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On Lake Kariba situated just off the shoreline of the Matusadona National Park is Musango Safari Camp, an exclusive 16 bed, owner-run camp. Just a short flight away from Victoria Falls or Kariba, Musango offers an abundance of both wildlife and bird life, with a large selection of activities available, or the option to simply relax.
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Gillian J wrote a review 10 Jun
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We were very privileged to spend 3 days with Steve and Wendy at their amazing home on Lake Kariba and learn and experience so much from Steve in this short time. To really follow the tracks of 3 lions for a morning over the "roads" of his empire and finally discover them snoozing under a bush, watch them entranced, drive very carefully and quietly past them and then return in the late afternoon as they were beginning to stretch and prepare to engage with the herd of buffalos we had also been following was something that we will always remember. Fishing was a very relaxing experience and successful in that we caught fish to use to feed the sea eagles who were waiting patiently up the trees and posing for their photos! Wendy is the other half of this great partnership organising great food in a very relaxed and beautiful setting and even did a surprise champagne drinks on the beach! for our belated 70th birthdays! As we were the only ones in camp we had room 8 normally the honeymoon "tent" complete with its own plunge pool and, being from Scotland, we had a very refreshing dip much to the amusement of Steve, Wendy and the rest of the wonderful staff. The room was beautiful and provided everything we needed including the hippos providing some evening entertainment. Superb go if you can. !
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Date of stay: May 2022
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Allie G wrote a review May 2022
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In a stunningly beautiful and utterly wild peninsula on Lake Kariba, Steve and Wendy have created a paradise for nature lovers of all stripes. The camp itself is masterfully sited: everywhere you look are vistas that take your breath away, landscapes whose features evolve and shift with the changing light: from sunrise through sunset and into star-gazing around the glowing brazier after a day full of adventure, the views are reliably intoxicating. Eight perfectly sized and sited thatched chalets are nestled artfully in among the trees, hidden from approaching boats yet allowing unobstructed views as you sit comfortably on your private terrace watching the plethora of bird varieties flock to the bird bath in your garden, while hippo families graze on the deep stretch of shoreline leading down to the vast Lake Kariba, and the occasional crocodile lazes about imitating huge fallen branches. The design of the lodge itself includes spacious gathering areas and many smaller places to relax and drink in the sights and sounds of the abundant nature all around. The pathway from the main lodge to the private chalets wends through a glowing forest, thick with interesting bird life, tame bush buck, all manner of smaller wildlife, and a bird hide where you can sit and watch the birds gather to frolic when you turn on a water mister, which they love. Musango strikes the perfect note between the intimate haven of the chalets and the welcoming spirit of the open gathering spaces. Meals are delicious and bountiful, and the warm and welcoming staff are stellar! Wendy’s innovative gardening has embellished this already beautiful spot, and the gentle breezes off the lake, the captivating night skies, and the glittering expanses of water all around add to the intoxicating magic. BUT, as the saying goes: “It is not where you are, but who you are with”. Steve and Wendy bring the countless riches of this wilderness to life for their guests, in the most engaging and fascinating way. Steve is a phenomenal guide nonpareil, with an inexhaustible store of knowledge about so many areas: birds, mammals, reptiles, insects, history of the area, dinosaurs, early man, and so much more. He is also a natural teacher, and great fun. After a lifetime in the bush, including decades as game warden in various national parks, his knowledge of this wilderness is inexhaustible, and his passion for this land and all that lives here equally so. We spotted over 100 species of birds during our thrilling morning and afternoon game rides on the pontoon boat, along with lion, elephant, hippo, crocodile, impala, warthog, terrapins, and more… The many creeks we explored on the boat are enchantingly beautiful, with their sunken forests rising from the water and sacred green forests on the shore. There we saw fish eagle diving for their breakfast, cormorant nesting colonies, saddle billed storks, carmine bee eaters, and the list goes on and on…Steve also has a fascinating museum displaying his collection of fossils, ancient pottery, arrowheads and other Stone Age and Iron Age tools, all collected by him from this area. Wendy and Steve are a treasure trove of fascinating stories. Over the course of thirty years, they have harnessed their passion, dedication, brilliance with nature and many more talents to create this paradise. If you want an authentic African experience with the best guides, great food, enchanting setting, and superb company, this is the place. Every moment here is rich and healing: Musango and its people are truly one of a kind.
