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Imvelo are excited to announce the opening of Jozibanini Camp! Situated in one of the most southern and untouched areas of Hwange National Park, ‘Jozi’ is a small exclusive camp in a truly wild place, providing a unique, untamed wilderness experience.

In the dry season, guests will reach the camp via 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 Safari Lodges. In the wet season, guests will go on an all-day game drive through the southern area of the park, ending up at Jozibanini in the late afternoon.

A ‘Look up Blind’ has been sunk just a few metres away from the camp waterhole and game viewing by moonlight from inside the blind will be an awesome experience. Guests will also be able to experience our unique new activity – game viewing on mountain bikes!

For travellers looking for an adventure off the beaten track, Jozi will be an exciting 2 day add on option to any of Imvelo Safari Lodges’ packages.

As an opening special for this unique camp in the heart of the pristine Zimbabwean bush, we will be keeping the rates at Jozi the same for 2015 & 2016.
Rack will be at an incredible value of USD $285 per person per night sharing, valid until 31st Dec 2016.

T’s and C’s: minimum 2 night stay, minimum 4 pax.

Campfire Scene 1 2015 (Small)

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Environmental Training Courses in the Okavango Delta

The Botswana Guides/ Nature Ecology Course is a theory based course with a strong emphasis not only on the practical skills of guiding but also the full syllabus used by southern African guides to qualify for the theory exam.

The focus of the course is taking the classroom to the wilderness. While there are informative lectures the majority of the training happens out in nature on boat, mokoro (dug-out canoe), on foot or in a 4 wheel drive vehicle.
The course is modular so you may join the course for 2 or 4 weeks. Many choose to do the full 28 days over a period of 2-4 years due to leave constraints.

· game walks
· approaching big game on foot
· game drives
· mokoro (dugout canoe) excursions
· motor boating
· muscle memory for rifle handling
· theory lectures
· navigation
· stargazing and astronomy

Obtaining a qualification is not necessary – this course is ideal for purely enrichment
purposes and no prior experience is required. However, there are two qualifications available and students may choose to do the FGASA qualification in addition to the BQA (Botswana Qualification Authority) qualification which is mandatory for obtaining a Botswana Guides License. Exams are weekly.

What sets Okavango Guiding School apart?

Kwapa Training Camp is situated in a wilderness area that is unfenced for hundreds of thousands of square kilometres. Doing your training in the Okavango Delta is a unique experience.



Elephant Express

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For nearly 20 years a rail transfer option for safari guests to the south east of Hwange National Park has been dreamt of, but in 2014 the Imvelo Safari Lodges team turned that vision into reality and re-invented their safari transfers into a unique activity, using the railway line that runs in an almost completely straight line along Hwange’s northern boundary . During 2014 and early 2015 it has been thoroughly tested and systems have been fine tuned. The ‘Elephant Express’ rail car is now operational and geared to ensure a fabulous experience for our guests visiting our lodges in southern Hwange. 8 km from Hwange Main Camp, at Impofu Siding, set in the shade of ancient Zambezi teak trees, our guests either boarding or alighting the Elephant Express will feel they have been transported back in time to an era when safari by rail was part of the adventure. At this exclusive siding in the forest, our guests can sip cold drinks and enjoy snacks following or prior to their 70 km, two hour trip into or out of Bomani or Camelthorn Lodges near Ngamo Siding. The Elephant Express seats 22 passengers and the finishes are comfortable and elegant. They include individual coach seating, a chemical toilet, teak tables, plenty of space for luggage and a large aisle that allows guests to walk around comfortably and provide unrestricted game viewing. Our railcar has every safety feature too.

The Elephant Express has been deliberately designed to travel either forwards or backwards, with an independent engine and gearbox at either end of the vehicle. There are also sidings every 10 km on the straight route to allow traffic to pass, and our drivers are experienced railways’ engineers each with over 30 years experience on this line. They are in constant communication with other trains and traffic control and have 25 km of visibility in both directions. Imvelo guides are also on board at all times to ensure guest comfort and help them enjoy the wildlife, scenery and vegetation en route. The Elephant Express also provides shorter game viewing trips across the Ngamo Plains to Ingwe Siding or can even be used as an all day activity for guests who want to make the trip to and from Impofu for fun – what a magnificent start or end to a safari in Hwange National Park, gently rattling along in style with a cool drink and enjoying the wildlife and vast wilderness around you.

