Mpala Jena

Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe

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  • Compromise on nothing at Mpala Jena, where luxury mingles with innovation for an environmentally focused yet flawless camp and Zimbabwe’s only Relais & Chateaux property.

  • Linger on your spacious private deck, taking in the serene panoramic vistas of the Zambezi River setting, perhaps cooling off from the African heat in your plunge pool while hippos snort in the distance.

  • Adventure beckons at this natural playground where the mighty Victoria Falls dominates the landscape. Glide along the majestic Zambezi River on a boat cruise, the crimson sky mirrored in glassy waters or track Africa’s giants on foot on a guided walking safari.

  • Getaway from the normal and embrace the exclusive at this intimate camp, where perfection is de rigour from the service to the 6 course tasting menu to the extensive wine cellar.

  • Sink into serenity at the spa while the soothing rush of the Zambezi accompanies the expert attentions of your therapist, indulge in relaxation while overlooking the river.

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There are two very distinct seasons at the Victoria Falls, the wet/flood season and the dry season. These seasons do not reflect the quantity of rain, rather reflect the volume of flow of the Zambezi River. From around March through to July the river surges in size as the rainfall in Angola and Zambia from months before swells the current. The falls are at their most dramatic at this time of year with huge columns of spray. The nights are cold and the days warm at this time of year. From around September to January the water levels drop, the falls are more accessible and views are clearer as the flow can drop in volume by 90%. It is worth noting that the rains come from late October through to February, this combined with high heat, 40 Celsius or more, in October and November, causes high levels of humidity.

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Call us on 020 3993 5269 to start planning your holiday to Mpala Jena or take a look at our itineraries to Zimbabwe


A luxurious and intimate property, Mpala Jenna - meaning ‘White Impala’ is situated on the banks of the Zambezi River, within a private concession of the Zambezi National Park.

A recent addition to the Great Plains portfolio, this stunning hideaway offers panoramic views over the flowing river and surrounding bush.

Billowing canvas and graceful fabrics hint of a Moroccan influence which echoes throughout the camp. The main guest areas, perched upon hardwood decks are elegantly designed and open sided enabling guests to be fully immersed within the surrounding environments.

Visit the majestic Victoria Falls by boat and watch the sunset while enjoying a cool glass of wine during a Zambezi River safari. Discover the area on twice daily game drives and walking safari within the Zambezi National Park -  led by Great Plains world renowned guides. Expect to see pods of hippo, herds of elephant and buffalo.

Nestled between the branches of indigenous Kigelia Africana (sausage tree), the four luxurious canvas tents are elegant in style. There is a small sitting area leading out onto a large deck. The deck offers uncompromised views of the flowing river and is made complete with a generously sized plunge pool. Spacious ensuite bathrooms feature a bath and open-air shower.

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  • Devil's Swimming Pool

    Take a swim in the infamous Devil’s Pool, an infinity pool unlike any other. It is a small, natural plunge pool enclosed by rocks and right on the very edge of the Victoria Falls.

  • Dinner on the Livingstone Express

    Dine onboard the Livingstone Express, a vintage train, offering guests the chance to travel in style, discover the mighty Victoria Falls at sunset and enjoy fine dining with a difference.

  • Helicopter Flight over Victoria Falls

    Take a helicopter flight over Victoria Falls to witness one of the seven wonders of the natural world from the air. A flight over the falls gives a dramatic perspective of the largest sheet of falling water in the world.

  • The Boma - Place of Eating

    The Boma - Place of Eating is a restaurant that specialises in a selection of traditional Zimbabwean dishes and is famous for its warthog fillet.

  • White-water rafting on the Zambezi

    Experience the thrill of white-water rafting on the Zambezi River on the rapids below Victoria Falls. This stretch of water is home to the largest number of high volume Grade 5 rapids on the planet. An adrenaline fuelled experience in a dramatic setting.

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Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe

Located in Zimbabwe, on the banks of the Zambezi River and within a private concession of the Zambezi National Park.

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