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Date of stay: May 2022
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Anna W wrote a review May 2022
Harare Province, Zimbabwe1 contribution
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Absolutely fabulous. Wonderful accommodation, superb food, stunning location; combined with the most entertaining, welcoming, and informative hosts makes for a holiday paradise second to none. Whether you are an avid fisherman, a keen birdwatcher, or an avid wildlife voyeur, or all of the above, this lodge ticks all the boxes. You hardly have to leave your very comfortable room to watch the theater of nature going on all around you. However, a guided tour to secret spots around the property across the water on a comfortable pontoon with Steve Edwards is an experience never to be forgotten, and not to be missed. All in all from the moment you arrive at this beautiful lodge to the moment you leave it feels as close to heaven as one could be.
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Date of stay: May 2022Trip type: Travelled
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DAVID S wrote a review May 2022
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We had 6 perfect days here with a group of friends from Scotland. The days were spent boating, fishing, birding and laughing. We also had daily encounters with lions and some magical elephant watching from the water. Sunsets are to die for with a bagpiper added from time to time to add to the surreal atmosphere! The owners and staff couldn’t be better and we had the best time imaginable.
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Date of stay: April 2022Trip type: Travelled
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nbailey2021 wrote a review Apr 2022
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the camp is on a small peninsular on the banks of the Nyamasango river, it has comfortable A frame rooms all with a perfect view of Lake Kariba, the food is excellent and the staff are friendly, professional and efficient. the walkways to each room take you under this canopy of indigenous trees and shrubs alive with birdlife. We have visited Kariba many times but have never enjoyed a more pleasant stay, it will become a bi yearly retreat for us.
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Date of stay: April 2022
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Room Tip: all the rooms are separate from each other and are very quiet.
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MikeGrahamHermanus wrote a review Apr 2022
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Musango Safari Camp is on our 'must go every year at least' list. Unfortunately the Covid pandemic put paid to that but we have just been back again (last visit 10/21) for 13 nights. Steve and Wendy (owners) plus their staff really look after you. We always go on a fully-inclusive basis but there are other options to suit the budget. The choice of food for brunch and dinner is always varied and well prepared and assuming the weather is good dining is al fresco. Starters and desserts are served and the main course is self-service. Breakfast is toast, porridge, fruit and yoghurts for those that arise early. Staff do a great job there and are very friendly, courteous and helpful. Laundry is included on fully inclusive. No WiFi or TV and phone reception can be intermittent at times but then this is camp is remote and we love the peace and quiet. The rooms are very comfortable with all amenities. Rooms 7 and 8 have a small plunge pool each and there is a pool at the dining/lounge area. No Aircon but rooms face the prevailing breeze. A solar fan is available. Valuables can be locked away in the office safe. Adequate draw, shelf and hanging space for clothes. Activities are conducted morning and afternoon and include bird-watching, good fishing, boating or land-based safaris, a visit to the local fishing village too is possible. Matusadona National Park is close by. There is an excellent fossil site too which is well worth the visit. Access to the island is by passenger transfer from Kariba by boat or by air charter into Bumi Hills from Harare or Victoria Falls and then a 15 minute transfer by speed boat to Musango. You can't go wrong with a visit to Musango. Three days is a minimum to enjoy all the facilities available. We are back there again in August for 8 days!!!!!!
