Nyamepi Camp

Nyamepi Camp

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#6 of 7 lodges in Mana Pools National Park
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Mana Pools National Park Zimbabwe
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PR-safari wrote a review Oct 2013
Arusha, Tanzania
4.0 of 5 bubbles
The road into Mana, especially the road after the second gate to the river is as rough as hell! The 70Km’s took 3.5 hours and the corrugations as bad as we have ever experienced! We were booked at Nyanepi Camp site no. 8 and were very disappointed to find two uncharted roads had been created within the camp which meant that campsite 8 actually had a ring road around it and another road right through the site leaving no flat ground for a tent. We were constantly covered in dust, no thanks to the South African campers who roared in and out of the camp with no regards for the dust they created! After four days we complained to the office. They were unable to move us to another site within the Nyamepi camp itself as this is all managed in Harare but they were very helpful and offered us an alternative private site (BBC New), between the Game Wardens house and the lodges. Perfect!
We were totally secluded, set under big shady trees just metes from the river with game all around us including three lioness with two cubs, lots of ele's hippos and more. However note this site has no power, no water and only a dodgy rusty long drop! Mana Pools has the most expensive camp sites we have experience in Africa. River front sites are USD$100 per site per night plus park fees and a vehicle fee makes this no cheap stay. Added to this the lack of facilities at Nyamepi Camp - tired ablutions which can be congested, often no hot water for showers, no powered sites (no generators allowed), broken brick braai stands, no individual washing up facilities and not every site has a tap. Can only be the love of the park and the wildlife that keeps taking us back! Will definitely book a lodge next time as they come serviced, fully equipped and run at the same price as the river front campsites!
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Date of stay: August 2013Trip type: Travelled as a couple
Room Tip: Book a year ahead if you want the perfect site to Lodge.
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ashah_008 wrote a review Nov 2012
Kenya
3.0 of 5 bubbles
We were at campsite 2, which is one of the lower priced sites with a clear view of the river and with no other campsites 'in front' of us. However, this campsite is also closer to the staff village and so gets noisy in the evenings (especially with the generator they use to drain water from the river).

The ablutions block next to this campsite is also smaller (one shower and one toilet) but the larger ablutions block isn't too far a walk. You'll need to bring your own loo roll. There are also no lights in the ablutions blocks so make sure you've got enough batteries for your torches!

Each campsite also has a braai pit and most sites also have or are next to communal water taps. You'll also need to bring your own food and water; firewood is available to purchase. Also note that there is no power in this campsite. Elephants and buffalo were frequent visitors to the camp both during the day and night. We didn't have any hyenas or lions at the camp, however there was a lion kill at one of the nearby camps.

