Linkwasha Camp, a mainstay of Hwange safaris for many years, suffered along with almost the en-tire industry when Zimbabwe’s tourism all but disappeared. Rebuilt on its own private concession, it brings top-end accommodation to this south-eastern corner of the park.
Linkwasha has been rebuilt in a high-luxury style and offers the kind of comfort and service that is extremely rare in Zimbabwe. The main area is arranged in a series of wide multi-level decks with comfortable day beds, and the centrepiece is a small pool perfectly positioned for basking and look-ing out over the savannah. Tables are very attractively laid out on the decking for al fresco meals but for colder weather there is also a lovely indoor dining area with bookshelves, elegant furnishings and a fire. The decor is contemporary and cleanly minimal, dominated by sweeps of light and dark wood and canvas, but also enlivened by plenty of touches of local colour and texture. The cuisine is of a very high quality and quite varied, and there is a good range of drinks included.
The private accommodations are Linkwasha are equally impressive. In these eight very generously-sized tents guests will find a king-size bed and at the end of it, sliding glass doors looking out on the nearby watering-hole. There are en-suite facilities in all the tents plus private decking, a work area and a couch, all designed in the same sensitively uncluttered style. There is also a family tent, identical in most particulars to the others, but with multiple bedrooms.
Activities at Linkwasha here revolve around viewing the splendid wildlife on offer. There are expert guides and a range of tours (walking or 4×4) available, and when their schedule permits, a presenta-tion from the resident conservationist.