Mana Pools and Lower Zambezi

Mana Pools and Lower Zambezi

Mana Pools

Kanga Camp

Kanga Camp

Kanga Camp has six tents set in the heart of Mana Pools National Park. The main area of the camp is on decking overlooking the pan. A relaxing lounge area under the shade of large trees overlooks the splash pool and pan. There is the choice of taking game drives in open-topped four-wheel drive vehicles or walking with professional guides. The opportunity to leave one’s vehicle and track game on foot is an experience rare in the national parks of Africa and in Mana Pools in particular this provides the visitor with the chance to track game in safety with an experienced professional guide. Other activities include night drives as well as canoeing which is organised on request. Game abounds on the flood plains and in the Mopane woodlands of Mana Pools. Kanga Pan particularly attracts great game in big concentrations as it is the only water found in the floodplain above the river. The predators, including Lion, Wild Dog and Leopard are often sighted and large concentrations of buffalo can be found in the Mopane woodland and open plains studded with Ilala Palms. Maximum 12 guests at any one time, which includes a family tent.

Goliath Safaris

Goliath Safaris

Is an owner-run safari company operating a luxury tented camp and canoe trails in the Lower Zambezi Valley. Stretch Ferreira, the founder and co-owner of Goliath Safaris has operated in Mana Pools for over 25 years and was one of the pioneers of canoe trails and luxury tented safaris in the area. Today he is based at our semi-permanent Luxury Tented Camp on the banks of the Zambezi River in the heart of Mana Pools National Park, a World Heritage Site and one of the last true wilderness areas on the continent. From here he conducts hikes, game drives and short canoe trips. World – renowned for his close relationship and interaction with individual animals within the park, Stretch is the main draw-card for anyone wanting a very personalized safari.

The semi luxury East African tents are pitched amongst a grove of Albida and Mahogany trees. Each tent has twin beds with teak furnishings which include a wardrobe and dressing table. En-suite facilities include flush toilets, hot showers and a washstand. Public areas include a covered lounge and bar, an open-air dining area and campfire seating. All meals ,drinks and activities are included in the rate.

Rukomechi Camp

Is in the middle reaches of the Zambezi River, a hundred kilometres below Lake Kariba in the Mana Pools National Park situated in the heart of the Zambezi Valley. Ruckomechi Camp lies on the banks of the Zambezi, shaded by a large grove of acacia and mahogany trees and with a superb view of the mountains of Africa’s Great Rift Valley across the river in Zambia.

The camp accommodates guests in ten spacious en-suite tented units, including a honeymoon suite, all of which overlook the Zambezi River. Each tent has both indoor and outdoor showers, and the camp boasts a favourite amongst guests: its outdoor ‘bath-with-a-view’ in a secluded, scenic spot. The central dining, bar, library and lounge areas face the escarpment and are connected to the rest of the camp by low-level walkways that minimise environmental impact. There is a separate deck with infinity pool for swimming and sun bathing, and an inviting, cushion-strewn star gazing deck.
Activities at Ruckomechi Camp include wildlife viewing in open 4×4 vehicles, on motorised pontoon boats, on foot and in canoes.

Vundu Camp

Vundu Camp

Vundu Camp is situated in Mana Pools National Park on the banks of the Zambezi River with the huge mountain of Kiyida part of the Zambezi Escarpment as a back drop beyond the river .The camp is nestled amoungst thick riverine vegetation with some spectacular trees , such as the Zambezi Figs , tamarinds , ebony and rain trees . The main area of the camp , where we have meals and meet for activities is set on 10’ poles above the ground which not only enhances the view of the river but helps keep the area cool . Down stream of the main lodge there are 5 rooms spread over about 200m , upstream of the lodge area is the other 3 rooms . Each of the 8 rooms has a view of the Zambezi .
The main lodge area is open sided with a tall thatched roof , it has both an inside dinning area where lunches are served , for shade during the heat of the day , the outside dinning area is where dinner is served under the stars and a chandalier hung from a over hanging ebony tree . There is also bar area where cold drinks are served , we have an ice machine to help on those hot days for those who like ice in their G and Ts . There are 2 sitting areas one over looking the river and another around the tea and coffe station , which available all day long . We serve freshly groung coffe in a french press system.
The rooms have gauze mesh front so have an open view of the river and good airflow .The 3 other sides are canvas , with an interleading door to the bathroom which also has canvas sides . The facilities include a proper flush loo , hot and cold running water for the showers , at present the basins do not have running water but are filled by the staff and a spare pitcher on the side , however , we are planning tominstall plumbimg to the basins in April next year before the season stars.
Activities from camp include combinations of game drives , walks and canoeing .

Zambezi Life Styles Camp

Zambezi Lifestyles Camp

Offers one of the best ways to experience Mana Pools on the banks of the mighty Zambezi. The 8-bed luxury mobile camp is set up prior your arrival near the Zambezi river, providing you with the opportunity to canoe and fish either from the banks or off an island in the middle of the river.
With 4 twin bedded tents and en-suite bathroom facilities that include flush toilets and an alfresco hot bucket shower, the camp gives luxury camping a new definition by virtue of its detailed furnishings that include 12 volt lighting and charging facilities for cameras. A well serviced mess tent with a dining and seating area forms part of the camp. A 12 bedded camp consisting of six tents can be set up for a single group on special request.
The camp has a minimum stay of three nights for a minimum of two people and is the perfect combination to include with Kanga Camp, Rukomechi, Chikwenya or Goliath safaris. Two night stays can be requested for larger groups of a minimum of six people.

Lower Zambezi

Chikwenya Camp

Chikwenya Camp

Chikwenya” literally translated as “to be scratched” is located on the banks of the mighty Zambezi River at the confluence of the Sapi River. The Zambezi River floodplain is famous for its acacia forests, commonly known as winter thorn which, provide a protein rich pod fuelling the diverse ecosystem of the lower Zambezi valley. Lion, leopard, elephant and buffalo are abundant as well as Eland, Nyala, Zebra, Kudu, Impala, Baboon, Waterbuck and Warthog. This section of the river also hosts one of the highest concentrations of Hippo found anywhere in Africa.
Teaming with fish of all species, primarily the ferocious Tiger fish, the river provides fishing of unbeatable standard.
Enjoying uninterrupted views of spectacular sunsets and year round game, the lodge has been designed to compliment its wild surroundings. There are 8 private accommodation lodges, each with private bathroom, dressing room, outside shower and colonial bath. All rooms have both air conditioning and overhead fans. Exclusively decorated, each room has been built on a teak platform with a private deck from which to relax and enjoy the stunning views of the Zambezi River Valley. Additional to these rooms, are a unique Honeymoon Suite with its own spa bath and a Presidential Suite with private swimming pool, dining and bar area.

Natureways

Natureways

Canoeing on the Lower Zambezi. Natureways is an owner-run up market tented camp safari operator. They pride ourselves on using only the best guides. Natureways also has a long history in the Zambezi Valley and especially in Mana Pools.. In 2004, Natureways and long haul operator, Canoeing Safaris, joined forces and as a result Natureways Safaris now also conducts expeditionary style canoeing safaris on the Lower Zambezi.

Seasons:
High Season 1 July – 31 October
Low Season 1 November – 30 June

Safari Options:
1) Zambezi Explorer Trails and
2) Zambezi Odyssey Trail