Zimbabwe : Mana Pools National Park
Mana pools, a world heritage site, is famous for its huge concentrations of game in the dry season which come down to the Zambezi river to drink. A walking or canoe safari is the best way to fully experience and appreciate this rich and beautiful area, dotted with mahogany and acacia trees and pools of water formed by the re-routing over the years of the Zambezi River. Famous for its prolific wildlife density and photographic opportunities the area has high numbers of leopard, wild dog, elephants and buffalo as well as many hippos and crocodiles lurking in the river.
Ruckomechi is set in a shady grove of massive mahogany and acacia trees in a private concession, with views across the Zambezi River to the Zambian escarpment. It is the four times winner of Zimbabwe's 'Best Safari Camp' award and is in the perfect situation to explore Mana Pools with a huge flood plain behind it teeming with game. There are 10 spacious, airy chalets, which are constructed out of local materials and have en suite facilities, mosquito nets, fans and a private veranda. Ruckomechi is well known for its "bath with a view". The bath is closed on three sides and open at the front with a view of the Zambezi River. There is also a "loo with a view" just next door. The camp has an excellent reputation for its home-style cooking, friendly atmosphere and excellent service.
One of the most well established safaris in Mana Pools running for over 30 years Goliath Walking Safaris gives you the chance to explore Mana Pools as it should be done. Led by head guide Stretch Ferreira, a world renowned guide, you have the opportunity to crawl in the undergrowth with wild dogs, track lion prides and sit with herds of elephant. The semi-permanent camp consists of six luxury safari-style tents with en-suite bathrooms, with flushing toilets and hot showers, hidden amongst the trees on the banks of the Zambezi River. There is no set routine in camp, and you can co-ordinate with Stretch as to how you wish to spend your days, typically walking in the early mornings and driving or canoeing in the late afternoon, relaxing in the heat of the day as the animals do. Here you can truly enjoy the wilderness eating around the camp fire under the starlit sky swapping tales of the bush.
Kanga camp is hidden away in a remote corner of Mana Pools in a concession next to Kanga Pan. With just 12 luxurious tents each with their own en-suite bathrooms with both an indoor and outdoor shower and views overlooking the water hole you can enjoy the idea of camping in the wilderness watching and tracking the visiting animals with all the modern comforts. The camp itself is split over wooden decks overlooking the water pan so you can relax in the splash pool or under the shade of the mahogany trees as the animals wander down to drink. At Kanga you enjoy home cooked meals on the dining deck with other guests and the guides and trackers, then you can retreat to the fire pit with a drink to look at the stars and swap tales of your day.