Campsites in Zimbabwe.

The map shows the campsites that we have used in Zimbabwe. Below the map is information about them listed in alphabetical order. The prices are for the date that we stayed at the site.In most cases we paid the International rate for Zimbabwe Parks.

Antelope Park, Gweru. April 2012

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

Website: www.antelopepark.co.zw

Cost: US$8 pppn.

Ablutions: Spotless. Hot water & showers.

Electric: Yes.

Other: The site is part of a lodge and next to a dam. 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. Wi-fi access is $6 for 1 hour.
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Bulawayo, Southern Comfort Lodge. July 2012

Location: On the outskirts of Bulawayo
S20 11.253 E28 38.147

Website: www.southerncomfortlodge.com

Cost: $15 pppn.

Ablutions: Spotless. Hot showers.

Electric: Yes.

Other: A lovely quiet small site on the SE edge of Bulawayo. There's a bar, restaurant, pool and free wi-fi internet access.
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Chimanimani National Park. May 2012

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

Website: www.zimparks.org

Cost: Entry fee for 1 week: $10pp and $10 per vehicle. Camping: $8pppn.

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

Electric: No.

Other: Several sites on terraces under shady Msasa trees. Each site has a braai and drinking water. Plenty of free firewood was supplied by the rangers.
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Chizarira National Park. Viewpoint Campsite.
August 2010

Location: S17 38.764 E27 52.613

Website: www.zimparks.org

Ablutions: Long drop toilet

Electric: No.

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.

We visited the Eastern section of the Park and during the 4 days we stayed only saw 2 other vehicles. There are 2 types of campsites in the Park. The undeveloped sites are more expensive as they are in the bush whereas the developed sites have got proper ablutions but there are several sites together. We stayed 2 nights at each type.

Entry fee for 1 week: $10 pp and $10 per vehicle.

Gonarezhou National Park. Chilojo Camp. May 2012.

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

Website: www.zimparks.org

Cost: $25 pppn for the 'undeveloped' campsites.

Ablutions: Hole in the ground long-drop toilet.

Electric: No.

Other: 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.
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Gonarezhou National Park. Chipinda Pools Camp. May 2012

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

Website: www.zimparks.org

Cost: $15 pppn for the 'developed' campsites.

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

Electric: No.

Other: Overlooking the Runde River. Most sites had good shade. Each site has a boma, braai, fire pit and drinking water.
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Great Zimbabwe. Norma Jeane's Lakeview Lodge

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

Website: www.normajeanslakeview.com

Cost: $12 pppn.

Ablutions: Spotless. Plenty of hot water.

Electric: Yes.

Other: Close to Lake Mutirikwi (used to be called Lake Kyle). The Lodge had beautiful gardens and free wi-fi internet access.. The campsite has a covered boma, power and drinking water.
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Hwange National Park.

There are 3 types of campsites available. There are 3 large sites with plenty of room (Main Camp, Sinamatella Camp and Robin's Camp) which cost $15 pppn. There are other small sites at waterholes around the park but these tend to get booked up. A few can be booked per person ($25 pppn) with a max of 12 people but most of them are $150 pn with up to 12 people.

Entry fee for 1 week( SADAC prices): $15 pp, $10 per vehicle and £10 for a trailer.

Hwange National Park. Main Camp. July 2012

Location: S18 43.981 E26 57.139

Website: www.zimparks.org

Cost: $15 pppn.

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.

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.
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Hwange National Park. Sinamatella Camp. July 2012.

Location: S18 35.139 E26 19.101

Website: www.zimparks.org

Cost: $15 pppn.

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

Electric: Yes.

Other: The site is in a lovely location overlooking the river valley below. Very helpful attendants. Free firewood.
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Lake Chivero. Kuimba Shiri Bird Park. August 2012

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

Website: www.kuimbashiri.co.zw

Cost: One-off entry fee $5 pp, which gives entry to the Bird Park at any time. Camping: $5 pppn.

Ablutions: Clean. Hot water (when there's electricity!).

Electric: Yes but you'll need a long lead as there's only electric points in the ablutions block.

Other: The campsite has recently been added to the accommodation here and you're made to feel very welcome by the owners, Gary and Elcine. It's in a lovely location with views over the Lake and there's a covered boma. 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. April 2012

Location: S15 43.170 E29 22.025

Website: www.zimparks.org

Ablutions: Clean. Hot showers.

Electric: No.

Other: In a lovely location overlooking the Zambezi River and in the shade of huge mahogany and acacia trees.
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Matopo National Park. Malale Dam. July 2010

Location: S20 32.706 E28 30.231

Website: www.zimparks.org

Ablutions: Run down but we usually got hot water.

Electric: No.

Other: There are a few sites quite close to the dam, some are overgrown. The ladies who looked after the site were very good. Free firewood.
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Nyanga National Park. Mare Caravan Park. April 2012

Location: The northernmost Park in the Eastern Highlands. The campsite is close to (but not overlooking) Rhodes dam.
.S18 17 08.3 E32 43 22.5

Website: www.zimparks.org

Cost: Entry fee for 1 week: $10pp and $10 per vehicle Camping: $8pppn.

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

Electric: No.

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. August 2010.

Location: S17 55.553 E25 50.333

Website: www.vicfallsrestcamp.com

Ablutions: Clean. Hot showers.

Electric: Yes.

 

Other: Close to the centre of town, Very convenient and safe 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 via the lodge which was very good.
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Vumba Botanic Gardens National Park

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

Website: www.zimparks.org

Cost: Entry fee for 1 week: $10 pp and $10 per vehicle which gives access to the Botanic Gardens .Camping:$8 pppn.

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

Electric: No.

Other: In a lovely location overlooking the Mozambique lowlands below. The Botanic Gardens are gradually being restored after years of neglect. Plenty of free firewood was supplied by the rangers.
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