A great experience and definitely worth doing; however consider booking a campsite at the other end (i.e. away from the staff village!)
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Date of stay: October 2012Trip type: Travelled with family
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Laf763 wrote a review Sept 2014
Cape Town, South Africa
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Be prepared for the road into Mana Pools which is real bone shaking, teeth rattling stuff. However once there at Nyamepi camp, camping under huge Natal Mahogany trees overlooking the magnificent Zambezi, its great. A big improvement on the ablution block, which has been upgraded and is not bad at all. Plenty of wild life wondering thru the camp and watch out for the hyenas which managed to chew my flip-flops (left out overnight) and my rubber bucket!
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Date of stay: August 2014Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Maricha v wrote a review Jun 2016
Worcester, South Africa
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5.0 of 5 bubbles
Position, position, position! No 20 is the sought-after campsite and we had it! With a large, ancient Wild Fig tree offering us shade we made camp just beyond the branches’ reach, where the early morning rays would be our alarm clock and at night the Hippos calling would send us off to dreamland. I could put my hand out and in my minds’ eye, reach out and scoop my dreams out of the ever moving waters of the Zambezi. With this perfect view I did the dishes, my laundry, prepped suppers and sipped early morning coffee while we waited to set off on our game drives. This is Nyamepi Camp (the main Mana Pools camp).
Some upgrades have taken place. The ablutions have been retiled, hot water is on tap and the wood fire kindling the antiquated geyser is kept fired all day ensuring guests of hot water for a shower. Some campsites have new barbequing facilities. Due to heavy rainfalls during the summer a number of campsites have diminished in size or washed away completely. The numbering of sites is a puzzle and it's best to look on the only map in the office. A couple from New Zealand were disappointed to learn that their request for site no 22 was no longer there, the river had reclaimed it
Promising Wi-Fi connectivity is a long shot. We managed 20 minutes on the second afternoon, just managing to say “Hi!” to one or two loved ones, when it all went pear shaped. Unfortunately due to incomprehensible circumstances there would be “No Wi-Fi in the foreseeable future as the service provider hadn’t been paid”. The office had no means of communication without Wi-Fi. Cell phone communication was too expensive. That’s Africa for you. Priceless.
Our stay in Mana and at Nyamepi Camp surely was one of the highlights of all my travels. We will return.
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Date of stay: May 2016
5.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
4.0 of 5 bubblesCleanliness
4.0 of 5 bubblesService
Trip type: Travelled with friends
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Just_the_facts_John wrote a review May 2015
London, United Kingdom
4.0 of 5 bubbles
We stayed for only one night as part of a canoe safari so we can't really comment on cost etc as it was part of a package.
The site itself is in a lovely location overlooking the Zambezi. We arrived to see herds of Impala grazing and a large elephant eating nearby, quite surreal. Our pitch was ok, quite close to the bathroom facilities (which didn't smell) and it felt relatively private. The showers were great so no complaints there. We ate to the backdrop of lions roaring on the Zambian side of the Zambezi.
After a good nights sleep, if you ignore all the animals roaming around or chewing nearby, we went for a brief game drive before heading off. We had literally gone a few hundred yards and we had the company of twelve wild dogs to watch. They are very rare in this region so we were very fortunate. We also saw other game as well. This was in May so it was not the best season for viewing but we were quite lucky I think.
It was only a brief stay but we loved it.
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Date of stay: May 2015Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Maricha v wrote a review Feb 2019
Worcester, South Africa
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We did a recent trip to Mana Pools and once again camped at Nyamepi campsite. We were disappointed. The campsite was fine, on the river with excellent views etc., but the staff at reception were indifferent, sullen and not at all helpful, we had the feeling they were just biding their time there. To complain would be useless as they do not rat on each other nor will they take it up with a superior officer. The ablutions were dreadfully dirty. Not one lavatory worked, we had to fix it with bits of wire. During our month there the fire was only lit 3 times for hot water. All our requests were ignored. The ablutions on the eastern side of the park had a broken toilet bowl which was repaired five days before our departure. I doubt I'd return. Due to corruption I doubt there's even a budget to get the camp on par with other campsites. this is a review of the campsite NOT Mana Pools National Park.
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Date of stay: September 2018
1.0 of 5 bubblesService
5.0 of 5 bubblesSleep Quality
Trip type: Travelled with family
Room Tip: campsites on the river's edge are great. Do not camp under a tree, monkeys have more access...
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Stone1013 wrote a review Apr 2014
Mkushi, Zambia
3.0 of 5 bubbles
We spent 4 nights at Nyamepi camp, it is very expensive for camping at USD100 per night plus another USD125 for park fees for 4 days. we did not see much game however this may be because there was still water around. We were in campsite 5, a little too close to the staff housing which played music at night. If possible try and get camp number 20 or 21, they are away from the staff housing, right on the river bank and have nice trees. Be aware of the monkeys, the moment you turn your back they will snatch whatever they can. Despite all of this we had an amazing time. A huge elephant strolled through the camp most afternoons, we heard lions at night and chased off hyenas that tried to make off with a pot. The Zambezi is spectacular!
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Date of stay: April 2014
2.0 of 5 bubblesValue
4.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
4.0 of 5 bubblesCleanliness
3.0 of 5 bubblesService
4.0 of 5 bubblesSleep Quality
Trip type: Travelled with family
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Carolina wrote a review Oct 2018
Paris, France
5.0 of 5 bubbles
After driving for hours until Mana Pools we realized that we had to go for more 77km until this campsite in the worst road ever. We thought we would never get there. However just as we were arriving a group of 10 elephants crossed the road in front of car. From zebras, hippos, painted dogs, this place has every animal at the tip of our fingertips. The ablutions are ok, no light or electricity anywhere tho. Barbecue facilities in each campsite and a water pit as well. An amazing view of the lake for sunrise and sunset!! Be careful with the baboons, they pretend they are not that into to you and then as you turn your back, they steal everything from your car and your belongings. Wifi at reception for 2$ an hour. Also we got a 20$ per person walking tour for 2h with one of the staff. A must stop in your African trip, don't miss it.
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Date of stay: October 2018Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Laurie K wrote a review Jul 2016
Nottingham Road, South Africa
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Please don't go camping at Mana Pools because you'll have a terrible time getting back into the real world. I would hate for you to experience such trauma as not being able to have this back when you get home:hear elephants trumpet for its mate right next to your trailer; witness a pride of 15 lions including 4 cubs; starting and finishing your day right along the Mighty Zambezi and its magical sunrise and sunsets; sitting under the Acacia Albida's; walking freely through Mana; seeing the Whitefronted Bee Eaters nest in their sandy river bank wall; and not having many other people around you. Our best spot in the bush that we've ever been to!
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Date of stay: July 2016
2.0 of 5 bubblesValue
3.0 of 5 bubblesCleanliness
3.0 of 5 bubblesService
Trip type: Travelled with friends
Room Tip: all campsites are excellent- you're in Mana!
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joe201595 wrote a review Nov 2015
Harare, Zimbabwe
5.0 of 5 bubbles
This has been our 4th Consecutive annual trip to this world's best game reserve.This time we stayed at "Nyamepi camp site 13" 1-5 Oct 2015. The rough road made us feel like we are in real jungle, (though i saw some guys driving very small cars). If you need to move around from the camp site you definitely need a 4x4 vehicle. Driving is just for the pleasure of it otherwise you have the chance to see all the animals at the camp site. Plenty of hyenas will come by the fireplace as you prepare your supper (1800hrs-onwards), during the day all animals were passing by i.e. hippos, elephants, buffaloes, impalas, etc. This time we had to move about a km to see lions and the wild dogs. We also did a lot of fishing. The best bream spot was Manna Mouth, in three hours (1500hrs-1800hrs) i was averaging 15kgs breams, 1 kg chessa and silver fish, 2kgs barbels. I got over 4 different species of breams. In the main river i got quite a number of tigers. You can also get some tigers just by the camp site and this year my biggest at the camp site was 4.9Kgs. Tiger fish is a must try. It fights hard like a virgin. After pulling it out of the waters you definitely feel like a real man.
Please don't leave without visiting the long pool early in the morning or at sunset, you may have the chance to see a crocodile kill but be on the watch out for lions as they will be on the wait for the animals coming to drink water. There are a lot of crocodiles there.
We also did conooing upstream the Zambezi river. This was the most spine chilling experience i have ever had. There are plenty of hippos and crocodiles in the river. For every 2metres there is a crocodile and for every 15metres there is a herd of hippos, that is my statistics from what i saw (please not that this is not scientific but practical evidence). We did three good hours against the heavy current. For those that have done kayaking before please don't ignore instructions before setting off, the current is heavy and once in, its real business no going back. Try it if you are a real man.

