"Off the grid" eco-friendly safari lodge in Hwange National Park: for sale

"Off the grid" eco-friendly safari lodge in Hwange National Park

Hwange National Park, Zimbabwe


510 000 USD

Agent: Cliff Jacobs - Managing Principal Estate Agent & CEO (Nat.Dpl.Hotel Man (UJ). M.P.R.E.)
Agent Cellphone: +27 (0) 84 413 1071 / +27 (0) 61 716 6951
Agent Office Number: +27 (0) 21 554 0283
Agent Email Address: cliff@exquisitehotelconsultants.com
Type: Shareholding in a Game Lodge
Bedrooms: 16
Bathrooms: 16
Showers: 16
Parking: 30
Yield: Not Disclosed

Rondavels; traditionally thatched round rooms with en suite bathrooms

Our lodge has 16 traditionally thatched round rooms ‘rondavels’ and they all have en suite bathrooms, the perfect blend of ancient culture, nature and modern convenience. The  rondavels resemble the traditional Zimbabwean rural village homes and are nice and cool in summer and warm in winter under their thick layer of thatch, which makes your stay unique (especially when an elephant comes to drink from the pool right in front of your room…).

Eleven Classic Forest rooms which are the original rooms.  One of the 11 Classic rooms that were built in 1989 and hosted even Queen Elizabeth II in 1991. The rooms have en suite bathrooms with sink toilet and shower and all Classic rooms are facing each other in a big semi circle in which the tree house and Swimming Pool are near rooms numbers 7,8,9,10 and 11. 


Below: Five more modern ‘Vlei’ rooms were built in 2013 and are overlooking the waterhole.

All rooms are suitable for single, twin and double occupancy and we are happy to add extra beds for children. Our lodge is family friendly; we even have a swing!

Laundry, Swimming Pool & Tree House

Laundry service is provided at a small cost and limited wifi is available in the evenings before and after dinner.

This forest home also has a solar powered swimming pool for those hot African days and a tree house to relax in and breathe in the pure untainted air.

The Main Gazebo with Restaurant, Bar and Lounge

In the main gazebo there is the dining area, lounge, library and bar all overlooking the beautiful solar pumped waterhole in the Dete Vlei which is frequented by a host of wildlife visitors. You have the exciting opportunity to see sable antelope, zebra and thirsty herds of elephant and buffalo, and if you are really lucky you might even spot a lion, cheetah, painted dog, jackal and more…

Fire Pit and Dining under the African Skies

In front of the gazebo is a large outdoor fire pit where guests can have dinner under the stars with a glowing red campfire blazing beside them. Plant based, gluten free, or any other dietary requirement is happily prepared, the chefs are very passionate about the food.


Conservation & Projects we support wholeheartedly

The Soft Foot Alliance

The Soft Foot Alliance is based in the community living on the edge of Hwange National Park, Zimbabwe.

We use simple solutions to regenerate the landscape for all people and wildlife. ‘Tread softly’ is our motto and finding simple solutions so people can co-exist with other ‘soft feet’ on the landscape, Elephants, Lions, Hyenas, Baboons and Honey-badgers. These are the species, which are the hardest for people to live alongside; as Lions, Hyenas and Honey Badgers kill livestock and Elephants and Baboons raid crops. We work in a way so that all voices are heard using a participatory approach and focus on training communities in how to solve these problems.

Painted Dog Conservation

Painted Dog Conservation is considered by many to be a model for conservation.

Our vision is to protect and increase the range and numbers of painted dogs in Zimbabwe.

Conservation through Action and Education is our mantra. We are driven by the belief that conservation does not occur on an island. PDC has highlighted limited environmental awareness and a lack of economic opportunities as significant factors threatening the future of the species. Consequently we have implemented an Education & Development Program that targets the local communities in our core operating area. Direct action  strategies such as anti poaching units and a rehabilitation facility have been developed to combat the ever present threat from poaching. Our Visitors Centre teaches local and international visitors about the plight of the painted dogs and the Hwange ecosystem as a whole.

