Mana River Camp
Mana River Camp: Our View
Mana River Camp is perfectly positioned within the Mana Pools National Park, alongside the banks of the mighty Zambezi River, Africa’s fourth largest River.
Guests can access the Camp by air, road or boat. It is worth mentioning that chartered fights incredibly reduce travel time, although road and boat transfers are a great and adventurous way to see Zimbabwe. The river provides a particularly relaxing and extremely scenic way to see wildlife and to access the camp.
Mana River Camp is a mobile tented camp known as a TEC – Temporary Extended Camp, meaning the entire Camp is taken down at the end of each season, before the wet season begins and then re-erected the following year once the wet season has finished. This makes for a truly authentic safari experiencethat gives the feeling of the old, real bush, camping experience.
Mana River Camp offers 6 well equipped and comfortable tents, each tent consisting of 3-modules made from canvas and gauze tent, with zipped entrances. All tents enjoy views of the Zambezi River and comprise of a veranda with a folding chair. The sleeping area has twin single beds, which can be converted to king-size on request, as well as hotel quality linen and towels, and bedside tables. The bathroom area has a flushing toilet, hot and cold shower, heated with chip boilers. The vanity with a porcelain basin only offers cold running water and a hot water flask is delivered each evening for washing in the morning. The tents do not offer charging facilities, however, there is a central Media Tent where all laptops, cameras and mobile phones can be charged during daylight hours.
Guests at the camp can enjoy morning and late afternoon game drives and walks, always in the company of a very knowledgeable local guide. The magnificent, widely active Zambezi River offers experiences of a different, with walks along its banks, canoeing (on request), fishing (catch and release from the shoreline, own equipment and bait to be supplied). Alternatively you may opt to simply sit on the shore, sipping sundowners while the water and life passes by.
Mana River Camp: Quick Facts
- 6 canvas tents, each consisting of 3 modules, with en-suite bathroom and shower
- Camp can be accessed by air, road and boat (suitable for self-drive safaris)
- Mobile / seasonal camp (open May – mid November)
- Open air dining area with a relaxed family atmosphere
- Morning and late afternoon game drives & walks
- Canoeing on request
- Shoreline fishing on a catch and release basis (fishing equipment not provided)
- Camp is unfenced and animals may wonder through camp
- Media Tent – for charging requirements (camera batteries, phones, etc.)
- Children from the age of 6 years are welcome at the camp
Mana River Camp: The Details
Mana River Camp originated as a family run safari business and also carries the name Mwinilunga (pronounced Mwee-neee- looonga), derived from the Mwinilunga district which is very close to the border where Zambia, Angola and the DRC meet. This is also home to where the spring between the rocks forms the very beginning of the mighty and life sustaining Zambezi River. Being a family run business at the time and life beginning with family, the name seemed fitting.
Mana Pools National Park is known for its diverse wildlife, particularly those present on the “ flood plain”. Animals to be seen at Mana River Camp include elephant, eland, buffalo, kudu, lion, leopard, hippo, hyena and crocodiles. The approximately 400 species of birds that visit the Park during the different seasons offer fantastic opportunities for birding enthusiasts.
A special experience for guests at Mana River Camp, particularly the photographers, is enjoying the “Blue Haze/Gin Haze”, a phenomenon created by the refraction of light through the trees and dust in the atmosphere.
As the Camp is unfenced you can enjoy game viewing right from the comfort of your tent or the public areas. Common visitors into camp are elephants.
Mana River Camp accepts children from the age of 6.
Mana River Camp is a classic mobile tented safari camp that provides a warm family atmosphere and a feeling of a home away from home at affordable safari prices.