i would like to give a thumps up to the Area Manager Mr Mbikiyana for the good work. He has a good team, there is Mr Joromo the senior ranger and Mr Knowledge Dzika a game ranger. Please get in touch with this guys if you have any issue. You can even call them before you get there and they will make sure everything is in place. They have never disappointed on all the occasions i have been to mana. Next year we are going with kids and wives. see you there first week of October at Nyamepi camp site.

For clarity contact me on snrmanager@consultant.com
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Date of stay: October 2015
5.0 of 5 bubblesRooms
5.0 of 5 bubblesCleanliness
5.0 of 5 bubblesService
Trip type: Travelled with friends
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Maricha v wrote a tip Feb 2019
Worcester, South Africa193 contributions131 helpful votes
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"campsites on the river's edge are great. Do not camp under a tree, monkeys have more access to your tents etc a nuisance at night."
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Laurie K wrote a tip Jul 2016
Nottingham Road, South Africa34 contributions11 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
"all campsites are excellent- you're in Mana!"
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Paddy M wrote a tip Oct 2015
31 contributions5 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
"Get a pitch by the river!"
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PR-safari wrote a tip Oct 2013
Arusha, Tanzania50 contributions31 helpful votes
4.0 of 5 bubbles
"Book a year ahead if you want the perfect site to Lodge."
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