This is a classic African tented camp, with the units tastefully hidden beneath a grove of false mopane trees, overlooking a waterhole and open plain.
The camp overlooks an extremely productive waterhole that attracts a variety of plains game and predators, and therefore altogether offers the quintessential Hwange experience.
Davison’s offers nine tents of which seven are twins (no doubles possible), one is a double honeymoon tent and one is a family tent that sleeps four guests comfortably. The tents are set on the ground with a concrete base and wooden doors, have en-suite bathrooms, bathroom amenities, fans and a veranda overlooking the waterhole. Tents are linked by natural, sandy walkways to the central camp areas which are also under canvas and comprise of a dining room on one side and lounge and bar on the other, with excellent waterhole views. There is a plunge pool and open campfire area.
Open all year round
Located on the border with Botswana, Hwange was proclaimed some 75 years ago and has served as a haven for one of the densest concentrations of game in Africa.
Daily activities offered at Davison’s include game drives in the morning or evening, where nocturnal animals can be spotted, and morning guided bush walks.
Activities at Davison’s Camp include game drives in open 4 x 4 vehicles or guided walks in the early mornings.
During the siesta hours, guests can view wildlife coming down to the waterhole to drink from their tent veranda or the main area.
Game viewing is productive year-round and wildlife frequently encountered here includes lion, large herds of elephant, buffalo, leopard, white rhino, spotted hyaena, southern giraffe, sable, blue wildebeest, impala, common waterbuck and reedbuck.
In particular, its great herds of Cape buffalo and elephant (nearly 30 000) are a sight to see.
With over 100 mammal species, Hwange has some of the highest mammal diversity for any national park in the world, including: slender mongoose, yellow mongoose, banded mongoose, Selous mongoose, dwarf mongoose, honey badger, black-backed jackal, bat-eared fox, side-striped jackal, lesser bushbaby, vervet monkey, Chacma baboon, porcupine, aardwolf, spotted hyaena, pangolin, caracal, leopard, African wildcat, lion, scrub hare, southern giraffe, hippo, springhare, warthog and Burchell’s zebra.
Antelope often seen in the area include common duiker, eland, roan antelope, impala, kudu, sable, steenbok, waterbuck and blue wildebeest.
White rhino is another special sight to see here.
In summer wildebeest, zebra and eland are found in abundance here, while in winter the waterholes are magnets around which elephant in enormous numbers congregate to drink.
The park is also home to a varied bird community.
Typical drier Kalahari birds include Kori Bustard, Crimson-breasted Shrike, Kalahari Scrub-Robin, Scaly-feathered Finch, Cut-throat Finch, Red-eyed Bulbul, Swallow-tailed Bee-eater, Black-cheeked Waxbill and Southern Pied Babbler.
The Zambezi teak and false mopane woodlands are home to other birding specials like Arnott’s Chat, Bradfield’s Hornbill and Racket-tailed Roller.
Bat Hawk and African Hobby (summer only) are good finds here, and sometimes seen at dusk hunting bats and swifts.
The plains are alive with pipits, larks, coursers and wheatears like African Pipit, Dusky Lark (in summer), Temminck’s Courser and Capped Wheatear. Raptors are plentiful including rare Red-necked Falcon, Dickinson’s Kestrel, Martial Eagle, five vulture species and accipiters like Shikra and Gabar Goshawk.
In the summer months the bird list is greatly increased by migratory species like Southern Carmine Bee-eaters, Black Kites, Broad-billed Rollers, various cuckoo species, Abdims Storks and European Bee-eater.
The waterhole in front of the camp is superb for game viewing, straight from ones tent or main area; it’s a hive of activity on your doorstep.