Nantwich Lodge in the Hwange National Park
A unique, small and intimate eco-lodge reclaimed from a bygone era for true safari lovers who want to get off the beaten track and discover the pristine wilderness and abundant wildlife of Northern Hwange National Park in Zimbabwe. Perched up on a bluff overlooking a large dam with resident crocodile and hippo, the lodge boasts one of the best views in the park. Built from the foundations of an old Zimparks outpost, and using as many eco principles as possible, the refurbished lodge embodies the very essence of conservation and responsible tourism by re-purposing, preserving and celebrating the natural heritage of the site.
A hidden gem within a hidden gem, Nantwich is a lodge to which you’ll want to return again and again. Receive front row seats to one of the best wildlife stages in Africa and play an active role in your own safari experience. The stage is set for interactive experiences with our passionate team, their intimate knowledge of the wilderness area and your dreams of a truly memorable safari holiday. Wonderfully remote, there are fewer people in this part of the park and excellent game viewing awaits. The lodge provides exceptional views and extensive walking safari opportunities – for a truly immersive African wildlife experience.
Become a Hwange expert through guided bush walks and game drives. When not busy exploring the surrounding bush or spying wildlife right from your chalet, the Main Lodge is where you will find the open lounge and dining area, as well as a well-equipped library. Here, you won’t just be a visitor but a budding conservationist or African wildlife enthusiast. Your first fun fact? This part of the park has the highest density of lions in the park and those in the know refer to it as Big Cat country.
For the first time visitor to Africa looking to experience the continent’s remarkable wildlife in an authentic setting or the seasoned safari traveller looking to get off the beaten track and away from crowds and other vehicles, Nantwich is the perfect one-stop African destination.
Guests are escorted through the Northern Hwange region in an open game drive vehicle that safely transports them to all the wildlife hotspots. Your guide is an expert in his field and will share his niche knowledge with you while also tailoring your journey to what you are most interested in. We invite you not to just be a passive observer – get involved, ask questions and plan your day ahead with your guide. Game drives are either half-day (in the morning or afternoon), full-day, or in the evening for nocturnal game viewing
Walking Safaris at Nantwich are a special highlight of guests’ stay. The flat plains that Nantwich is known for makes an excellent environment for guided bush walks. The terrain is comfortable to traverse and wildlife is easily viewable. Our expert guides ensure that guests are safe on these walks, while sharing their unique insights about this remote area. The different trails go through various areas such as the rocky hills behind the lodge, some peaceful winding streams, and natural springs that are unique to the area, flat and expansive savanna, and around the large dam that is the main star of our wildlife theatre that the lodge has front row seats to. What is especially delightful is the Bush Walk to Breakfast. Guests are led on a guided walk to an alfresco area where a delicious breakfast is waiting for him. Here they will take part in a bespoke morning brew experience, selecting their own coffee beans to hand grind and then enjoy in their freshly brewed morning java. There’s nothing quite like savouring an incredibly well-deserved cup of coffee while letting the peace and beauty of the African bush in the morning wash over you.
The Nantwich Library is a sanctuary for knowledge seekers, here guests can find books on the wildlife, birdlife and history of the area, as well as informative maps and interesting artifacts. It is also the location of enlightening conservation talks led by passionate experts. These interactive sessions are where guests become truly engaged in the raison d’etre of Hwange National Park become inspired to protect the last remaining wild spaces of Africa.