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Wilderness Little Makalolo

Wilderness Little Makalolo is a traditional bush camp with a modern twist, situated in one of the best wildlife areas of Hwange National Park.

Wilderness Little Makalolo is a small camp, sensitively tucked into the edge of a teak forest overlooking the active Makalalo Pan, offering an exclusive game viewing experience in a private concession in the south east of Hwange National Park. The camp is an upmarket take on a traditional tented camp, with a friendly team, excellent service and professional guiding. ‘Little Mak’, as it is affectionately known, will suit those looking for privacy and a good level of comfort, without losing the feeling of an authentic safari camp, in a prime wildlife area.


The six tented rooms are built on to solid plinths and have a verandah to the fore with comfortable chairs. Each tent has en suite facilities including a separate flush toilet, double vanity and shower with hot and cold running water as well as an outdoor shower. There is a two bedroom family tent with two three quarter sized beds in each room (each with their own bathrooms and entrances) and connected internally.

Central Areas

The raised main living areas are open fronted under canvas and house separate dining and lounge/bar areas. Most meals are taken at individual tables but communal dining also takes place a couple of times a week. There is a plunge pool with raised pool deck furnished with sun loungers, behind which is an additional outdoor dining area. On the edge of the waterhole in front of camp is a log hide which offers particularly good game viewing and photographic opportunities during the siesta hours.


Wi-Fi – Yes
Power for Charging – Yes
Swimming Pool – Yes

Habitat & Wildlife

Hwange is the largest of Zimbabwe’s wildlife areas. Situated in the south-western corner of the country at an average altitude of around 3,000ft, it covers an area of about 1.5 million hectares, along the border with Botswana.

The Park covers the transition zone between the Kalahari sands and the moist savannah woodland. The poor soil and harsh climate have not stunted or limited the variety of habitat: over 230 trees and shrubs and 138 grass species make up some of the more than 1,000 flora species found here. This diversity allows for more than 50 mammal species to co-exist.

Lacking permanent rivers, Hwange is managed with numerous man-made waterholes which are pumped to provide water for most of the animal species and which form the magnate around which most game-viewing takes place (many of the waterholes have hides). The park has a very sizeable and healthy elephant population (it is not uncommon to see over 150 at a time around the waterholes during the dry season), and other larger mammals to be seen include giraffe, impala, zebra, wildebeest, tsessebe, kudu, duiker, roan antelope, waterbuck, eland, gemsbok (along the drier western border), reedbuck, lion, leopard, cheetah, wild dog and hippo. Unfortunately, rhino are now seldom seen.

The area is also excellent for bird life, most represented by bush country species: babblers, starlings, bustards, ostrich, cranes, hornbills, francolins, guinea fowl, shrikes, etc., although raptors are plentiful and storks, geese and ibis can be seen at the waterholes.

Game viewing is excellent with good general game, big herds of buffalo and all the major predators present in the area. However Hwange is perhaps best known for its huge elephant populations, and from June through to October huge numbers can be seen visiting the various waterholes throughout the park, including the pan in front of camp. Hwange is also an excellent place to see the majestic sable antelope.

The Linkwasha-Makalolo Private Wilderness Area occupies a broad range of habitat from open grassland, numerous pans, mopane woodland and teak forests. The expansive Ngamo Plains can offer particularly dramatic wildlife viewing – in the dry season they attract a large number of plains game and predators are never far away; while in the green season the flooded plain hosts an explosion of migrant birdlife.


Activities at Little Makalolo centre on morning and afternoon/evening game viewing drives in open 4×4 vehicles throughout the concession, as well as walks with armed guides. The lodge also offers a ‘Star bed sleep-out experience’ on a raised platform overlooking Madison Pan, some 20 minute drive from the property. Bedrolls are provided for a comfortable night under the stars and there are basic ablution facilities.


Wilderness Little Makalolo is open year round, though game viewing is best from July through to October.

Wilderness Little Makalolo accepts children from the age of six years and the provision of a two bedroom family unit offers ideal accommodation for families wanting to be under one roof. The camp is adept at designing activities for children and a Bush Buddy service is available for children up to the age of 12 on prior request. That said, the camp is not fenced and big game does wander through the camp and so we feel the destination naturally lends itself to families travelling with older children.

Wilderness Safaris has established two non-profit organisations to achieve their mission of protecting and expanding Africa’s wilderness through conservation and community empowerment.

Children in the Wilderness focuses on the children from villages close to the remote areas in which Wilderness Safaris operates, providing environmental education and awareness and training them in the life skills needed to care for and nurture their natural surroundings. Some of these programmes include operating annual camps for up to 30 children at a time in their lodges, running regular Eco-Clubs in rural schools, and Youth Environmental Stewardship (YES) which mentors particular children who have shown a strong interest in their environment and scholarship programmes for primary, secondary and tertiary education.

The Wilderness Wildlife Trust is involved in conservation, anti-poaching, community empowerment and education. In Zimbabwe the Trust has initiated the Hwange Elephant Movement Study which aims to gain a better understanding of elephant movements and habitat use in the park, which has a particularly high elephant density. The Trust has also set up the Scorpion Anti-Poaching Unit in Hwange National Park in order to provide manpower and resources to assist Zimbabwe Parks and Wildlife Management Authority to reduce levels of poaching within the Park.

Wilderness Safaris also offers its guests the option to bring a donation of supplies in partnership with Pack for a Purpose where guests may use the empty space in their suitcases for donations of much needed supplies for supported projects.