Our principal objective is to bring direct and real benefit to the local peoples in terms of increased employment and unparalleled education opportunities. The goal is not merely to teach new concepts about the environment, but to promote an emotional attachment to it that will lead to a lifelong attitude of caring for it.

Cheetah Conservation Project Zimbabwe

Cheetah Conservation Project Zimbabwe (CCPZ) helps to conserve cheetahs through (applied) research, education, collaboration and capacity building.

Sandra Jones Centre

The Sandra Jones Centre  is a home for orphans and abandoned babies and children in crisis. We have been operating for over 10 years and over 900 children have passed through our care. We currently have over 70  children in our care and the numbers are increasing almost daily.

Our mission statement  is: “To restore babies, children and youth of Bulawayo to a state of physical, emotional and spiritual well being, sufficient for them to proceed/return to a normal, well adjusted lifestyle, preferably within the framework of their family and/or social structure.”

Hwange National Park (formerly Wankie Game Reserve) is the largest natural reserve in Zimbabwe. The park lies in the west, on the main road between Bulawayo and the Victoria Falls and near to Dete.

It was founded in 1928, with the first warden being by the 22-year-old Ted Davison. He befriended the Manchester-born James Jones who was the stationmaster for the then Rhodesian Railways at Dete which is very near Hwange Main Camp. Jones managed incoming supplies for the park.

This park is considered for inclusion in the 5 Nation Kavango-Zambezi Transfrontier Conservation Area.

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Key features

This is a great investment opportunity to obtain a 50% shareholding in the profitable entity owning the lodge.

The Lodge overlooks the ancient riverbed of the famous “Dete Vlei” and is located within a private Forestry Concession on the outskirts of the unfenced and world-famous Hwange National Park. Conveniently located 8km from the Hwange National Park and 200km from Victoria Falls, this lodge offers easy access to these African gems.

Comprising of sixteen spacious and open-plan thatched ‘rondavels’, simply yet elegantly furnished to create a blend of traditional culture, nature and modern convenience, this African Forest “home-away-from-home” welcomes guests to an exquisite safari setting in unspoilt surroundings. The main area holds the restaurant, lounge, library and bar with full views of the ‘Dete Vlei’ and the lodge's  solar pumped “wildlife water- hole”. In addition, a quaint tree house and solar powered pool allow for guest to cool off during the heat of the day.

The Dete Vlei is frequented by herds of sable antelope, elephant, buffalo and other plains’ game species. Lucky sightings include lions, cheetah, painted dog, jackal and on the rare occasion leopard. Add to this the incredible selection of an estimated 350 bird species and you have one the most beautiful wildlife havens on earth.

In the evenings, guests can either enjoy a delicious three course dinner inside the main dining area or a cosy dinner under a blanket of the starry African night sky while the flames of the nightly camp-fire flicker in the wind.

The lodge harvests dead wood for cooking and heating up the traditional wood boilers. The lodge operates on generator power in the evenings and guests can charge their gadgets, each room has solar lamps for later in the night once the generator is switched off to allow guests to enjoy the natural sounds of the African wilderness.

At this lodge you will not experience the ultimate luxury, but you will be immersed by the enchanting teak forest and seduced by its peaceful and enchanting charm, where every new day holds the promise of a new adventure, unique discoveries, and a complete appreciation of the Natural World in which it is nestled.

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Cliff Jacobs (Nat Dpl Hotel Man (UJ). MPRE. GA Level 5 TEFL)

Managing Principal / CEO

Exquisite Hotel Consultants (Pty) Ltd

Mobile: +27 (0) 84 413 1071 / +27 (0) 61 716 6951

Landline: +27 (0) 21 554 0283


Skype: cliff.jacobs

Web: https://www.exquisitehotelconsultants.com

C/o Sybelstrasse 69

10629 Berlin


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