Zimbabwe Victoria Falls Hotel Victoria Falls Falls View 031 logo-zimbabwe
Back to Listing

Deteema Springs
Hwange National Park

Deteema Springs is part of the Machaba group which have five camps across Zimbabwe and Botswana, including Gomoti Plains Camp, Machaba Camp and Verney’s Camp, offering safari on the more affordable end. Deteema was opened in 2019 in the north western reaches of Hwange National Park and it is a fantastic camp for families (6-years and above) and safari goers who value exclusivity, as it is rare to see any other vehicles here. A 4-hour drive (or a 1-hour flight) from Victoria Falls, this camp is a great place to begin your Zimbabwe safari.

The camp presides over a Jurassic Park-esque plain; the landscape is punctured by large termite mounts and mopane trees, large bull elephants stride across the horizon, baboons scamper down the banks of the river to play with the young elephants, all watched by the characterful Marabou Storks, known fondly as the ‘undertaker birds’ due to their carrion diet and white and grey feathers. Tents one to four look out over the enormous plain, whereas tents five to eight have close-up views of the elephants drinking from the river, making for rather easy game viewing!

The tents themselves are compact but stunning: wooden floors, bright white linen with splashes of colour in a modern African safari vibe and open outside decking. When the team first arrived to build the camp, they found a pangolin curled up in what is now the entrance. This unique and special creature has now become the emblem of Deteema Springs, so pangolin adorned soft furnishings are subtly placed throughout camp as a reminder of this rare animal. The camp has a wonderfully comfortable vibe, making guests feel as if this was their own home. Breakfast is a glorious affair with fresh fruit, homemade granola, warm porridge and Amurala coffee on offer for the brave.

Walking safaris and night game drives are on offer at Deteema Springs and the guides in Zimbabwe are often cited to be the best in Southern Africa. Sightings of large herds of elephant, hippos and prides of lion are not uncommon, and the birding is also wonderful – one can expect to be woken by a barking hornbill making its presence known.

Deteema Springs is an Ampersand favourite and the combination of the camp itself, the team and the exclusive game viewing that Zimbabwe offers, makes this a must visit.

Deteema Springs, Hwange National Park, Zimbabwe (22).jpg Deteema Springs, Hwange National Park, Zimbabwe (22).jpg
Deteema Springs, Hwange National Park, Zimbabwe (21).jpg Deteema Springs, Hwange National Park, Zimbabwe (21).jpg
Deteema Springs, Hwange National Park, Zimbabwe (3).jpg Deteema Springs, Hwange National Park, Zimbabwe (3).jpg
Deteema Springs, Hwange National Park, Zimbabwe (6).jpg Deteema Springs, Hwange National Park, Zimbabwe (6).jpg
Deteema Springs, Hwange National Park, Zimbabwe (15).jpg Deteema Springs, Hwange National Park, Zimbabwe (15).jpg
Deteema Springs, Hwange National Park, Zimbabwe (16).jpg Deteema Springs, Hwange National Park, Zimbabwe (16).jpg
Deteema Springs, Hwange National Park, Zimbabwe (5).jpg Deteema Springs, Hwange National Park, Zimbabwe (5).jpg
Deteema Springs, Hwange National Park, Zimbabwe (23).jpg Deteema Springs, Hwange National Park, Zimbabwe (23).jpg
Deteema Springs, Hwange National Park, Zimbabwe (2).jpg Deteema Springs, Hwange National Park, Zimbabwe (2).jpg
Deteema Springs, Hwange National Park, Zimbabwe (19).jpg Deteema Springs, Hwange National Park, Zimbabwe (19).jpg
Deteema Springs, Hwange National Park, Zimbabwe (4).jpg Deteema Springs, Hwange National Park, Zimbabwe (4).jpg
Deteema Springs, Hwange National Park, Zimbabwe (1).jpg Deteema Springs, Hwange National Park, Zimbabwe (1).jpg
Deteema Springs, Hwange National Park, Zimbabwe (8).jpg Deteema Springs, Hwange National Park, Zimbabwe (8).jpg
Deteema Springs, Hwange National Park, Zimbabwe (18).jpg Deteema Springs, Hwange National Park, Zimbabwe (18).jpg
Deteema Springs, Hwange National Park, Zimbabwe (20).jpg Deteema Springs, Hwange National Park, Zimbabwe (20).jpg
Deteema Springs, Hwange National Park, Zimbabwe (10).jpg Deteema Springs, Hwange National Park, Zimbabwe (10).jpg
Deteema Springs, Hwange National Park, Zimbabwe (11).jpg Deteema Springs, Hwange National Park, Zimbabwe (11).jpg
Deteema Springs, Hwange National Park, Zimbabwe (12).jpg Deteema Springs, Hwange National Park, Zimbabwe (12).jpg
Deteema Springs, Hwange National Park, Zimbabwe (13).jpg Deteema Springs, Hwange National Park, Zimbabwe (13).jpg
Deteema Springs, Hwange National Park, Zimbabwe (14).jpg Deteema Springs, Hwange National Park, Zimbabwe (14).jpg
Deteema Springs, Hwange National Park, Zimbabwe (7).jpg Deteema Springs, Hwange National Park, Zimbabwe (7).jpg
Deteema Springs, Hwange National Park, Zimbabwe (9).jpg Deteema Springs, Hwange National Park, Zimbabwe (9).jpg
Deteema Springs, Hwange National Park, Zimbabwe (17).jpg Deteema Springs, Hwange National Park, Zimbabwe (17).jpg
The traveller sees what he sees, the tourist sees what he has come to see.
G. K. Chesterton

