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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.”