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Mana Pools National Park Zimbabwe
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Set in one of the wildest and remote parts of Africa, on the banks of the mighty Zambezi river, Nyamatusi allows guests to experience an authentic view of untouched Africa. Consisting of 6 luxury tented suites with uninterrupted views of the river and escarpment beyond. Here, visitors can watch the drama of the wild play out before their eyes on game drives, walking safaris and canoeing safaris.
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Jennie M wrote a review 01 May
46 contributions9 helpful votes
This was our second trip to Mana and Nyamatusi Camp; the first was a few days after the camp opened in 2019 and my review of that trip can also be found on TripAdvisor. What can I say? We LOVE this place - both Mana and Nyamatusi have very a very special and enduring place in our hearts. And we’ve already booked our next return visit in August :-) This was a long-awaited trip - booked shortly after returning from the first in 2019 and delayed by you-know-what - and it exceeded our already-high expectations. Fortunately for us, we had the camp to ourselves for the first couple of days which meant we had the undivided attention of the wonderful staff. Taffy - the superb manager who is truly a man of many talents - and Lovemore - our brilliant guide for both trips - joined us for all our meals and it was a real pleasure to get to know them better and share stories. They were very easy and engaging company. Blessing was a delightful host and waiter, Benji ensured our beautiful room was always spotless, and frankly the food doctor - Charlie Zulu - deserves some kind of medal for the quality and consistency of the food served in such a remote location. So good, in fact, that the local elephants had no qualms about joining us for dinner one night in the boma! Nyamatusi seems to be a real team - family! - effort and they are all a great credit to ABC. On our first trip there were a few minor teething problems due to it being a new camp, however on this trip we could see these small issues have all been resolved and I spotted a few little upgrades since then as well. It is now a very slick operation without losing any of its warm hospitality. Game viewing in such a large park at this time of year (April) can be tricky - grass is long and as there is plenty of water available inland many animals will stay away from the floodplain along the Zambezi. If you want guaranteed Big 5 game viewing on every game drive, in April, this is not the place for you. If you want to visit one of the most beautiful places in the world and you can enjoy scenic drives with the possibility (rather than guarantee) of some wonderful, peaceful sightings, you can do no better. We actually had fantastic sightings. Most memorably there was the dramatic invasion by a coalition of 4 male lions from the neighbouring Sapi concession, who sought to establish dominance of the Nyamatusi pride by killing one of their male sub-adults during the night. We saw them enter the concession in the afternoon, we saw them pass through the camp as we were having dinner that night, we saw the aftermath the next day - including the body of the cub as well as his sister, who had been separated from the rest of the pride during the night and was frantically searching for them - and we subsequently saw them be chased off by elephants. We were able to approach elephants and hippos on foot (one of Mana’s great selling points is the ability to get out of the Land Cruiser and walk if you see something interesting), and canoe on the Zambezi which I have just about recovered from now (haha!). All I will say is that hippos are really quite scary but you’re in good hands with Lovemore and the team! We also saw 3 separate leopards during our daytime drives which was incredibly good luck. The dogs and Boswell (Mana’s famous stands-on-his-back-legs elephant) evaded us once again, but there’s always next time! Well done team Nyamatusi, and we can’t wait to see you all again in August! With very many thanks, Jennie & Michael
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Date of stay: April 2022Trip type: Travelled
Triglis wrote a review Nov 2021
Almhult, Sweden27 contributions8 helpful votes
We had 4 days of great sightings in Mana Pools with our guide Lovemore and also with TV. Fred Astaire standing on back legs , meeting Boswell, game walks with Freddy chasing us away, 15 minutes leopard sighting - those where the highlights but also so many others. Room was nice with a great view of the Zambezi and Zamiba escarpment. Quite a lot of haze though from burning in Zambia which made the blue forest light less unfortunately and photos less "blue". If I would go again to MP I would check if better in a different month. Camp was beautiful and we enjoyed the stay but the service was not up to par - for a camp like this there where too many things that was not working and you had to ask and remind. Another thing was the transfer from airstrip - had to be taken care of by the guides which cut one game drive short for us , there should be a different person taking care fo the transfer like we had in Somalisa.
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Date of stay: September 2021
Liz B wrote a review Sep 2021
Durban, South Africa79 contributions18 helpful votes
This is the most amazing camp and African Bush Camps have excelled themselves. the location on the Zambezi is spectacular and a wide range of activities is on offer. The lodge is beautifully, yet authentically decorated and we all just loved our stay there. The game is the best that you will ever get...the guides are outstanding and I believe that this has to be the best camp in this World heritage sight...we could not find anything that could have been better. We were lucky enough to be able to sit close up to a nesting colony of Carmine Bee Eaters as some Ellies wandered past us. Mana is a truly unique and special place and at Nyamatusi you feel part of the soul of this very unique Wilderness environment. Truly spectacular and a must do bucket list tick. We will be back...and a huge thanks to the ABC team for this very special authentic place.
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Date of stay: September 2021
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barry c wrote a review Sep 2021
4 contributions1 helpful vote
Pretty easily the best camp of the trip. Amazing guides and really non-stop animals with the river and mountains all around. First drive saw wild dogs on a kill, mother leopard with super small cubs on a kill, and massive herd of buffalo. Clearly that was lucky but ya, beyond expectations. Camp décor of main area and tents is just a perfect mix of upscale but natural. Very far apart which we liked, ultra private experience. We want to design our home with this place in mind. "Swiss family Robinson " meets crate&barrell This was only my second safari but this place seemed like it could be one of the best in Africa (almost don't want to tell anyone), way better experience than even a place like Little Mombo. Lions killing a buffalo pretty much in camp then the pride walking past our tent later that night. Leopard drinking out of our pool at night. *Some guests really need to be aware of that because it can be pretty scary if not. Endless other game and the river is the most magical thing I might have ever seen. Elephants, hippos, bushbuck, impala with the backdrop can't be matched. Also the bird life was just out of control with storks, eagles, etc everywhere you looked. The best way to see this is on canoe. It gets your blood pumping with hippos very close but our guide TK made us feel very safe.  Emotional experience, that will leave you wanting more. (We did it twice)
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Date of stay: August 2021
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Pam M wrote a review Jul 2021
Denver, Colorado303 contributions185 helpful votes
Absolutely EVERYTHING about Nyamatusi Camp is perfectly exquisite! The cabins are large, well-appointed, and spotless (thanks to our butler, Benjamin). The location is picturesque and wild, with elephants, hippos and even leopards right in camp with us. But most special are the staff … from our guide, Lovemore, to camp staff Michelle and Phthlele, to manager Cherish—all went above-and-beyond to ensure our every moment was memorable, fun and safe! Thanks to all of you!
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Date of stay: July 2021Trip type: Travelled
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ZimbabweMashonaland Central ProvinceMana Pools National Park
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What are some of the property amenities at Nyamatusi Camp - African Bush Camps?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include free breakfast, a pool, and an on-site restaurant.
What food & drink options are available at Nyamatusi Camp - African Bush Camps?
Guests can enjoy free breakfast, an on-site restaurant, and a lounge during their stay.
Is parking available at Nyamatusi Camp - African Bush Camps?
Yes, free parking is available to guests.
Are there opportunities to exercise at Nyamatusi Camp - African Bush Camps?
Yes, guests have access to a pool during their stay.
Does Nyamatusi Camp - African Bush Camps have airport transportation?
Yes, Nyamatusi Camp - African Bush Camps offers airport transportation for guests. We recommend calling ahead to confirm details.