The Sunday Telegraph (Sydney) - Escape - - WHAT’S YOUR BUDGET | ZIMBABWE - CELESTE MITCHELL

Imag­ine the an­tic­i­pa­tion as you wake be­fore sun­rise and head out with your guide as the an­i­mals and birds are rous­ing. In the af­ter­noon, you watch ele­phants make their way to the wa­ter­hole, while sit­ting back with your own sun­downer and a show­stop­ping African sun­set. “Some camps also of­fer night game drives in search of por­cu­pines, honey badgers, pan­golin, spot­ted hyena, and I’m sure you will hear the lions call­ing each other,” Trav­elMan­agers per­sonal travel man­ager Gail Hughes says about Zim­babwe’s Hwange Na­tional Park, a two-hour drive from mighty Vic­to­ria Falls.

“Hwange has some of the best guides in South­ern Africa and the walk­ing sa­fari is their spe­cialty,” she says. “It’s all about the wildlife and wilder­ness ex­pe­ri­ence – you won’t find pri­vate plunge pools but most camps have a pool which is per­fect to cool off af­ter your sa­fari.”

When book­ing a camp, Hughes says it’s “lo­ca­tion, lo­ca­tion, lo­ca­tion”. “Some fab­u­lous camps bor­der the na­tional park, but I rec­om­mend camps that are in­side the na­tional park so you are right in the mid­dle of the ac­tion and out on sa­fari be­fore the crowds ar­rive.”

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