Antelope Park

Why Visit?: 

Antelope Park is ideally situated in Gweru for a stopover for visitors on their way to Bulawayo, Hwange or Victoria Falls. Home to the world famous African Lion and Environmental Research Trust (ALERT) lion rehabilitation programme and conservation initiative working towards ethically re-introducing the offspring of captive-bred African lions back into the wild. The money generated goes back into the rehabilitation program, and the time the lions spend in the bush provides them with invaluable experience when it comes to them perfecting their hunting skills.

 

 

 

How to get here: 

From Harare take the A5 towards Bulawayo through Chegutu, Kadoma and KweKwe, 275 KM reach Gweru, pass through Gweru towards Bulawayo, 286.8 KM turn right at signpost for Antelope Park. Take the good gravel road to reach Antelope Park.

From Bulawayo take the A5 towards Gweru, the turnoff for Antelope Park is on the left shortly before reaching Gweru.

GPS reference: 19⁰30′28.18″S 29⁰43′14.61″E

 

 

 

 

 

 

The 1,200 hectare private game park offers a wide variety of activities suitable for all ages and differing lengths of stay which will appeal to eco-tourists and families who can enjoy the relaxed environment as well as participate in any or all of the activities offered including:

Lion walks take place without the lions wearing leashes or collars; it is all part of the effort to ensure the survival of their species as Antelope Park works together with the African Lion & Environmental Research Trust (ALERT) to battle the rapid decline of the lion species through the African Lion Rehabilitation and Release into the Wild Program.

Lion Cub Viewing and cub feeding.

Elephant Rides and Training

Night Encounter, game drives and bush walk to explore the bush with an experienced guide who will point out details guests are sure to miss, there are over twenty mammals and approximately 120 species of birds to be seen.

Fishing for bass, bream and catfish in the lake or river. Bring your own equipment, or hire.

Canoe or take a boat and explore the water areas, lifejackets are obligatory. Take a sundowner cruise and enjoy the sunset with friends.

Horse Rides and Lessons are available daily with lunar rides during full moon.

The choice of accommodation will suit different budgets and varies from:

River Lodges
Thatched, en-suite lodges come have everything needed for a family and have a large, raised wooden deck veranda overlooking an inlet of the river- the perfect place to sit and unwind after a busy day.

Island Lodges
Three thatched, en-suite lodges overlooking the lake have double or twin beds and are a short walk across the bridge to the island.

River Tents
Large, East African-style en suite tents with showers, toilets and hand basins  overlook an inlet of the lake and are furnished with indigenous teak furniture all made at Antelope Park.

Standard Rooms
Basic but comfortable, the standard rooms are for guests who are on a budget, but still like a few creature comforts, such as an overland camper looking forward to upgrading to a nice comfy bed for the night. These use communal ablutions a few metres away from the rooms.

Camping
Perfect for overlanders, campers and those on a budget, the campsite is located in a shady area right next to the lake and swimming pool, convenient to cool off after your journey and includes camp showers and toilet facilities, as well as cooking facilities. Campers have a choice of dining in the dining room, or cooking for themselves in the spacious A-Frame braai areas with the firewood provided.

A wide choice of meals is available in the thatched, open sided dining room with views over the lawns onto the lake, or al fresco seated under leafy trees on the lawn. A coffee shop serves light snacks and refreshments throughout the day which can be enjoyed either outside, or on the upstairs deck and bar with its extensive views. The coffee shop also doubles as the curio shop and offers traditional and local souvenirs.

In the evenings, guests socialise around the camp fire pit.

Antelope Park will host weddings from 100 to 600 guests and have facilities for conferences. 

 

 

When to visit: 
All year around Monday to Sunday 6am to 6pm
Fee: 
Entrance and accommodation fees charged
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