Kanga is located in the heart of the national park in its own "unofficial" private concession next to the Kanga Pan. This is one of the most remote parts of the park and as the pan is the only permanent water source in a 10km radius it attracts a large amount of game to the camp. In fact so much so that an armchair safari on the decks of the camp overlooking the waterhole is a must do activity with large and regular rewards. Lion Leopard Elephant and buffalo frequent the camp often. This is a semi luxurious camp and is really lovely. Importantly though the essence of Mana Pools is not lost and you definitely feel like you are in very wild African bush which is what Mana is all about. It is owned by African Bushcamps who have a whole host of similar camps in Zimbabwe and Botswana and are absolute favourites of ours. They epitomise true traditional safari values of high quality guiding, superb safari camp locations and effortlessly combine luxury with authentic safari camps. Beks Ndlovu, owner and professional guide is fast becoming an icon through his efforts in the safari and wildlife conservation world. It is easy to see and feel his passion and operating ethos in all of his safari camps, guides and staff. It is best to combine Kanga with a camp on the Lower Zambezi shoreline and Kanga does have a sister camp, Zambezi Expeditions. This way you get the full Mana Pools experience!
Kanga Camp at a glance :
• Location: in a remote private concession in the heart of the park 15km (1hr50 drive) inland from the Zambezi River
• Setting: on the edge of Kanga Pan which is the only permanent water source within a 10km radius. Comprising of multiple open vlei lines, river systems of the Ruckomechi River, mopane woodland to Jesse bush and riverine forests this diverse area is a complete contrast to the flat Zambezi floodplain
• Airstrip: Dandawa - transfer to camp takes approx. 30 minutes
• Accommodation: 6 secluded tents each with a private deck overlooking the Pan. All the tents have just been refurbished with attractive new softs. The 2 honeymoon tents which double as family units are lovely. They comprise king-size bed, 2 day beds, writing desk, wooden floor, floor to ceiling gauze windows (lots of zips!), good lighting, tea/coffee station (thermos of hot water is provided) and mosquito net. Behind the bed is hanging space, a double vanity and w.c. Set under the branches of a massive tree is an outside shower and bath. Although comfortable the 4 standard Meru style tents are quite a bit smaller and have an outdoor shower, washbasin and flush loo.
• Guest area: sculptured around the trunks of ancient ebony and nyala berry trees are four tiered decks shaded by canvas sails. There are two seating decks, a dining deck, fire deck and pool deck
• Activities: morning, afternoon and evening game drives and walking. Canoeing and fishing is on request as the Zambezi River is an hour's drive away. Bush dining accompanied by impromptu entertainment by the staff are a highlight
• Sleep out: overlooking a dry river bed 'Kanga under the Stars' comprises four platforms (3 for guests and 1 for the guide) furnished with a mattress, bed linen, tin trunk and mosquito net. At ground level and set a few steps away from each of the platforms is a wash basin and flush loo
• Season: 1st April to 10 December
• Children: not below 7 years. As children under 16 are not permitted on walking safaris nature walks around camp can be arranged. Families with children younger than 12 years will be required to pay for a private vehicle. Families of 5 or more guests automatically qualify for a private vehicle
• General: at the beginning of the season (Apr - mid July) game is sporadic and in order to compensate for this guests are taken on a full day excursion down to the flood plains where they can enjoy a picnic lunch and a spot of canoeing. From around mid-July until the arrival of the first rains Kanga Pan literally becomes a magnet for all manner of game. With so much activity going on around camp guests can sit back and enjoy an 'arm chair' safari which, for some guests, makes a pleasant change to bouncing around in a vehicle. In order to experience a beautiful contrast in landscape Kanga should be combined with Zambezi Expeditions or one of the other river front camps.