Client Testimonials

Everything you did for us whilst we were away was hugely appreciated, and Ampersand has been exemplary in every way. I'll always recommend you!
- Mr Richard Stoughton, Sri Lanka
I had a very lovely time and was looked after splendidly. My first visit to India could not have been better, save for being longer! But I shall return at some point and I shall look to you to make the arrangements.
- Matthew Nicklin, North India
Ampersand’s preparation, attention to detail and interaction before and during our trip show exactly why good travel agents have a role in today’s internet booking age. They were a delight to deal with!
- Mr David Wallace, North India
I would recommend Ampersand without any hesitation!!! The best travel agent that I’ve ever had. Everything – from the individual care and attention in planning the trip, through to the efficiency of the agents on the ground in India – was handled brilliantly. An absolutely first-class service all round!
- Matthew Annable, Rajasthan, India
So many highlights to choose from! The hotels were amazing but Maya Villa was a highlight… I loved just hanging out in the hammock reading my book and watching the peacocks chase the cows!
- Krista Weir, Sri Lanka
Ampersand provided a bespoke and flexible holiday, tailored to my every whim. Their highly professional staff had only one goal which was to arrange an exceptional holiday and some unforgettable experiences in India. I have no hesitation in fully recommending them and they will be the first company I approach in the future - 10/10
- Anonymous, India
Without question, you put together the best trip I have ever taken. We were shown around like visiting dignitaries, the hotels were fantastic and the itinerary was just right. Everybody I know will hear about how amazing Ampersand is!
- Leslie Siben, India
I thought the Ampersand team was outstanding. We couldn’t have hoped for anything more.
- Mr Geoffrey Johnson, India
We had a wonderful holiday - everything was perfect. Thank you for helping us to make a thoughtful plan to enjoy and make most out of our trip. The places we visited, the guides, the transportation and driver, the hotels selected... Everything was great!
- Jaime Benitez, South India
Difficult to articulate just how good the service from you and your team really was. We know you will continue to do well and hope we have the chance to seek your assistance again before long.
- Mr & Mrs Manson, North India

Let us keep you up to date

Sign up to our newsletter and never miss out on unmissable exclusive luxury experiences

Condé Nast Top Travel Specialist Award 2020
Condé Nast Top Travel Specialist Award 2019
Condé Nast Readers Choice Award 2019