Dana Finds “Family” In Zimbabwe

by Sandy Salle on July 23, 2019

Dana Crone, our newest member of the Hills of Africa team, reflecting on an amazing trip to Africa and shares her story with us here. “Khulu Bush Camp is in the forefront of my memory.  Two things first come to mind when I reflect on Khulu – pride and family. Photographs of the family, who own and run this peaceful property, are displayed throughout main camp.”

I was fortunate to meet the family. Cedric, known as Khulu, his wife Gaye and their daughter Sharon could not have been more gracious. They greeted us with open arms and treated us like family at both Khulu Bush Camp and sister property Amalinda Lodge. The history of their camps and stories of life in Zimbabwe, told around sundowners, dinner or evening camp fires, will forever touch my heart. 

This family and their incredible staff pour their heart, soul, energy and hard work into each day so that guests can experience pure Africa.  I never had to worry about my room being tidy, my tummy being full, my comfort or anything during my stay. 

Early morning wake-up calls did not seem too daunting when I walked into main camp and to see our guide already there smiling as he is prepared fresh coffee and gathering ALL that was needed for our game drive. 

The vehicles were fully stocked with drinks, snacks, bug spray, and even toiletry items for visiting the “outdoor loo”. I was privileged to wear the most amazing, warm and fun poncho while on the vehicle or just killing time while our guide did some tracking (you had to be there!).

The guides in Zimbabwe are the most passionate, knowledgeable and likeable people I have ever met.  Their smiles light up the landscape. No question was too silly or went unanswered.  It is evident, they are proud of their country and love sharing it with all who visit.  We saw great game when we are at Khulu and if game was light, our guides made sure we saw something memorable before returning to camp.

Upon arriving back at camp, I was greeted by smiling staff  waiting with a cloth to freshen up. A cold cloth if it was warm outside or a warm cloth for the chillier returns.  The freshest, most amazing lunches, dinners and beverages were prepared.

After dinner one night, as we were sitting around the camp fire, elephants came so close, we could hear them breathing between their drinks from the camp pool, now that was AWESOME!

My chalet was spacious from the main room to the bath area.  Each night there was a heated blanket, set to the perfect temperature waiting to welcome me into the most comfortable bed for the night. I am honest when I say, I have never slept better than during my nights in Africa.

I was teary as I said goodbye but also smiled- I will return again to see all the new things that will have come to fruition as well as familiar peaceful surroundings and my new “family” at Khulu Bush Camp.

We would love for you to create memories like Dana did on your trip to Africa, so feel free to reach out to us at hoainfo@hillsofafrica.com or call us at 800.940.9344 and we will start planning so you can start dreaming today.

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