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Safari at Bomani Tented Lodge
- Game drives featured lots of diverse wildlife. Zebras, elephants, giraffes, buffalo were all spotted many times in our first couple days here. - Rooms/tents were very nice. It got very cold at night (it was winter). The staff would bring warm thermos's of water to your room as part of your wake-up call in the morning. - Staff was very accommodating. Food was yummy. Our guide, Aubz, was very knowledgeable.
What experience we had a Bomani Tented Lodge. My wife & I are from Scotland and are just back from our honeymoon in Zimbabwe and we stayed in Bomani and we we're so well looked after. Start off with a huge thanks to Pete our guide for looking after us on our safari, Pete was so full of knowledge and very passionate about what he does. We seen so much and learned so much from him. Next big thanks goes to Big Boy he had the camp running like clockwork and the hospitality was incredible. We were treated to the honeymoon suit had an amazing Candlelight dinner on the savanna one night. Getting there was a treat also we got the Elephant Express train from Dete which we fully recommend. All the staff including Lovemore, Stanley you guys were so welcoming. Food also was incredible we actually didn't have a bad meal once. The place is a real gem in Hwange and we can't wait to return for another African adventure. Thank you Chris & Natasha (The Scottish couple)
Our trip was arranged by our UK agent Audley Travel and we came to Bomani at their recommendation and they got it so right. The approach was by the Elephant Express which is a private railcar rattling along on the main line. The team on board know how to make you feel welcome and they even had vegetarian snacks for my lady and zero alcohol beer for me. Great introduction to the African bush with stops to view the wildlife. Collected from the Express by a game-viewing vehicle for the short drive to Bomani where we were made welcome by Big Boy and given the orientation and safety talk and escorted to the tent. Given the season in late May the camp was quiet so we had undivided attention from the staff. The tent looked out across the plains and the waterhole and, as we could see by the tracks in the sand every morning there were visitors at night – though we slept so soundly we didn’t see them. The bed was very comfortable and there was constant hot water by solar power. Game viewing drives were available morning, afternoon, evening and night but there was no pressure. ‘It’s your holiday’ was repeated often meaning just say what you want. We had come with some ideas of what we wanted to try and see and Aubz, our guide, was very knowledgeable and helpful and ticked many of the list. The big surprise of the trip in late May was the temperature difference between day and night. Daytime temperatures were in the middle to upper twenties so warm enough to use the pool but shortly after the sun set the temperature plummeted. Not enough for frost and ice but too cold to sit around so pack a good sweater and thick trousers as well as shorts and T shirts. Hot water bottles are in the beds. Blankets and ponchos are supplied on game drives and since the vehicles are open you need them. The highlights? Stopping for drinks and snacks by a pool with a hide and spotting a big bull elephant coming to drink. We were quickly into the adjacent hide and then watched him drink from the borehole only seven metres away (paced it afterwards!). He was joined by six or eight other elephants all milling around in front of us. And he knew we were there! A walking safari with Sibs explaining the significance of the little things we could see around us. Just four of us and him and the whole African bush around us. Another time we were out with Aubz looking for lions knowing there were some around somewhere and suddenly there were 14 of them including 10 cubs walking through the bush. We watched an unsuccessful hunt and then the lionesses returned to the cubs and walked them close past us in the vehicle almost in touching distance. Amazing! Another simple pleasure was standing around the camp fire in the chilly early sunshine with hot coffee and making toast on the fire before going out on the morning drive. Absolute quiet. Good company. Wonderful. Departure after three nights was on the Elephant Express again going up the line to the next camp on the trip. We’d go back to Bomani any time!
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The support for the National Park, local staff, and the community is thoughtful, appreciated and necessary. Our guide Aubz, provided excellent knowledge, information, and amazing encounters with a lion pride, cheetah with cubs and so much more. The staff saw to your every need, the food was spectacular, the amenities a dream and all the little considerations that made it special- from sweeping the sand pathways around camp (great for tracks!) to little bird bath/ watering holes to bring animals closer to you. I'm not averse to roughing it, but imagine you can have all the wildlife AND go to bed under weighted blankets and a warm water bottle preheating your sheets.Loved taking the elephant express! Thank you staff-Lovemore, Aubz, Pete, Operator, Walter, Big and apologies for everyone who made our trip great that I’m forgetting.
We just returned from an African trip which included a 3 night stay at Bomani. We arrived via the “Elephant Express” - an adventure in and of itself. Everything went so well, from the fireside meals, our tent, the animals and our warm hosts. Thank you Big Boy for your gracious hospitality, especially your patience while we completed our bring-from-home covid tests which we needed for our flight home. Thank you Ops, a really wonderful guide who aside from the drives, took us to see a local village, a couple schools, and a “marketplace.” On our last da;y, they surprised my husband and I with a table picnic for 2 in front of a watering hole and ordered up some elephants for us! After our lunch, they led us to a “hide”, a mostly buried pup trailer which was situated right in front of where the elephants drink. The bulls showed up and gave us a thrill and some wonderful memories. We saw a lot of animals including the cheetahs which were dining on an impala. Our connections in and out of the camp were right on time. A diamond in the bush, thank you for everything. Kent and Susan
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