“The Amalinda Collection” presents Ivory Lodge & Khulu Ivory Lodge

Ivory Lodge Main

Hwange National Park is Zimbabwe’s largest park and is known for its huge herds of wildlife.  Ivory Lodge a favourite drinking hole for a plethora of game.  Famous for exhilarating up close sightings of the Presidential Elephant Herd, Ivory Lodge is set on stilts high in the canopy of the surrounding teak trees.  These platforms create an advantage for game viewing by day and night.

Ivory is a family friendly lodge and has 7 en-suite rooms and 2 new suites making total capacity of this lodge only 18 guests.  We offer game drives both on the private concession or into the National Park as well as the comfortable hide where one can sit and watch the tapestry of wildlife pass by.

khulu main

There is nothing like a walking safari for the ultimate adrenaline rush and close game encounters and Khulu Ivory is a top destination in Hwange for such an activity.  Set alongside an ancient river bed on the western sector of Hwange National Park, Khulu’s charm and old world safari elegance has captures the soul of every safari enthusiast.

Each unique room is slightly elevated and the lodging comprises of 6 suites including one honeymoon suite, allowing an uninterrupted view of Khulu’s private waterhole.  Meals are served on an antique railway teak table or by the boma fireside, depending on the weather.  Our after-dinner entertainment is usually great herds of elephant, sometimes as close as 10 metres from your seat, softly illuminated by the floodlights above the pan.

Wildlife Zimbabwe

Welcome to your Private Safari Experience…

Ivory Lodge, steeped in the tales of a bygone era, of big game hunters that roamed this area, the name Fredrik Courtney Selous comes to mind.  Today, Ivory stands in the heart of the pride lands and the key home range of the Presidential Elephant Herd.  Our family has been involved in Ivory Lodge since it was built over 30 years ago.  After some restoring and refurbishing in 2006, we took over the lease and grew the property into what it is today, one of Zimbabwe’s prime safari lodges.  In 2013, we opened a sister lodge called Khulu Ivory this is more secluded, private safari experience.

Khulu Ivory  {Grandfather of Ivory} otherwise known as Ceddy, walks heavy hearted down the old river bed; he pauses under the shade of a teak tree to swot mopani flies and catch his breath.  Here, he dreams of his childhood days, growing up on his fathers farm alongside his friends who spent hours teaching him to track the giants of Africa, an ancestral tradition.  Broken hearted at the loss of his farm, he draws inspiration to create and design a refuge in search of solace and peace – and he builds it right where he sits. And so Khulu Ivory was born, to join the coterie of stars in the Amalinda Collection.

Ceddy frequents this place of tranquility to constantly feed his soul.  We hope you are one of the lucky ones that will enjoy his fireside songs and tales of days gone by.

His legacy lives on….

Wildlife

Hwange National Park and its surroundings offer wonderful opportunities to see the Big 5 as well as the less common creatures such as African Wild Cat, White-Tailed Mongoose and Bat-eared Fox. Plains game such as impala, kudu, eland, bushbuck and waterbuck are commonly sighted in great number. The park is also famous for its amazing sightings of carnivore – these include lion, leopard, cheetah, wild dog and hyena. Birds of prey are commonly seen as well as well as over 300 other species. Hwange is however most famous for its great herds of elephant and buffalo, often sighted in numbers well over 200 at a time. Sightings are good all year round but May – November is when the bush is sparse and dry and game is easier to spot.

Activities

There is a pulse that runs in your veins, heightened only by a super charged wildlife experience found right here in Hwange. Hwange National Park and its surroundings offer you the game viewing of a lifetime, in and out of camp. Activities at Ivory and Khulu include: walking Safaris: approaching big herds and cats, this is an exciting chance to get up close and personal to the small and large creatures of the park. Game drives: allow long distances to be covered and different vegetation and habitats to be experienced as well as a plethora of game – guests can find themselves amongst a breeding herd of elephants or observing a pride of lions. Activities last between 2 to 5 hours. Our experienced safari guides advise guests the best times to be in the bush, depending on the time of year.

Accommodation

For most of the year, Hwange’s temperatures are above 30*Celsius – so building the lodges above the ground served 2 purposes, the first is for enhanced game viewing and safety aspect and the second is to keep you cool in the hot, dry months and above the frosty ground in the 3 short winter months. Each elevated room is between 1 metre and 5 metres above ground, all offering a unique view of the private waterholes. Lying in bed and being at elephant eye height is quite appropriate we thought! In addition, each room is en suite, some with large bathtubs and all with spacious showers running hot and cold water. Each unit also has a deck with chairs so one can sit and enjoy sundowners in the privacy of ones room.

The Staff

The Amalinda Collection prides itself on employing and training staff from the local communities. We employ locally for all our ground staff and train and elevate the best in our brigade all the way up to Managerial level. We believe that service is of upmost importance and all employed at our properties are highly trained in areas of hospitality and excellent service. It is a commonly known fact that the people of Zimbabwe are amongst the most hospitable in the world… After 100 years of being on the forefront of safari and tourism in Africa, Zimbabwe’s people have developed into a nation of humble, generous and gracious persons with a nature that exudes warmth. The smiles that our guests encounter, leave an imprint on their hearts forever.
The Team

The Team

Meet the Managers
Janice Kock

Janice Kock

Ivory Lodge Manager

We welcome Janice Kock who, alone, is doing a great job managing Ivory Lodge.  From sun up to being the last person awake, Janice is on hand to ensure your experience at Ivory is top notch.  She also keeps a tight rein on the guides – being in the bush for long periods can mean they go a little ‘wild’ at times!

Skills
Warren Mills

Warren Mills

Khulu Ivory Manager

We welcome Warren Mills to Khulu Ivory, fresh from Qatar where his experience was gained from a 5 star 167 roomed hotel.  Warren's specialty is in Food & Beverage but has a keen eye and interest too in wildlife and is currently studying to be a guide.  Being born in Zimbabwe and having gone through school here, he traveled to the Middle East to get some international exposure, however, his love of the African bush and his yearning for home, brought him back in May 2013. Warren brings with him some fresh ideas to our culinary expectations at Khulu.
Skills

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