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    Default Looking for affordable campsites in Zimbabwe, June 2018

    We are a Dutch family (kids are 2 and 4 years old). This June we will travel to Zimbabwe for 1 or 2 months - as part of our 1,5 year trip through southern and east Africa - and are looking for affordable campsites in Zimbabwe. We have T4A and I-overlander, but look for "the experiences" of the members of this forum.


    We wil enter Zimbabwe around the first week of June via the Kazungula border post. Our route will roughly be:


    Vic Falls Backpackers?
    Hwange gonna try picknick sites on walk in tariff and I have contacted Robins if they are already open
    Bulawayo
    Matabo NP
    Great Zimbabwe
    (Chimanimani NP)
    Gonarezhou NP


    We are looking for campsites in and out of these parts/destinations. We would be very grateful for any recommendations!




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    Default Re: Looking for affordable campsites in Zimbabwe, June 2018

    I just wonder why you ommit Mana Pools if you have 1 or 2 months in Zimbabwe. It is the best park in the region for me and definitely better than Etosha or Chobe. Only Khwai Triangle is on par with it, but just because it is free.
    But back to your question:
    VF: Shoestring Backpackers (if you can tolerate/take part in weekend disco)
    Hwange: Guvalala Platform - always succeeded as walk-in, never booked out
    Outside Mana : Jecha Point

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    Default Re: Looking for affordable campsites in Zimbabwe, June 2018

    Thx!

    Mana Pools is almost unaffordable for us. As I can see the cheapest campsite is Standard Campsite Nyamepi for 70/day. Means at least 120$ a day. Do you know if the donít have walk in tariffs like Hwange?

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    Default Re: Looking for affordable campsites in Zimbabwe, June 2018

    Vic falls - Camp at Vic falls Rest Camp, and if you want to stay in bungalows, then stay at VF rest camp bungalows.

    Hwange : any camp inside ( or walk in rate at picnic spot)

    Bulawayo : Burke's Paradise.

    Matobos - Big Cave camp

    Gweru - Antelope Park

    Masvingo ( near Great Zim ruins) - Norma Jeans Lakeview resort

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    Default Re: Looking for affordable campsites in Zimbabwe, June 2018

    Quote Originally Posted by jorisv View Post
    Thx!

    Mana Pools is almost unaffordable for us. As I can see the cheapest campsite is Standard Campsite Nyamepi for 70/day. Means at least 120$ a day. Do you know if the donít have walk in tariffs like Hwange?
    No, there's no "walk in" tarrifs in Mana as they do in Hwange. But nevertheless, Mana is not that much expensive compared to Hwange. Walk in rate in Hwange is 29$, so 58$ for two of you, while in Manapools the standard Nyamepi site is 70$ per site. Yes, there is still 12$ difference and also conservation fees are steeper in Mana, but still, I think it is worth that difference. We liked Hwange very much, but Manapools is in quite a different, much higher league.

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    Default Re: Looking for affordable campsites in Zimbabwe, June 2018

    Thanks for the input.

    Walk in rates not 25pp usd?


    Picnic sites/overnight use/Site Shumba, Ngweshla, Masuma, Deteema, Kennedy 1 (PER SITE. Max 6 people, any extra to be charged US$25 per person non-res; US$15 per person local residents) US$173; US$121; US$90
    Picnic Sites per person (Walk in clients rate if less than 3 people US$25.00 per person.) US$29; US$20; US$15
    Camping ordinary (PER SITE. Max 3 pax. Extra US$17) US$50; US$35; US$30 Camping ordinary per person US$17; US$12; US$10

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    Default Re: Looking for affordable campsites in Zimbabwe, June 2018

    No, according to Zimparks official tarrifs, walk in rate for Hvange picnic sites is 29$. See here http://zimparks.org/about-zimparks/tarrifs/
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    Default Re: Looking for affordable campsites in Zimbabwe, June 2018

    We have a Game farm in Gwanda with a small self catering lodge if you find yourself around this area.
    Very un commercial, normally only used by friends etc but I am looking to start telling more people on here about it as a good stop off when crossing Beitbridge.
    We have a Facebook page called Longueville Bird and Wildlife Sanctuary.

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