The rail car transfer option will be free of charge between Impofu and Ngamo Sidings for 2015. Drop off and collection from Impofu will be either by transfer buses or game viewing vehicles depending on guests’ next or previous stop. At Ngamo Siding game viewing vehicles will drive guests for the 10 to 15 minute hop to either Bomani or Camelthorn Lodge. The Elephant Express will make daily return trips as necessary between Ngamo and Impofu. To Impofu in the morning and back to Ngamo in the afternoon. Please note that the Elephant Express runs according to daily scheduling specified by the National Railways of Zimbabwe and as such may be subject to delays and cancellations, which are beyond our control. Times are set daily and communicated to the incoming and outgoing road transfers. Sjaan on is our central controller between lodge and transfer companies to ensure smooth running. We need to exercise great caution when using the Elephant Express to link with regional and international air travel and these guests must arrive or depart by road transfers. However, we will endeavor to ensure that all our guests have the option to
experience the Elephant Express during their stay through either the transfer activity, a day trip or a short game viewing activity. This of course cannot be guaranteed for guests on short stays. Imvelo Safari Lodges are proud and excited to have started this unique experience for our guests to enjoy when visiting our lodges in the south eastern corner of Hwange. For further queries please contact or


Imvelo Safari Lodges acquires Nehimba Lodge

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We are thrilled to announce that Imvelo Safari Lodges has acquired Nehimba Lodge.

Situated in a private concession in the Northern part of Hwangwe National Park, Nehimba has seven spacious chalets and a charming guest area where you can relax by the pool and enjoy a unique wildlife experience in a remote and previously unexplored sanctuary, An easy scenic four-hour drive from Victoria Falls will bring you into the heart of this this unspoilt wildlife paradise. No two days are the same at Nehimba and game viewing experiences are tailor-made to our guests’ preferences, including game drives, walking safaris and night game drives.


Conservation projects at Shamwari Group in South Africa

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Nature has always been a priority in the Shamwari Game Reserve. In many ways, Shamwari is the pioneer in ecotourism in the Eastern Cape in South Africa. Today, there is a wildlife organization consisting of two veterinarians, two ecologists, environmentalists and more skilled conservationists. The main focus is to ensure a stable environment for flora and fauna in the long term and protect the ecological integrity as well as the maintenance of wildlife.

Shamwari Wildlife and its organization have been awarded many international conservation awards for its conservation efforts.
Despite the historical animal wealth in the Eastern Cape, a large part of which was almost wiped out within two centuries of agricultural development. Since 1990 Shamwari is actively involved both the animal and plant life to be restored. Today, Shamwari, consists of 25,000 ha mainly of natural vegetation and a variety of wild animals, which influence each other in a natural way, including the predator / victim dynamic which makes nature only a fascinating spectacle.

On 3,500ha in Shamwari Game Reserve rare animals are bred and raised.

Born Free Foundation Animal Rescue and Education Centre
This is a joint project of the Shamwari Game Reserve and The Born Free Foundation, UK, with the aim to ensure a long-term care and support rescued African Cats. These cats have lived internationally in cruel conditions and are now housed at Shamwari. In addition, educational opportunities for guests and students will be provided.

Protect rhinoceros and, at the same time, go on safari
In cooperation with the Wilderness Foundation guests of Shamwari Game Reserve, the Sanbona Wildlife Reserves and the Jock Safari Lodge can support the fight against the poaching of rhinos in South Africa. On the special price, Shamwari Group will donate to the Forever Wild – Rhino Protection Initiative.

Electrical safari vehicle
Recently Shamwari Game Reserve introduced their first electric vehicle to the safari experience, promoting “green” and nature conservation. Also hereby the initiative is supported against poaching in the Shamwari Game Reserve. The electric Nissan Truck with 20 seats is to be used amongst others by the students participating in the Shamwari Conservation Experience program.


Heritage Special Offer at Jock Safari Lodge

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Stay at Jock Safari Lodge during June & July 2015 our Heritage Offer!

R2500 per person per night sharing
R3750 per single person per night.

Special rate is inclusive of accommodation, 2 game drives, 1 game walk, 3 meals (breakfast, lunch & dinner), game drive drinks and all tea, coffees & waters.
Guest must book a minimum of 2 nights to be eligible for the “Heritage Offer” rate.

This special promotion is not combinable with any other offers that we currently have in place.


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