Vintage and Imvelo
Raw Zimbabwe - Hwange on Horseback
At 14,651 sq km Hwange National Park is Zimbabwe's largest unfenced Park and possibly one of Africas greatest in terms of its incredible diversity of wildlife boasting over 100 species of mammals, including 19 large herbivores and over 400 species of birds. Hwange is best known for having one of the largest Elephant populations in the world.
Our Vintage and Imvelo Combined Horse Safari allows you to experience two dramatically different but equally breathtaking areas of one of the last true unfenced wildernesses of Africa.
This ride begins in the East of the park in true vintage explorer style before heading down to the South where you get to ride on the famous Ngamo Plains. There are a range of activities to enhance you horseback adventure such as game drives both day and night, walking safaris, birdwatching, community and conservation tours and the highlight for most guests is the Elephant Express Railcar which transfers you from the East to the South of the park.
Within our herd of twenty-two top safari horses with breeds ranging from thoughrobreds, boereperds, percherons and quaterhorses and heights varying between 15,3 to 16,7 hands you are bound to find your perfect partner.
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Vintage Horse Camp
Boasting a glamorous take on a bygone era of explorer accommodation. Vintage Horse Camp features four spacious, luxury tents set in a private concession on the eastern boundary of Hwange National Park. Each tent is ensuite with a large open veranda to relax and enjoy the sights and sounds of the surrounding African bush. Tents can be set up as either double or twins and are tastefully furnished with a suitable place to unpack your clothes and settle in as well as a tea and coffee station and solar lighting. The camp has a small and friendly compliment of staff which includes highly professional guides as well as catering to guests every need, from delivering your fresh coffee in the morning to filling your private vintage bucket shower after a long days ride. Alfresco dining by the warmth of candlelight allows you appreciate the magnificent night sky whilst being kept warm by the glowing embers of the camp fire. Vintage Horse Camp prides itself on being eco- friendly and is completely off grid, from solar lighting to fresh bread baked in a traditional fire oven.
Living Under the Acacia's
Camelthorn is nestled in the cool woodlands on the southern edge of Ngamo’s famous Plains. Here, you will be treated to a truly memorable safari experience, in pure comfort and style.
The lodge is unique in its style and design and has as its centre piece a huge ancient Camelthorn
tree. On the edge of the Ngamo Plains, and strategically placed to explore the remote and unspoiled south eastern portion of the park, Camelthorn offers a spectacular wilderness experience.
The Elephant Express Railcar
The Historic Railway line which runs the entire length of the North Eastern boundary of Hwange National Park was built in the 1900's and it is said that the first warden of Wankie (as the area was then known) arrived by train in 1928 before going on to declare the area a game reserve.
In 2015 Imvelo launched it's ingeniously designed Elephant Express Railcar to offer guests an alternative mode of travel between its lodges in Hwange National Park.
Lunch and refreshments are served on board as this luxurious railcar travels between Dete railway station to Ngamo siding offering spectacular views and unforgettable wildlife sightings along the way.
This transfer is available for guests booking any of our Imvelo horseback safaris or for the combined Vintage and Imvelo horse safari.