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Kanga Camp

Mana Pools National Park, Zimbabwe

Kanga Camp is set in private concession on the edge of Mana Pools National Park. The camp is built around Kanga Pan, a permanent water hole, which as the only source of permanent water in the area, draws in incredible game during the dry season.

At a Glance

  • Enjoy an afternoon sitting in the shade of the trees on the camp deck and watch as the game floods through the bush to drink from the pan in front of camp

  • Spend a night in the 'platforms', raised decks in the trees above a dry riverbed - an incredible experience under the African night sky

  • Track animals directly from camp with one of the expertly trained guides

  • Take a day trip into the national park itself and enjoy a picnic lunch on the banks of the Zambezi

  • Enjoy delicious freshly prepared meals on the camp deck and watch incredible birdlife on the pan next to you

Off the beaten track, Wildlife, Adventure, Honeymoon

Insider's View

In the dry season you don't even need to go on the afternoon game drive...just sit on the deck and watch the action unfold!

Louisa Ross-Taylor

Insider's View

If you’re feeling adventurous, spend the night at one of their sleep-out decks

Scott Dunn team

Insider's View

Spend the night at Kanga Under the Stars for a chance to connect with the bush around you and listen to the wildness of its inhabitants

Annie Foot

Insider's View

A highlight of staying here has to be having a traditional dinner in a dried out river bed under a spectacular star-strewn sky

Annie Foot

Insider's View

Indulge in some true African delicacies whilst looking out over the waterhole, where you can enjoy animal sightings from your dinner table.

Harriet Whitmarsh

Call us on 858 345 1761 to start planning your vacation to Kanga Camp or take a look at our itineraries to Mana Pools National Park


Kanga Camp is an African Bush Camps property set within a private concession linked to the Mana Pools National Park, which is easily accessed by a game drive of approximately 1-hour. This intimate, six tented camp, is set back from the Zambezi away from the more visited Zambezi riverbank and offers a fantastic, different safari experience to the national park itself.

African Bush Camps is owned by the celebrated Zimbabwean guide Beks Ndlovu, himself a veteran of many years spent guiding in the area. At Kanga, Beks has created a safari experience which focuses on a private safari experience where tracking animals on foot with the highly qualified guides is a special experience.

This area of Zimbabwe is very hard to access during the rainy season as the dry riverbeds fill with rain water flowing from the escarpments. As a result, Kanga Camp is only open in the shoulder and dry seasons from April through to the end of October.


Kanga Camp has six large tented rooms set round on the edge of a permanent water hole. Each tented room has an outside bathroom, where guests can shower under the stars.


Children under the age of 7 years are only accepted by prior agreement with the camp management. Walking safaris are only available to children that are aged 16 and over


Kanga Camp has a small swimming pool overlooking the waterhole and next to a large deck area where most meals are served under the shade of the trees.


Walking and game-drive activities in the area can be complimented with trips to the Zambezi flood plain experience. Water based activities such as fishing and canoeing can be arranged in advance and on special request. Later in the dry season guests often forego the afternoon game activity and opt to watch the activity unfold at the waterhole in front of camp. There is also a sleepout treehouse platform which guests can book in advance for a night sleeping out under the African night sky.

Location & Directions

Mana Pools National Park, Zimbabwe

Mana Pools sits within the lower Zambezi Valley, where the river marks the border with Zambia. Kanga Pan is set in the most remote part of the world Heritage site, an hour inland from the Lower Zambezi River, and not far from Chitake Springs.

When to go

Mana Pools has a moderate to sub-tropical climate with three distinct seasons: from November to March is the Emerald, or the rainy season, April to July is Zimbabwe's winter, when the weather is cool and dry, and August to October is summer, when the weather is hot and dry. In terms of game viewing, the dryer months, meaning a higher concentration of game at the permanent water sources, are a superb time to visit. Alternatively come for some superb birdwatching at the end of the rains. Kanga camp opens from mid April until the end of October.

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Call us on 858 345 1761 to start planning your vacation to Kanga Camp or take a look at our itineraries to Mana Pools National Park

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