John operates according to quotas and availability thereof: Depending on the package you have decided on, you may find yourself in a luxury lodge on a private hunting estate, or on the vast state-owned hunting grounds. Areas and locations can be seen on this map.
Lowveld Hunts – Bubye Valley Conservancy
Several exclusive private hunting camps in the Zimbabwe lowveld are situated in the south east of Zimbabwe on the old Pioneer wagon trail between the famed Tuli Block and the Shashe River. This area is known as the Bubye Valley Conservancy which is privately owned and run. This is the renowned sweetveld region, purchased by Liebigs (later Lemco) at the turn of the 20th century. It is where the ‘Great Hunters’ of the late 1800s came to hunt. Having once been home to the largest and most diverse variety of game to be found in the country, the 850 000-acre hunting conservancy has been restored to its former splendour. With the recent addition of Elephant and Zimbabwe’s remaining Black Rhino population, your impressions will be much the same as those experienced by Frederick Courteney Selous when he first arrived to hunt here. As far as possible all clients will have their own camps – they are pretty much all of the same standard. They are generally stone under thatch with bathrooms en suite – just different designs with different views. The conservancy is huge with no internal fences and is without a doubt the best all-round hunting area in Zimbabwe – it contains Lion, Leopard, Buffalo, Elephant, Rhino and Cheetah, many more species than on Malangani. You simply will not be disappointed. All species will be hunted in the same area – we will not have to move from place to place thus involving costly air charters. Click here for more info on the Bubye Valley Conservancy.
Private Luxury Camps
Private camps such as these are at the disposal of John’s hunting clients. Most camps, which are fully-staffed, can accommodate parties of four to fourteen guests.
Built high on a hill overlooking the western part of the concession, Chamalaya Camp is a comfortable safari camp comprising 3 thatched chalets, all with bathroom ensuite. There is a central dining, bar and lounge area. A fire pit and seating area round off a very functional lodge. Power supplied by 220v generator.
On the eastern banks of the Bubye River, Dyers Camp is an extremely comfortable safari camp comprising of four stone under thatch chalets with twin beds and bathroom ensuite. A central dining and lounge area, also stone under thatch, makes for a great camp. Power supplied by 220v generator.
Fimbiri Camp has three double chalets each with a bathroom en-suite and a verandah. The Camp is sited on top of a small hill with a 360 degree view of the surrounding bush. It has a swimming pool and outside bar/fireplace area, as well as an indoor dining and lounge area. Power supplied by 220v generator.
Built literally into the waters of Nengo dam, and serving the north/central section of the concession is Nengo Camp. The two large, comfortable chalets have bathroom attached, electricity, and twin double beds. A stone under thatch dining, bar and lounge area enhances the African feel of the camp. Power supplied by 220v generator.
Ngali Camp is Lemco’s oldest camp in the most game rich section of the concession. The camp is comfortable, comprising of four thatched chalets, each with en-suite bathrooms. Power supplied by 220v generator.
Ripple Creek Camp
Sited on a rise overlooking Ripple Creek dam, this beautiful camp offers five star accommodation to our clients. The 3 double chalets each have 2 double beds and a western style bathroom attached with bath, shower, basin and toilet. Power supplied by 220v generator.
This beautiful and ultra luxurious lodge, originally intended for photo safaris, serves the South Eastern section of the concession. The thatch chalets with ensuite bathrooms are tastefully decorated and extremely comfortable. With six double chalets, the lodge is ideal for large groups. Set right on the banks of the Bubye River and in the heart of lion country, Samanyanga combines western comfort with African ambience. Power supplied by 220v generator.
Clients will be met at Bulawayo airport and can travel to the Conservancy either by road (4 hours) or by air charter. Road transfers cost US$250 per vehicle required. Clients on a full day road transfer during the course of a safari will be charged an observer rate for that day as it will not be counted as a hunting day.