A wild, wilder, wildest update from Hwange
10 December 2019


I am visiting VERNEY'S CAMP and DETEEMA SPRINGS in Hwange National Park. I also popped in at DEKA CAMP (closed for the season) and I must say, MACHABA SAFARIS does a phenomenal job in Zimbabwe.

I like to call them wild (Verney's), wilder (Deteema), wildest (Deka).

MY TOP TAKEAWAYS each with a picture from my iPhone:


While being totally family-friendly and with amazing food, Verney's Camp is fantastic. It was a stunning drive here from Deteema and definitely a combination I'd recommend.


One of the best things about Deteema Springs is its location. It's an intimate camp strategically built across a rocky outcrop for perfect views across the seep. The picture above was taken only meters from the room!


Combine 3 nights each at Deka Camp (in a remote area of Hwange close to the Botswana border) and Ingwe Pan (coming soon in Mana Pools) in high season 2020 and only pay shoulder season rates at both.


A welcome relief from the recent drought, we are so happy for the rains. The highlight of the wet season is no doubt the brilliant birding. The insects are going mad and this brings the birds in their flocks while the vegetation recovers from all the elephant activity (ready to resume as soon as the rains clear). Even the kids are getting enthusiastic about birds now...
Top tip: come between November and May - tourist numbers are down while bird numbers are way up.


This changes drastically from the northwestern Robins area down to the southeastern Main area of the park. Deka and Deteema are in Mopani woodlands with cotton soil clay (which is why Deka is a seasonal camp - Deteema is rockier and therefore accessible year-round) - to the Miombo woodlands and sandy soil of Verney's. Birdlife changes dramatically as you travel through these vastly different areas.


Ideal for a drive-in from Victoria Falls, spend 3 nights at Deteema Springs, drive through to Verney's for another 3 nights and fly out from Manga airstrip. Use the ZIMBABWE STAY 3 PAY 2 at both camps for massive savings until the end of May.
To spell it out: that is 6 nights from US$ 1 760 pps or US$ 5 280 for a family of 4!
2020 RATES

Machaba Safaris continues to deliver some of the best-value safari experiences across Botswana and Zimbabwe, along with family-friendly camps and incredible hospitality in strategic locations.

The simple Stay 3 Pay 2 for both BOTSWANA (until 31 March 2020) and ZIMBABWE (until 31 May 2020) makes it even more enticing. Combine or use it on its own.
Happy selling!

Suzanne Bayly-Coupe
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