Elephant heaven at Camp Kuzuma
There’s an exciting moment when you set off on a game drive and the ranger asks what animals you’d like to see.
It always makes me laugh, as if this khaki-clad Dr Doolittle can conjure up spectacular animal sighting on command. But you don’t even need to go out looking for the animals at Camp Kuzuma, because they’re going to come right to you
By: The Roving Ambassador
Camp Kuzuma is a private luxury safari lodge in Botswana’s famous Chobe region. It sits in the world’s busiest ‘elephant corridor’ linking two of Africa’s most amazing parks: Chobe National Park and Hwange National Park in Zimbabwe.
The lodge overlooks a waterhole used by herds of elephant as well as wildebeest, buffalo, roan antelope, sable, giraffe, lion and elusive leopards. If you prefer your wildlife a little smaller, you’ll be blown away by the abundant variety of birdlife.
Surrounded by the Kuzuma Forest, the lodge is 5km from the open plains of the Kazuma Pans. Daily game drives will take you to explore these areas and you can also join a foot safari, where a trained ranger takes you closer to nature on a bush walk.
Camp Kuzuma blends in perfectly with its surroundings, with elevated wooden walkways connecting five luxury tented suites to the main lodge. Don’t let the word ‘tent’ deter you though – each large individual suite offers crisp white linen on spacious king-size beds, with twin and triple bed options available. The on-suite bathrooms include a Victorian bath, double basin and ‘his and hers’ inside showers. But don’t miss the treat of an outdoor shower for the deliciously naughty feeling of watching the wildlife when you’re as naked as they are!
The suites stand under a canopy of mopane trees, at night maybe, you’ll hear a lion roar from the luxury of your big, safe bed. Each suite boasts a romantic and nostalgic ambiance with safari memorabilia and a private sun deck looking onto vast African landscapes. It’s eco-friendly too, with solar power providing electricity in the day and storing energy in batteries to power the camp at the night. Solar geyser’s supply hot water, so you can have a refreshing shower when you come back from your morning and evening game drives.
For more rejuvenations, book a treatment at the on-suite bush spa for a massage or a facial against a backdrop of the sounds of nature.
The main lodge has an open plan bar, lounge and dining area, and a large wooden deck with a sparkling swimming pool. Take a magical midnight dip under the million stars whilst looking out over the floodlit waterhole.
The sunken boma is a great place to read a book in the comfort in the cool afternoon breeze, and guests often congregate around the boma’s open fire after dinner for a nightcap and to swop their stories of the day.
Dining at Camp Kuzuma is another delicious experience, with gourmet cuisine with an African flair prepared by top-notch chefs. You can eat in the simple an elegant dining room open to the breezes, dine on the deck beneath the stars or have a private romantic dinner next to the pool while watching the watering hole.
You can also use the camp as a base to explore the rest of the famous Chobe National Park, take a cruise on the Chobe River or visit the spectacular Victoria Falls. All these trips can be arranged through the camp, as well as a visit to the local community to meet the village chief and see the children in the local schools.
Five-star Camp Kuzuma offers an incredible and unforgettable African adventure just an hour’s drive from Botswana’s Kasane airport.
- Twice daily game drives
- Guided bush walks
- Five luxurious suites offering maximum privacy
- Swimming pool
- Viewing deck overlooking a waterhole
- Gourmet cuisine served under the stars
- Full on-suite bush spa
- Eco-friendly design for maximum impact on the land
African Safaris usually deliver an impressive elephant or two. But Camp Kuzuma sits inside the world’s busiest elephant corridor named by hundreds of parading pachyderm