Monday, 30 March 2015

Ivory Safari Lodge

We spent three nights at Ivory Safari Lodge which is located in Zimbabwe, on the edge of the Hwange National Park, on a private concession of 6,000 square acres.  
Waterhole at the Lodge
The lodge consists of seven elevated thatched tree house style rooms, as well as two grand tented presidential suites, all commanding great views of a private and extremely active waterhole.  Guests have the opportunity to view some of Hwange’s most prolific wildlife species from the comfort of their room or the main dining area. In the three days we were there, we saw many elephants, plus giraffes, impala, baboons and a crocodile.
Lodge Interior
The open communal areas of bar/lounge and dining room are comfortable, clean and well stocked. We had a suite with a veranda with a fantastic view of the watering hole in front of the camp. 
Lodge Exterior
The hide down near the water is a triumph - the animals come so close to you that it is magical - eye contact with the elephants is seriously awe-inspiring! 
Inside the Hide
Elephants outside the Hide
(the hide is the thatched building on the left of the picture)
The camp is managed by Jamie and Joel who are lovely people, so warm and welcoming with nothing too much trouble. The food was excellent - wholesome and delicious with a few fine dining touches here and there! Our guide for the three days we were there was knowledgeable and friendly helping make our game drives extremely interesting.

One of the highlights of our stay here was definitely having the word sundowner defined for us - "Standing in the middle of the African bush, gin and tonic in hand, watching the changing colours of the sky as the sun goes down" = Sundowner! (see previous post)

We were also able to get wifi connection in the communal areas. 

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