Hwange’s 14,651 square kilometres host a vast panoply of wildlife. This is Zimbabwe’s largest National Park and is equivalent to the size of Wales. Ivory & Khulu Lodge are set on the border of the park on a private conservancy of 6,000 acres. The GPS Coordinates for Ivory Lodge are: 18.616838,27.059967. The lodges are situated conveniently 3km off the Bulawayo/Victoria Falls main road, is clearly signposted and is accessible by any motor vehicle.
Accommodation and Lodge Facilities:
Each elevated en suite room is positioned with sweeping views of the lodge’s productive waterhole. This is lit at night by an unobtrusive, gentle floodlight. Our electric blankets keep guests warm and snug during the cold winter nights and in summer, we have ceiling fans to stay cool. All of the tree-houses have mosquito nets, 24 hour electricity and on tap hot water in the en suite bathroom.
The standard rooms have showers and the two presidential elephant suites have bathtubs and showers. The main area of the Lodge has a cool and comfortable seating area with tea and coffee served all day. Ivory’s bar has a wide selection of beverages, alcoholic and non alcoholic. The newly thatched central dining area, bar and library command great views of the waterhole and overlook the swimming pool which is a welcome haven from the mid-day heat. Wireless is available at the library for all of our Lodge guests.
Hwange has always been one of the best places to visit for a broad range of safari experiences and Ivory Lodge is “big game” country – lion, elephant leopard and buffalo are seen regularly from camp as well as in the park. There are over a 100 types of mammal and more than 300 species of birds in Hwange with a supporting cast of innumerable insects, spiders, amphibians and reptiles. The park also boasts the world famous Presidential elephants which often drink at Ivory Lodge’s exclusive watering hole. These include ‘giant tuskers’, huge, old elephant bulls with enormous tusks. The game viewing in general is superb and the park is teeming with herds of sable, giraffe, impala, zebra and wildebeest.
We offer a variety of activities in camp and Zimbabwean guides are amongst the most highly trained and revered in Africa. Walking safaris were perfected in Hwange and our guides offer guests the opportunity to view creatures great and small whilst on foot. From big game approaches to examining the lowly dung beetle, this is a unique and fascinating way to see Hwange. Game drives allow guests to cover vast distances and see the diversity of the park as well as come across a plethora of wildlife. In addition to getting out of camp, we also encourage our guests to sit and enjoy the game that moves through the lodge and communes at the waterhole.
Hwange’s climate and vegetation is diverse and varied. The park consists of mainly Kalahari sand desert, therefore in summer, which is the rainy season, temperatures can reach up to 45 degrees Celsius. This temperatures can then drop up to 20 degrees as sun sets, making the evenings balmy and comfortable. The rains come during the months of November through March and this makes the foliage much thicker. This is the season where is it best to see newborn animals in the wild.
In Hwange’s winter, the long, dry months, temperatures can go below freezing over night but days are sunny and warm reaching temperatures of up to 25 degrees C. In this season, the vegetation is sparse and dry but this is what is called the ‘safari season’ and it is when our guests see the most wildlife and bird life. Along with the amazing game viewing and birding, the other notable experiences are the sunsets. These are magnificent at this time of year due to the dust particles in the air and the long, drawn out dusk.