Hwange Na­tional Park

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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.

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