When Andrew & Wendy Conolly bought a 3000-acre Game Farm in 1987 it included 8 lions and a small tearoom for day visitors.
Many wilderness adventures followed, getting to know all creatures wild and wonderful roaming this beautiful savannah area.
A campsite was established by the river, popular with overlanders travelling across Africa.
They joined in the adventures, which developed into the famous activities on offer for guests today.
And so, began a symbiotic relationship between visitors and wildlife. We call it CONSERVATION.
During a very turbulent time in Zimbabwe, Andrew began construction on the dining area and the first three River Lodges for guests, sparking friends to call him ‘Noah’, building an obsolete ark. The negative news headlines faded, life and visitors returned.
A few fairytale weddings and community camps later there were River Tents, Island Lodges and Conference Rooms.
Today’s guests are warmly hosted by the friendliest team on earth, invited to adventure in the wilds and enjoy safari-style facilities as they relax in camp.
Many of our excellent staff are from local communities where job creation and skills development are making an impact. We have also partnered with local schools, clinics, and other services in enrichment projects.
As you unwind by the pool or grab a coffee at SMILE café, you may notice small bunches of cheerful people drifting past. You might even catch a riveting story by the fire pit one evening. Volunteers from around the world come to serve in these community and conservation projects, helping them to flourish.
Media and Awards
Known as “One of Southern Africa’s most intriguing destinations” Antelope Park is proud to have been featured in a number of notable media productions and it was also the recipient of a collection of notable awards.
Lion Country: A UK television documentary featuring the African Lion Rehabilitation and Release into the Wild program, which was nominated for the UK’s National TV Awards in the category “Best Factual Program”.
Karina: Wild on Safari: A 13-part adventure series featuring Karina Holmes.
Roaring with Pride: A 14-part series documenting the work of the African Lion Rehabilitation and Release into the Wild Program featured on Animal Planet.
BBC’s Nature’s Miracle Orphans: Featured Antelope Park and the African Lion Rehabilitation and Release into the Wild Program.
World Travel Awards winners for “Zimbabwe’s Leading Private Game Reserve” in 2016, 2017 and 2018.
World Travel Awards nominee for “Zimbabwe’s Leading Private Game Reserve” in 2019.
TripAdvisor certificate of excellence in 2016 and 2017.