The Hideaways Camp Kuzuma is a luxury African safari lodge, bordering Chobe National Park (Botswana) and Hwange National Park (Zimbabwe). The camp is about an hour from Kasane airport. It is as close as you can get to bush heaven. Not only is this 5-star lodge private and exclusive; it is also an oasis for the animals and some of the 196 bird species that live here. You need not move further than the comfort of your armchair to watch the game either drinking at the water hole or wandering around the area.
Kuzuma means ‘hunter’ in Botswana’s indigenous language but the only shooting in the area is with a camera lens. The camp has a strong co-operation with Elephants without Borders to ensure their survival. What sets it apart, is the proximity of the elephants at the camp’s waterhole. This can only be described as elephant heaven. Whether you are having an outdoor shower, sitting on the deck with a sundowner. Or being pampered with a back massage in the open tented spa. They are never more than a short, trumpeting charge away.
The main lodge area is home to an open plan bar, lounge and dining area. This opens to the bushveld, boma and pool with extended deck. The sunken fire pit just off the deck welcomes guests. And offers an opportunity to find solace and comfort whilst reading a book in the cool afternoon breeze. It is the informal meeting place for a nightcap and story swapping in the tranquil evenings. You are likely to hear the sound of a hyena barking or laughing, bat eared foxes in the distance or equally the sound of lion on the hunt.
Camp Kuzuma Accommodation
Hideaways Camp Kuzuma has 7 x luxury open plan tented suites. They are connected with an elevated walkway. To give you a height advantage if you were to meet a lion passing through the camp! The 49m² canvas and stone suites are open to the bush during the day. Each has a sundeck as well as private outdoor showers. Think Victorian high backed baths, silver trays and teapots, leather couches and super king sized beds. Draped with mosquito nets.
You want for nothing and are woken in the morning by the soft beating of African drums as the sun is rising. The perfect setting for a luxury bush holiday.
Two of the tents are in close proximity to each other making them perfect for families.
Children are welcome from +7 years. Younger kids under 7 years will be on a request basis
From 7 – 15 years pay 50% of the adult rate when sharing with an adult/s. A maximum of 1 x child can share a tent with up to 2 adults.
Children aged +16 years pay full adult rate. If a child stays in a tent on their own, they pay the full adult rate.
Camp Kuzuma Activities
The animals are free to roam across the 11 800 hectares of traversing rights in the pristine Kuzuma Forest reserve. On the surrounding open plains of the Kuzuma Pans you can see wildebeest, buffalo, roan antelope, the very beautiful and rare sable, giraffe, lion and leopard. Rhinos are however, protected in secret sanctuaries and apparently guarded more closely than the President.
200 000 elephants roam in this busy corridor. Including massive breeding herds, bachelor herds and lone ranging bulls. They move thousands of kilometers across the country’s wildlands. Using ancient routes to pass through private farms, national parks, towns and move deep into neighboring countries. The lit waterhole attracts many animals, especially at night. Camp Kuzuma was voted as one of the 7 best boutique lodges by the Kavango Zambezi Transfrontier Conservation Area (KAZA). The award celebrates Africa focusing on local experiences and Eco-tourism.
The Kazuma Plains are renowned for their prolific birdlife. Making Camp Kuzuma perfect for twitchers. For enthusiasts, some 380 different African bird species are found in this region.
Enjoy a soothing spa treatment in the wild. Camp Kuzuma offer reflexology and aromatherapy massages in their open air spa tent.
Camp Kuzuma’s aim is to tread the earth lightly and minimize their carbon footprint. They operate completely off the grid using 100% renewable solar energy systems. With power being generated by solar panels.
Camp Kuzuma Accommodation Rates
1st May – 31st October 2023: USD 620
November 2023: USD 425
1st March – 30th April 2024: USD 445
1st May – 31st October 2024: USD 660
November 2024: USD 445
Camp Kuzuma closes annually during the wet season from 1st December to 1st March
All meals (breakfast, lunch and a 3 course dinner),
Water, soft drinks, beers, ciders, mixers, and house wine,
2 shared activities per day (game drives),
Laundry (one bag of laundry per room, per stay),
Chobe River cruise on arrival/departure day for full paying guests for accommodation bookings of +2 nights. Note that this is dependent on arrival/departure times and routing. Subject to a supplement for single travelers.
Imported and premium brand drinks,
Grow Africa Levy (currently $10 per person per night),
Activities not included
Kuzuma Forest Reserve