Imvelo Safari Lodges

Accommodation Suppliers

68 Townsend Road Suburbs Bulawayo
Member Number: 203566 Tel: +263 29 232331/2252231 +263 783 568 632

In 1994, the founders of Imvelo had a vision – with their shared passion of the African Bush, its native wildlife, and people, they wanted to create a destination that not only provided visitors to Zimbabwe with a unique and unforgettable safari experience, but also a destination that provided assistance and support to local communities. At one time, indigenous rural communities received very little direct benefit from Zimbabwe’s booming tourism industry. For the majority of locals, tourists were nothing but camera-clad foreigners that drove around national parks in 4x4s. And as for ‘conservation’: a rich man’s joke! For the rural villager, wildlife was by no means an attraction; elephants ate their crops and lions killed their livestock. The animals were problematic and not something to encourage. The hope was – that by building safari attractions and infrastructures within communal areas – a symbiotic relationship between holidaymakers and locals could grow. This would, in turn, enable them to protect and preserve local wildlife, whilst imparting self-sustaining and lifelong methods of survival to the communities, and so Imvelo Safari Lodges was born. We currently have 6 lodges in our portfolio – Gorges Lodge and Little Gorges Tented Lodge are in Victoria Falls, built on the edge of the Batoka Gorge, some 250 metres above the mighty Zambezi River and Bomani Tented Lodge, set in our 5000 acre private reserve on the edge of Hwange National Park. Our third lodge, Camelthorn Lodge is our flagship lodge nestled in a patch of pristine woodland just west of the famous Ngamo Plains on the edge of the south eastern corner of Hwange National Park.  Jozibanini Camp is situated in one the of most southern and untouched areas of Hwange National Park.  This is a small exclusive camp in a truly wild place allowing guests to have a unique untamed wilderness experience from the safety and comfort of our lodge amongst the ancient fossil dunes.  Nehimba Lodge is remotely nestled away on a huge private concession in the northern part of Hwange National Park, combining luxury living, ultimate elegance and African charm to provide you with an exceptional safari experience.  The magnificent lodge pan is frequented by large numbers of elephants particularly in the dry season.  Zambezi Sands is our 6th lodge situated within the western area of the Zambezi National Park on the banks of the mighty Zambezi River upstream of the Victoria Falls.  Zambezi Sands is unique in that it features not only the Zambezi River and water based activities and some glorious wildlife and scenery but is also close to the Victoria Falls.

Our Stimela Star is a private overnight sleeper train that we can hook up to the regular Victoria Falls to Bulawayo passenger train.  Stimela Star will transport you in comfort and plenty of old fashioned style overnight from Victoria Falls and you'll awake rested and relaxed ready for your adventure in Hwange National Park.  

Where we operate

  • Zimbabwe

Activities offered

  • Accommodation
  • Bird Watching
  • Canoeing
  • Flying Safaris
  • Photography
  • Riding Safaris
  • Safaris - Fixed Camp
  • Walking Safaris
  • Air Charters
  • Eco tourism
  • Cultural activities
  • Honeymoon safaris


16 December 2020

Tourism returns to Imvelo Safari Lodges, Hwange Zimbabwe - watch the highlights and coffee catchups with our first returning USA and UK guests

Watch all the incredible highlights from our first returning USA guests who enjoyed a 9 night safari travelling to all 4 very different Imvelo camps through the exclusive Hwange National Park.

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25 January 2018

Imvelo Safari Lodges Launches Horseback Riding as an Exhilarating New Activity to Enjoy While on Safari in Hwange National Park, Zimbabwe!

Imvelo Safari Lodges are thrilled to announce the launch of daily horseback riding activities for guests enjoying a safari at Bomani Tented Lodge and Camelthorn Lodge in the south of Hwange National Park, Zimbabwe’s premiere national park. This fantastic new activity will kick off on March 1st, 2018 and is the first of its kind in southern Hwange!

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14 December 2017

Seven years of Miracles in Matabeleland - Highlights from Imvelo’s Mobile Dental and Optical Safari 2017!

From a campfire discussion at Bomani many years ago to our first Mobile Dental Safari in 2011, this year our 7th was without a doubt the biggest and best yet. The number of patients treated in a little under a week was just over 4,000, while our first year was 1174! But it’s not just about the numbers – the event has evolved into so much more than annual dental care for villagers. We now have an optical component that this year was larger than the dental, and we added a number of other different new elements each providing relief to thousands.

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14 November 2017

Bomani Tented Lodge - Our Spacious Family Suite and Lodge Plunge Pool is Complete!

Our large, well-appointed family suite is complete and we couldn't be happier with the finished product! Built among a grove of Camelthorn trees and slightly away from the rest of the lodge to give it some privacy, the family suite has splendid views across the Ngamo Plains with regular wildlife sightings as animals move in to drink from the nearby Bomani Pan.

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01 February 2016

Imvelo Safari Lodges in Zimbabwe adds luxury tented extension at Gorges Lodge

Perched on the edge of Batoka Gorge, with awesome views of the Zambezi River 250 metres below, and across into Zambia, Little Gorges is the latest addition to Imvelo Safari Lodges’ portfolio of spectacular, remote and exclusive destinations. Little Gorges overlooks the dramatic junction of the Dibu Dibu River and the Zambezi, where black eagles and lanner falcons nest in the sheer cliff faces. Little Gorges has five tented bedrooms and a stone-under-thatch central dining and entertainm…

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30 November 2015

Another successful 'smile safari' with Imvelo Safari Lodges in Zimbabwe

The Imvelo Safari Lodges’ annual Dentists Safari started 5 years ago. The concept was to provide free dental care to the marginalised and disadvantaged village communities living around Hwange Park and Victoria Falls as a way to increase direct community benefits from tourism and conservation. The program centres around a team of volunteer dentists from Spain and Italy who call themselves Sonrisas para Zimbabwe based out of, and supported logistically, by Imvelo Safari lodges. This year…

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23 February 2015

Imvelo Safari lodges in Zimbabwe acquire Nehimba Lodge

We are thrilled to announce that Imvelo Safari Lodges in Zimbabwe has acquired Nehimba Lodge! Situated in a private concession in the Northern part of Hwange National Park, Nehimba has seven spacious raised chalets under African thatch and a charming guest area where you can relax by the pool and enjoy a unique wildlife experience in a remote and previously unexplored sanctuary. A scenic four hour drive from Victoria falls will bring you into the heart of this unspoilt wildlife paradise. No t…

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04 September 2014

Imvelo Safari Lodges have added another luxury addition to their portfolio: Zambezi Sands River Camp

The latest new lodge in our portfolio, Zambezi Sands River Camp opened its doors on the 7th August. Situated on the Upper Zambezi, the lodge sits unobtrusively on the banks of the Zambezi with 5 of the tents overlooking the gurgling rapids and the other 3 nestling quietly on a small tributary that oozes charm and quietude.  Spacious and comfortable, the Bedouin style tents command breathtaking views of the river! Al fresco showers and private plunge pools add the special touches to each l…

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