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Date of stay: April 2022
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Jem Cullen wrote a review Mar 2022
Harare, Zimbabwe1 contribution
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The camp was very comfortable with exceptional food and very attentive and knowledgeable staff. Steve and Graham took great care of us fishing birding & game drives on their safari concession. The collection of fossils was really awesome
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Date of stay: March 2022Trip type: Travelled
Room Tip: Be prepared to learn a great deal about the Bush and history of Lake Kariba
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Sybil D wrote a review Oct 2021
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Cannot recommend this place highly enough for those who want to be truly In The Bush but also have meals, showers and someone to identify and differentiate all the many many species of birds in particular. No more dodgy delves into Roberts. Food - Fresh and plentiful buffet meals with a wide choice and lots of salads. Veges picked from the garden in the morning. 3 course evening meal with delicious desserts. Elephants and buffalo as the entertainment. Bushbuck everywhere, even visiting the social/ pool area for a little bushbuck - appropriate snack. Foodies should not plan to diet. There is a little bar and together with the steward we created a "Kariba Mojito". Delish. Rooms - super clean, with en suite shower and loo, tucked into the bush just back from the lake foreshore facing the sunrise and well separated for privacy. I had one with a plunge pool which was perfect for hot afternoons after lunch. Laundry done daily, so you dont have to take a giant load of clothes You are In The Bush here. Lights out at 10 or so although there are solar fans and powered lights in each room. If you like to read late - or spot foreshore nocturnal animals from your room - then take a head torch. Activities - water and land based. We chose fishing, fossil hunting with special permission, (this is where a paleontological team confirmed the discovery of some unique and important new species), a land rover safari complete with birds nest in dash, visiting sites of prehistoric human activity and an enormous tree fossil as well as spotting birds and animals. Bird watching. We did this with owner and highly knowledgeable guide Steve who was able to tell us a great deal about the 100+ species we saw. We were fortunate to observe ospreys and fish eagles catching and the black heron which has such a curious fishing technique Geode exploration. An island nearby has an area of ancient volcanic activity full of exposed geodes which we went to visit and try our luck in finding new ones. There is a also a little museum of interesting natural history, fossil and prehistoric human artefacts, gathered locally. Wendy - who runs the show behind the scenes, Steve, and their team were warm, friendly, and made us feel not just welcome, but at home. Our stay greatly exceeded our expectations and I hope to join the many who return to Musango. Sooner rather than later.
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Date of stay: October 2021Trip type: Travelled
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MikeGrahamHermanus wrote a review Jun 2021
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We have been heading to Musango Camp for many years because we love it there. Hosted by Steve and Wendy Edwards and their very capable staff it is a 'bush camp' so not a luxury lodge. However, the accommodation is very comfortable under a combination of canvas and thatch. 16 beds in 8 rooms, 2 of which have a small plunge pool. Single beds (double can be arranged). Shower, toilet with wash basin, dressing area. Lighting is by battery except from around 1800 - 2130 when the main generator is on. Excellent food prepared by the chef who has been there for years. Breakfast is light and quick (toast, yoghurt and fruit salad, Swiss Breakfast. Coffee and tea. Brunch is generally cold but not always and dinner in the evening is a hot meal. Meals al fresco if the weather allows. Food is very varied and you get a chance to eat the fish you catch!!!! If on the all-inclusive package then drinks are included along with laundry (no underwear). Activities include safaris (land and water-borne), fishing, a visit to the local fishing village. Access by charter flight to Bumi Hills from Harare/Victoria Falls and a speed-boat trip to the island or a short safari to opposite the island and a 10 minute ride by boat from there. Alternatively a boat from Kariba that takes 90 minutes. Prepare for the hippos to keep you awake at night and the roars of Lion from Matusadona NP. Having just spent almost 2 weeks there we are back in October for 11 nights!!!! Wonderful.
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Date of stay: May 2021
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Akz2015 wrote a review Feb 2021
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Musango is the type of place to go when you want to relax in the serenity of nature. Nestled on an island in the middle of Lake Kariba, this lodge has a warm and welcoming vibe. We went with 3 kids - ages 6, 8 and 11. The activities were entertaining and enjoyable and included lake cruises, nature walks and a guided visit to a rural fishing village. Steve and Wendy are most hospitable and have many exciting stories to share, if you so engage. My kids were delighted with the many prehistoric artifacts, including dinosaur fossils! We stayed 4 nights, but could have easily stayed a week swimming and playing games on the terrace overlooking the lake.
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Date of stay: December 2020Trip type: Travelled
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ZimbabweMatabeleland North ProvinceLake Kariba
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Frequently Asked Questions about Musango Safari Camp All inclusive
What are some of the property amenities at Musango Safari Camp All inclusive?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include free breakfast, a pool, and an on-site restaurant.
What food & drink options are available at Musango Safari Camp All inclusive?
Guests can enjoy free breakfast, an on-site restaurant, and a lounge during their stay.
Are there opportunities to exercise at Musango Safari Camp All inclusive?
Yes, guests have access to a pool during their stay.
Does Musango Safari Camp All inclusive have airport transportation?
Yes, Musango Safari Camp All inclusive offers airport transportation for guests. We recommend calling ahead to confirm details.
Does Musango Safari Camp All inclusive have any great views?
Yes, guests often enjoy the lake view available here.