Bomani Tented Lodge is situated in 5000 acre private reserve within the Ngamo Forest Area, adjacent to Hwange National Park (only a 15 minute drive from the Lodge’s own private gate into the Park.
Accommodation at Bomani is in 9 tents and one thatched family bungalow. There are 5 Hornbill Tents which are raised 1 metre above the ground on wooden decks, overlooking the Ngamo Plain. The additional 4 Spurwing Suites and the bungalow are set at ground level and overlook the lodge’s own waterhole. Each tent is comfortably furnished, and have private en-suite bathroom, hot running water and electricity by diesel/solar generator
Bomani’s main lodge area overlooks Bomani Pan and comprises an open dining room, bar area and lounge, built on a spectacular viewing platform.
At Bomani there are no set schedules and timetables for guests, as you can tailor-make you time spent at the Lodge….There is an excellent selection of activities: Game drives are conducted by experienced guides in traditional open safari vehicles. The morning drive allows for a refreshment stop, enjoying tea, coffee and biscuits; in the afternoon cool drinks and cooked snacks are provided.
Game walks are an excellent option, to get closer to nature, and for photography of big game. You might also wish to join a short night drive in Bomani’s private concession. The Lodge also has game-viewing blinds at some of the waterholes, making an ideal location for wildlife photography.
A popular activity the full-day visit within Hwange National Park itself, visiting the waterholes which the Lodge maintains. This involves dropping off fuel and oil for the motors as well as rations and supplies for the pump attendants. Enjoy a picnic lunch near one of the waterholes followed by a leisurely game drive back to the lodge in the afternoon.
Twenty minutes’ drive from the lodge you have the chance to enjoy an actual and un-orchestrated look at village life in rural Matabeleland. Hosted by one of Bomani’s guides, this is a fascinating tour of a variety of daily village activities. It is followed by a visit to one of the nearby schools, hosted by the Headmaster, where guests are given the opportunity to hear traditional songs sung by the children and enjoy a ‘class interaction’. This is much appreciated by the school, as it is a wonderful way for the pupils to meet people from all over the world and learn about different cultures and countries.
Birding is excellent in the area, and the best periods are from late November to early April. This wet season brings migrants – Palaearctic and Intra African – as well as an eruption of alate and amphibians. Three months later, as the rains dissipate, fledglings leave their nests, and the migrants prepare to take flight.
But Hwange’s most important and impressive factor is the variety of closely knit habitats it is home to, and the allied diversity - Acacia woodlands; Kalahari Sandveld; Palm Savannah; Flooded Grasslands; Open Grasslands