Mana Pools

In the 1980s I spent a lot of time camping at Nyamepi Camp on the banks of the Zambezi River slap bang in the middle of the Mana Pools National Parks. The camp site was always very popular with campfires burning way into the night hosting folks on a mission to “Get away from it all”. Then when the fires finally subsided we were visited by the nocturnals – Honey badgers and Hyenas tearing open the rubbish bins and wandering alongside each tent searching for unsecured cooler boxes.

Last weekend I was given a “Familiarisation” trip to stay at Camp Mana – 15km west of Nyamepi – a simplistic tented safari camp with a large floodplain separating it from the banks of the river. It was just so peaceful compared to the public camp down the road. They allow for a maximum of 12 guests in 6 roomy, well-appointed tents – all catered for with solar heating, clean water, flushing loos and no generators. A good camp always requires the services of a highly rated chef and we were served excellent cuisine for a bush camp.

The guides, Steve and John, were brilliant too knowing when to chat and when to let the guests do their own thing. We were taken for a long walk every morning with every second tree, animal and bird being explained to us in detail – their spoor, droppings …. All in all a very different weekend to Nyamepi – highly recommended – you do pay a little more but, when you factor everything thing in , well worth it. Ciao Mike G.- © Bambazonke Nhasi

Contact Debbie Montgomery, Camp Mana +27-71-361-2711 or steve Bolnick  +2782 (888) 3298 for more details

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