yes. 

Sites:  The campsite has a covered boma, power and drinking water.

 Other:    A useful place to stop near the Great Zimbabwe ruins. It's also close to Lake Mutirikwi (used to be called Lake Kyle). The Lodge had beautiful gardens .

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Hwange National Park. 1 - Main Camp.

Hwange National Park. Main Camp. campsite.

 Last visited:    June 2012

 Location:   S18 43.981 E26 57.139

Contact:   www.zimparks.org.zw

Ablutions:   Run down due to no money being spent on maintenance. Hot water for showers some of the time.

Electric:    Yes, but you need a long lead and to see the local guy who will hook you up to the board at the ablutions block.

Sites:  Plenty of sites, quite close together with some shade.

 Other:   The attendants at the site were very helpful and were obviously trying their best with the ablutions despite the lack of money. Free firewood.  In addition to the main camps (which we found easy to book) there are smaller, more expensive sites at some waterholes around the Park however they do tend to get booked up.  

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Hwange National Park. 2 - Sinamatella Camp

Hwange National Park. Sinamatella Camp campsite.

 Last visited:    June 2012

 Location:   S18 35.139 E26 19.101

Contact:   www.zimparks.org.zw

Ablutions:   Run down due to no money being spent on maintenance. Hot water from a donkey boiler.

Electric:    Yes. 

Sites:   Another of the large camps. The best sites  overlook the river valley below.

 Other:   Very helpful attendants. Free firewood.  

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Lake Chivero. Kuimba Shiri Bird Park

Antelope Park campsite.

 Last visited:   August 2012

 Location:   30km SW of Harare next to Lake Chivero. S17 52 02.9 E30 48 08.3

Contact:   kuimbashiribirdpark.com

Ablutions:   Clean. Hot showers.

Electric:     No. 

Sites:  It's in a lovely location with views over the Lake and there's a covered boma.

 Other:    You're made to feel very welcome by the owners, Gary and Elcine. The Bird Park has large aviaries and specialises in raptors and owls. There are flying demonstration of eagles, falcons and owls.

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Mana Pools National Park. Nyamepi Camp

Mana Pools National Park. Nyamepi Camp campsite.

 Last visited:   April 2012

 Location:   S15 43.170 E29 22.025

Contact:   www.zimparks.org.zw

Ablutions:   Clean. Hot showers.

Electric:     No. 

Sites:  In a lovely location overlooking the Zambezi River and in the shade of huge mahogany and acacia trees.

 Other:   Undoubtably the most popular of the Zimbabwe Parks - and the most expensive!    

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Matopo National Park. Malale Dam

Matopo National Park. Malale Dam campsite.

 Last visited:    July 2010

 Location:   S20 32.706 E28 30.231

Contact:   www.zimparks.org.zw

Ablutions:   Run down but we usually got hot water.

Electric:    Yes. 

Sites:  There are a few sites quite close to the dam, some are overgrown.

 Other:   The ladies who looked after the site were very good. Free firewood.

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Nyanga National Park. Mare Caravan Park

Nyanga National Park. Mare Caravan Parkcampsite.

 Last visited:    May 2012

 Location:   The northernmost Park in the Eastern Highlands. .S18 17 08.3 E32 43 22.5

Contact:   www.zimparks.org.zw

Ablutions:   The gents was in better condition than the ladies. Clean. Lots of hot water from a donkey boiler.

Electric:     No. 

Sites:   Lots of sites.The campsite is close to (but not overlooking) Rhodes dam.

 Other:   We camped here in May and it was frosty in the mornings after a clear night. Plenty of free firewood was supplied by Simon who was looking after the site.

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Victoria Falls. Vic Falls Rest Camp

Sunset cruise from Victoria Falls Rest Camp.

 Last visited:   Ap 2010

 Location:   S17 55.553 E25 50.333

Contact:   www.vicfallsrestcamp.com

Ablutions:   Clean. Hot showers.

Electric:    Yes. 

Sites:  Close to the centre of town, Very convenient and safe.

 Other:   There's likely to be a few large overlanders' trucks but there's plenty of space. There's a pool, bar and restaurant. We did a sunset cruise (above photo) via the lodge which was very good.

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Vumba Botanic Gardens National Park

Vumba Botanic Gardens National Park campsite.

 Last visited:    May 2012

 Location:   25 km SE of Mutare in the Vumba Mountains. S19 06 49.1 E32 46 59.9

Contact:   www.zimparks.org.zw

Ablutions:   Clean. Hot water supplied some of the time by a rather temperamental donkey boiler.

Electric:     No. 

Sites:  In a lovely location overlooking the Mozambique lowlands below.

 Other:   The Botanic Gardens are gradually being restored after years of neglect. Plenty of free firewood was supplied by the rangers.

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Last updated: November 2020