Mana Pools National Park, Zimbabwe
At a Glance
Unbeatable location on the bank of the Zambezi River
Spacious and comfortable safari tents, proper beds and unlimited hot bucket showers
Fantastic guiding and service from the African Bush Camps team
Great in combination with Kanga Camp, an hour inland from the river
No better location from which to explore the river itself by canoe
A morning walking out from camp, stopping for brunch in the bush, a siesta by the river, followed by an afternoon game drive to pick up canoes and finally a short paddle out to a mid-stream sandbank, as the sun sets over the Zambezi escarpment. What better way to spend a day on safari.Scott Dunn team
Cast your line out from the bank during siesta time and you may hook a good bream for the chef to turn into nibbles to enjoy with your evening drink.Scott Dunn team
Ask your guide to take you on a nature walk for a chance to discover the bush from a different perspectiveSophie Levey
One of the wildest camps in Mana Pools enjoy camping on the banks of the Zambezi lulled to sleep by the sounds of hippos wallowing in the riverAnnie Foot
Make sure you go on a walking safari whilst at the camp for the chance to track wildlife on foot and witness some truly incredible encountersAnnie Foot
Meet our specialists
To start planning your vacation to Zambezi Expeditions
African Bush Camps offer a fantastic Zambezi River and Mana Pools National Park experience through their mobile tented camp Zambezi Expeditions (formerly named Zambezi Lifestyles).
The camp is set up before guests arrive in a favorite camping spot high on the bank of the mighty Zambezi River in Northern Zimbabwe. The camp is open from May to the end of October, the dry season in this area of the country, and over this period offers guests an authentic and exclusive safari experience in an unparalleled location.
Mana Pools National Park is a legendary national park high up on the list for all avid safari goers. The park itself is located in Northern Zimbabwe on the Lower Zambezi below Lake Kariba. The park itself is well known for its game rich flood plains and magnificent views of the river and the Zambezi escarpment, over the border in Zambia. This is one of the best places to walk on the continent and is a go to location for world class tiger-fishing and canoeing safaris.
There is a minimum stay of 3 nights for a minimum of 2 people. 2 night stays can be requested for larger groups of a minimum of 10 people.
There are just four safari tents, each well spaced under the shade of the large acacia and sausage trees of the river bank. The tents are twin bedded, with en-suite bathroom facilities that include bush loos and hot bucket showers on request.
Authentic meru style safari tents with en-suite facilities.
Children under the age of 6 are only accepted by prior arrangement.
Zambezi Expeditions is equipped with a mess tent consisting of dining and eating areas, although for much of the year this is unnecessary as meals are taken outside and a sofa and comfortable chairs are set up under the shade of a large tree.
The camp is serviced by a cracking team of staff including a chef, waiter and tent staff, as well as your highly qualified and experienced safari guide.
There is a 12v lighting and charging facility for camera batteries.
Mana Pools National Park is an area benefiting from a wealth of safari activities. As previously mentioned, it is one of the best places in Africa to walk. The open flood plains of closely cropped grass and grazed trees provide an open and safe environment to explore. Sightings here are fantastic, guests will often set off from camp on foot early in the morning to pick up tracks from the night before.
The Zambezi River is an incredible place to canoe, Zambezi Expeditions is equipped with its own selection of Canadian style canoes. Exploring the river by canoe and stopping for lunch on a sandbank is a memorable way to spend the day here.
The camp comes equipped with a safari vehicle, game drives in the afternoon are a great way to explore the further reaches of the national park.
Zimbabwean guides are of the highest quality, each having to go through rigorous training in order to take guests out on walks, on the river or on game drives. You can be sure that an experience in Mana Pools with one of these guides will be educational and exciting.
Location & Directions
Mana Pools National Park, Zimbabwe
On the bank of the Lower Zambezi River, downstream from Lake Kariba in Northern Zimbabwe.
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. Zambezi Life Styles camp opens from May until the end of October.