Named after Hwange National Park’s first head warden, Ted Davison, and situated in the Linkwasha Concession, overlooking a waterhole, Davison’s Camp is a first-rate tented camp.
The focus at Davison’s is on the beautiful surroundings of the concession, and thus the camp itself is unapologetically classic and fairly basic. That’s not to say that it lacks comfort. On the contrary, the decks, lounge area and dining-room that constitute the main areas are very comfortable indeed, a mix of welcoming modern furniture, canvas and local touches in the form of colourful rugs, throws and thatched roofs.
It’s all nestled in the shade of African rosewoods and gives the impression of being a semi-invisible part of the landscape.
food and service
There is excellent food served in the dining-room and tea and coffee available all day, but it should be noted that other drinks, though readily available, are not included – though prices are reasonable.
The accommodations at Davison’s are a step up from the shared areas in terms of polish. Very comfortable, each chalet has either a double or twin beds and a solid concrete floor that’s covered in rugs to take the edge of the temperature when it’s cold.
There is a canvas roof providing total protection from the elements and expansive mesh windows that can be fully opened for ventilation and to appreciate the views. All the tents are en suite with flush-toilets and hot and cold running water, and all have ceiling fans and a comfortable sofa or chaise longue. An extra mattress can be added to a twin or double room, comfortably accommodating three.
Activities-wise, Davison’s offers a range of guided driving and walking tours with certified guides. Between 1 July and 30 November, intrepid travellers can take up the option to fly-camp for two nights.
Both Wilderness Safaris and the Wilderness Wildlife Trust support an elephant movement study; currently ten elephants have been collared and are being monitored. They are also advocates for crucial work being carried out by the Scorpions Anti-Poaching Unit, which protects 56,000 hectares (138,000 acres) in the south-eastern region of Hwange.
Davidson’s water resources are tested to the limit during the dry season, and from April pumps run 24 hours a day right through until the end of November (or even December when needed) to provide Hwange’s wildlife with water.
The camp is also gradually replacing old diesel-run generators with solar engines to reduce its carbon footprint.
Wilderness Safaris and Children in the Wilderness work closely with the schools and communities that lie on the perimeter of Hwange, and have provided everything from classrooms to medical clinics, alongside vital free school meals.
The camp is a proud member of Pack for a Purpose, an initiative that encourages guests to bring school supplies with them when visiting.