Hwange’s Original Bush Camp, Little Makalolo, Reopens

Wilderness Safaris’ Little Makalolo – one of the original bush camps situated in an exclusive private concession in the heart of Hwange National Park in Zimbabwe – has reopened after the rebuild of its main guest area and an extensive refurbishment of its six traditional-style safari tents. 

The new look of Little Makalolo was achieved in a subtle way to ensure that the camp retained the intimate and authentic bush feel of the original camp, which first opened in Hwange in 1998. Focusing on its remarkable wilderness location overlooking a vibrant waterhole, the new bar/breakfast area, pool deck and circular infinity pool have all been raised to offer uninterrupted views of the waterhole and the variety of wildlife that congregates there.

The refurbished tents feature new floors, roofs, cladding at the back of the tents and locally-sourced interiors.  According to lead interior designer, Caline Williams-Wynn from Artichoke, “Our inspiration for the interiors was drawn from the significant local culture, with the cosy feel of the rooms and the potted red-clay colour used throughout simulating the homes found in the villages surrounding Hwange”.

Handmade baskets have been used to create a striking feature on the panelled wall behind the bed. Each wall feature includes five different baskets, all made by local members of the Lupane Women’s Centre – a non-profit organisation with 3 200 members from the Lupane District who are empowering themselves socially and economically.

Click here to view Dana Allen’s latest Safari Album of the 'new' Little Makalolo. Click here to read more about Wilderness Safaris’ unwavering commitment to authentic and sustainable ecotourism in Hwange.