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Sikumi - A piece of Africa

Sikumi - A piece of Africa

Visitor looks out towards the water hole
Visitor looks out towards the water hole

Nine years after my last visit, I returned to Sikumi to find that this place of natural beauty has survived. Hwange National Park and surroundings has quietly become Africa’s best-kept secret, its most hidden treasure.

Marleen and Brian, the lodge managers, and their staff spare no effort to make their visitors feel at home. Highlights of our stay included an impala kill by a pack of four wild dogs at the Sikumi waterhole after we returned from the moonlight game drive. Unforgettable was the herd of about 500 buffalo passing by and making a stop at Sikumi and seeing lion every game drive. Most impressive were the numerous groups of elephant which included the famous Presidential Herd.

I have visited a number of camps and lodges around Zimbabwe, Sikumi Tree Lodge certainly ranks among my favourite. I hope to be back soon.

Read more about the region in our destination guide:
Hwange

Read more from this issue:
Zambezi Traveller (Issue 06, Sept 2011)