Located in northern Zimbabwe, the legendary Mana Pools National Park is a remote and beautiful wilderness, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, known for its wildlife rich floodplains and magnificent views of the Zambezi River, set against the scenic backdrop of the Zambezi Escarpment in neighbouring Zambia. The word ‘mana’ means ‘four’ in the local Shona language referring to the four large pools formed by the meanderings of the mighty Zambezi over millenia.
Mana Pools is renowned for its raw natural beauty and as one of the continent’s premier game-viewing areas; large populations of elephant and buffalo and the country’s largest concentrations of hippopotamus and crocodile spread across over 2,000 square kilometres of riverfront vegetation, flanked by forests of mahogany, ebony and albida acacia trees, whose towering forms filter sunlight through the canopies to create a unique, cathedral-like atmosphere.
These are a selection of lodges that we feel combine well for this journey. However we do also have a range of options to consider in each region, and can tailor them to you preference.
Zambezi Expeditions is down-to-earth but highly comfortable, placing emphasis on the unbeatable location along the banks of the mighty Zambezi, overlooking the rugged escarpment in the distance. The camp is elegant and intimate with just six Meru-style tents resting under the shade of acacia and sausage trees, accented by thoughtful safari-chic touches, complete with authentic bucket-showers. A perfect base from which to explore Mana Pools, complemented by wonderful service and outstanding guiding.
Nyamatusi Camp is set in one of the wildest parts of Africa along the banks of the Zambezi, one of the world’s oldest rivers, located in the remote eastern fringes of Mana Pools National Park. Embracing eco-conscious, sustainable design - fully solar-powered and built from all-natural materials - six luxurious tented suites offer uninterrupted views of the river and escarpment beyond, which can be enjoyed from the comfort of private viewing decks and plunge pools.
Located in a large private concession on the western boundary of Mana Pools National Park, Ruckomechi Camp rises along the banks of the Zambezi River and gazes out towards the Zambian escarpment. The camp's ten spacious and beautifully decorated en-suite tents stretch out across almost a kilometre of riverfront, resting beneath the shade of broad-canopied albida trees, beloved by the local elephant for their nutritious seeds.
Situated within a private concession on the eastern boundary of the renowned Mana Pools National Park, Chikwenya is a photographer’s paradise as it looks out over an open floodplain and the broad Zambezi River, with a backdrop provided by the mountains of the Rift Valley escarpment. The luxurious seven-tented camp is surrounded by a dense forest of albida and mahogany trees, which provide deep shade during the heat of the day.
Sapi Explorers sits within the private Sapi Concession: 118,000 hectares of prime protected wilderness, perfectly located along the Zambezi River, offering an ideal base to explore the Sapi Reserve, Mana Pools and the Zambezi River. With only five explorer-style tents, each with en-suite bucket shower and flush toilet, the safari experience is reminiscent of the old African explorers; the focus of this intimate and exclusive camp being one of adventure and discovery in this remote wilderness.
Situated further inland, within a pristine private concession on the edge of Mana Pools National Park, Kanga Camp is positioned adjacent to the remote Kanga Pan, which, aside from the Zambezi River many miles away, is the sole source of water in the dry season, making this an absolute haven for wildlife. Each of the six simple yet elegant Meru-style tents are raised on individual wooden platforms for an elevated view overlooking Kanga Pan and it's myriad visitors.