Bomani Tented Lodge
Bomani Tented Lodge lies on a private concession of the magnificent Ngamo plains on the edge of Hwange National Park. Bomani is known for its unique open scenery and the vast herds of elephant. We love this location, which it shares with its sister lodge, Camelthorn Lodge. You can enjoy your breakfast whilst watching zebra and wildebeest quietly graze, or sip a sun downer as giraffe and elephant soak up the day’s final rays.
The main lodge is an open fronted dining, sitting and bar with a teak viewing deck. There is a swimming pool as well and below is a wonderful campfire area overlooking the plains.
There is a range of different accommodation at Bomani. There are 5 Saddlebill tents which are raised on stilts. These are slightly smaller than the new tents. But full of charm, each with an en suite bathroom with shower. There are 4 Spurwing tents which are extremely spacious (62 sqm) and situated on the ground overlooking the plains. However rather plainer in ambience. Some can take extra children as they have two double beds. One is a honeymoon tent with a bath as well as shower.
There’s a thatched bungalow (Sable Suite) with air-conditioning, overhead fan, minibar and sleeper couch for children.
Finally there is a two bedroom family suite (Sable Suite), slightly away from the other accommodation. it has amazing views over the Ngama plains. It comprises two large en suite bedrooms with luxurious baths and outdoor showers. There’s a large open plan lounge and dining room so that you can enjoy private dining if you prefer. It sleeps 6 as two extra beds can be added.
Activities at Bomani Tented Lodge
At Bomani there are no rigid schedules and timetables. Instead they tailor your time around your particular interests. Activities include early morning and afternoon game drives but also plenty of walking if you are keen.
Join your guide on a sunrise game drive inside the Park, track herds of elephant by foot, and enjoy close up photography from inside the amazing look-up elephant blind. Or opt for a relaxing lie-in before visiting the nearby village and school for insight into the daily lives of the local children. Night drives are also common either at the end of a game drive or after supper, especially if lion are heard calling nearby.
Another popular game-viewing option are ‘pump runs’. Hwange National Park and its wildlife relies on pumped water holes in the dry season. (This has always been the case, ever since the park’s inception in the 1930s). Imvelo operates eight waterholes in the south-eastern part of Hwange, some many miles into the park. So you can take a full-day safari to visit these waterholes and drop off fuel and oil for the pumps plus rations for the pump keepers. You enjoy a picnic lunch at one of the waterholes, which are usually teeming with game as the dry season progresses, and then slowly head back to the lodge, game-viewing en route.
Finally horse-riding is available on their private concession. Several options are available depending on your ability from beginners (1 hour) to intermediate to experienced 3 hours to a full day). You can even combine a horse safari with a visit to the local village. Horse-riding is an additional charge
Getting to Bomani Tented Lodge is also part of the adventure. You can choose between a light charter flight, a road transfer or a combined road/train transfer on Imvelo’s unique rail carriage from Hwange main camp.