"I speak of Africa and golden joys." - Shakespeare, Henry IV, Part 2
Camp Silwane is an exciting new conservation project where part of an existing hunting area has been transformed into the Silwane Conservation Area. This private concession is situated adjacent to Hwange National Park, one of the last true great wilderness areas of Zimbabwe. The name Silwane is derived from the Ndebele language, iSilwane, which means lion. Silwane is ‘The Lion Camp’ in name as well as experience as visitors regularly hear the roars of the area’s current dominant male lion Mopane and his Somadada pride.
A small group of conservationists, sharing a passion for Hwange National Park and its surrounds, have had a vision of transforming part of the Gwayi hunting area into a conservancy where wildlife are free to roam. The landholders in the area whose income used to be derived from hunting, now share the vision of the protection of all wildlife.
For this vision to be economically viable, accommodation has been created for visitors in this wildlife sanctuary. Initially, 5 stylishly furnished, self-catering (“Tented Expedition”) tents with en-suite bathrooms have been erected. An exclusive camping area (the Acacia Grove Camping Site) is being developed complete with ablutions, wash up area, taps and braai/barbeque areas. In the near future, upmarket fully catered lodges are to be constructed, complete with professionally guided game viewing activities. A private platform experience is being created by the magnificent Somadada waterhole where guests can experience “sleeping under the stars” on a raised platform. In the future, a private, fully catered exclusive villa is planned at this gem of a waterhole. This accommodation is aimed for the discerning visitor who enjoys an exclusive, personally guided, wildlife experience.
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