Hwange National Park
As the winter was about to surrender to spring, the ground had been starved of water for many months. The land was a vivid mix of bronze, orange, brown and crimson leaves. It is thoroughly hypnotizing in its beauty. Arriving at Hwange, we were confronted with a large diversity of accommodation options. There was a terrific-value accommodation available on the outskirts of the park for around $60, per person – this was considered five-star.
However, as my brother and I are former scouts, we opted for a much more rustic option available deep inside the main camp. For $46, we hired a cabin with two comfortable beds and adequate mosquito protection. There is a good restaurant at the camp, but excitingly, each cabin has an open fire with endless possibilities for these former scouts. Crucially, this also left room in our budget for copious amounts of Zambezi Lager.
Seeing a herd of elephants in the wild for the first time was an experience I shall not soon forget. Indeed, coming back to the hut, eating homemade stew around the fire and hearing the rustle of animals close by was hugely thrilling. It felt like a more natural experience than being waited on hand and foot in one of the more luxurious places. If walking to an outhouse for your morning shower is not your thing, however, you can upgrade significantly for a little extra cost.