by Mike Garden
The best holidays for me happen when you have to drive for several hours far away from the madding city crowds. The car is packed the night before and the destination reached by late morning just in time for a refreshing cold drink. After a rugged 30 km final stretch of road you take a short strip through thick bush before being treated to a wonderous view of the Kavinga Safari Camp. We received a warm welcome from the friendly staff and took advantage of the cool gin and tonic they offered.
Kavinga Safari Camp has 7 luxury tented rooms overlooking the banks of the perennially dry Ruckomechi River. The lodges have all been carefully located in a slight arc on a small cliff’s edge above a well filled waterhole with an ample supply of water. Trees and natural vegetation all blend in to give guests a feeling of complete privacy.
Being set in a very dry part of the Mana Pools National Park, there is not much water around so the wildlife is abundant with Elephant seemingly taking turns to wander down for their daily splash. Over the course of our two night stay we were witness to sightings of 4 members of the big 5; elephant and buffalo during the day drinking at the waterhole, lions during the afternoon game drive and, remarkably after dinner, a lone leopard quietly sipping from the water’s edge just below our lodging with such beautiful colouring on her coat.
One of the likeable attributes of Kavinga is the attention to detail, with rooms that fit ably into the bush environment. The bedrooms have been designed to give you that feeling of complete comfort alongside the tranquillity of the surrounds.
Afternoon siestas are, of course, mandatory when you are in this neck of the woods followed by a two- hour game drive with knowledgeable guides filling your heads with all sorts of interesting snippets about the flora and wild animals.
At the end of the day all the guests gather around for sundowners followed by dinner around the outdoor Boma. Nothing quite beats sitting under the seemingly infinite display of the night skies that you miss living in the big cities.
The mouth-watering cuisine was first class and all the compliments given at the end of our stay were well deserved. Notable too, was the fact that Kavinga Safari Camp puts a big emphasis on looking after their fellow countrymen.
I’m looking forward to paying Kavinga a visit as soon as lockdown travel restrictions are eased – hopefully in the not too distant future.
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