Jozibanini Camp is situated in the remote south west of Hwange National Park in a wilderness unused for nearly 20 years; only the wildlife and the Parks rangers who look after it frequent this area, once roamed by San people. This is a small, truly exclusive camp in a truly wild place, providing a unique, untamed wilderness experience.
The ecosystem here is semi-desert akin to the Kalahari in neighbouring Botswana. Ancient windblown fossil sand dunes are separated by shallow valleys where elephant paths have compacted the terrain, providing Imvelo with the opportunity for a unique experiment of game viewing by mountain bike. Imvelo is breaking new ground in Hwange in terms of the remoteness of the location and the uniqueness of the environment.
Ideally we recommend this as a two day add-on for guests from Imvelo’s other Hwange properties; Bomani, Camelthorn or Nehimba. These special guests will be looking for adventure; the day-long transfer to Jozibanini will be a ‘pump run,’ resupplying waterholes en route, providing an opportunity for guests to get involved in the incredible game water supply program that is unique to Imvelo.
– Mosquito nets
– Mosquito repellent
– Mobile LED lamp
– Solar LED lighting
A good way to spend a day at Jozibanini will be simply to stay seated in a shady spot, binoculars in hand, watching the wildlife as it comes to one of the waterholes to drink.
For those who want to go further afield, a specially adapted open 4×4 safari vehicle is available for you to explore the area with your expert guide.
Highly recommended is taking a walk with your professional guide. Typically this does not need to be strenuous, but a relaxed activity, taking time to look at animal tracks and antlions in the sand, pausing under a tree to discuss conservation and wildlife in a near-desert environment. For the more adventurous, tracking elephant and even lion on foot gives a fascinating insight into their lives and often an exciting up close experience with these magnificent animals.
Imagine you’re on a mountain bike enjoying the sounds and scents of the wilderness when your guide waves you to stop. Feeding casually ahead is a magnificent bull elephant – this is a road block with a difference. Your group waits patiently for the elephant to move off, which he does in due course, but it’s a good excuse to break for a picnic under a shady acacia tree. For once, time does not matter and the day is yours to lose in the African bushveld. Game viewing by mountain bike is on the cards for Jozibanini. Deep Kalahari sands make much of this area inappropriate for biking, but geography and elephants have worked together to make it a possibility here.
By modifying a standard steel shipping container, including fitting it with a flush loo, and sinking it deep into the Hwange sands, Imvelo created a cool, secure place from which to watch wildlife coming to drink at the Jozibanini waterhole. The toe level experience with elephants is a thrill. Over full moons guests can even spend the evening in the blind watching the wildlife come down to drink with a backdrop of stars in a crystal sky, and if you’re really enjoying yourself why not overnight in the blind – what an incredible experience, not available anywhere else in the National Park!