To re-iterate what other reviewers have said before, this is a fantastic simple camp on the banks of the Zambezi run by a truly wonderful team.
The tents are not luxurious but are clean and very comfortable, looking out over the Zambezi River to the hills of Zambia beyond. Outside en-suite facilities include perfectly acceptable bucket showers and heated water in the mornings or when you want it. To lie in bed listening to the sound of hippos and other camp visitors at night is the archetypal African experience and this is the place to do it (Africa as it used to be).
Without doubt it is the staff, however, who turn this camp from good to brilliant. It was like staying with friends for 3 nights and we wish we could have stayed longer. Every single person in camp was a delight and a credit to African Bush Camps. Henry, we even forgive you for not finding us Painted Dogs! Thanks for trying so hard though, and for showing us lions on a kill on foot from 40m! Look forward to reading your book on Mana Poops ;-)
This is an authentic, value for money, semi-permanent mobile tented camp located in a stunningly beautiful Zambezi riverfront location. It offers excellent game drives but is most well regarded for its walking safaris and water safaris on a canoe on the Zambezi river.
The tents are basic but comfortable with flush toilets and bucket showers and each is strategically positioned along the riverfront so you will see elephants and hippos along the riverfront right from your room, along with some spectacular sunsets.
The food is home style cooking and the service is warm and personal and the quality of the safaris and guides is world class. This mobile camp is highly recommended if you are looking an active and authentic immersive safari experience while on a budget. The Luxe Voyager
We spent 3 nights during October. This property of African Bush Camps is in Mana Pools National Park. The air strip is half an hour's drive away. Our driver-guide, the manager of the camp met our plane. We had a game drive on the way to the camp as well as morning and late afternoon each day. The camp is directly on the bank of the Zambezi River. We counted as many as 30 hippo on the sand bar in front of our tent at any one time. The hippo are very talkative. One did walk through camp at night as did an elephant one afternoon. We heard hyena and lions. The tents are mounted on the ground with floor coverings. The en suite is attached but separated by a zippered entrance. There are flush toilets and running water. Showers are from a large bucket suspended over a wooden platform. Staff bought hot water to fill the bucket at the time requested whether it was early morning, afternoon or night. Food was very tasty and included good variety, even or vegetarians. Lights in the tents were solar. Our only problem was that the battery in our tent ceased working so we had to depend upon flashlights. The defective part was replaced. Wakeup call is at 5 am with breakfast at 5:30 am, either at the fire circle or the dining tent, depending upon how windy it was. Game drives began at 6 am and lasted all morning. Lunch was served at noon. After siesta time there was tea in late afternoon and another game drive until dusk. Alternative activities included walking safaris, canoeing on the river and fishing. Afternoon ends with sun-downers and dinner. To avoid problem interactions with animals, staff escort is required after dark. This was the end of dry season so it was easy to spot many animals and birds. Although we did not see any lions, we did see a leopard drag a newly caught impala into the bushes where we watched him. There is a 17 member pack of wild dogs that we saw several times in several areas. Impala, elephants, kudu, roan, water bucks, buffalo, zebra, crocodiles, were in abundance. Scores of birds, especially water birds were identified. Camp Manager Kingsley and his staff are very good at their jobs and are very pleasant. Please note that this is a very remote camp with no mobile phone or internet access, if that is important to you. I last camped in this Park 35 years ago and it was delightful to see how little the area and critters and birds have changed.
We stayed 3 nights in September. We really enjoyed our stay here and would certainly recommend it for anyone (like us) not desiring "luxury". Great staff, excellent food, wonderful guides. We were in Tent 1, the farthest from the main area. Visited by a grazing hippo one evening. Sounds of lions, hyenas and elephants most nights. Covered seating area outside its entrance, inside there was a double bed, sufficient storage, cotton robes, attached ensuite with bucket shower, flush toilet and running cold water (not for drinking). Water bottles in the room. Dophus was our congenial and wonderful Camp Host. Enjoyed our conversations around the fire very much. He described the camp as "down to earth" and it's an apt description. Cloud was our guide, he was knowledgeable and generous. Enjoyed his stories. Also helped by Guides TK and Peter, also Sebastien and many others. Chef Kosta (not sure of the spelling) was a wizard-the lunches and dinners were the best of the 3 camps we stayed at (especially enjoyed the tilapia bream and the oxtail stew). Expectations were exceeded Dophus! We saw cape buffalo, elands, elephants, hippos, lions, zebra and wild dogs (twice).