Zambezi Expeditions is a wonderful semi permanent camp that sits along the shoreline of the Lower Zambezi river in Mana Pools National park itself. The camp itself is a bit of a throw back to the original and deliberately simple type of safari camp of a bygone era, of which there are several in Mana Pools alone, and in our opinion the best way to experience Mana Pools. The safari experience as a whole, the game viewing and activities, the camp atmospherics and extremely high level of guiding is the camps primary focus. Which is how it should be of course. The floodplain area of Mana Pools is so beautiful, with big cathedral like Winterthorn Acacia trees littering and otherwise open landscape. The fruit pods of this tree species being a favoured food of Elephant and other herbivores, this area is teaming with wildlife. Walking safari's, Canoeing and Vehicle safaris are the activities on offer here and they always deliver epic safari experiences. The camp 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 wilderness safari camps wilderness. 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 Zambezi Expeditions with its sister camp, Kanga, located in the heart of the park away from the river shoreline. This way you get the full Mana Pools experience!
Zambezi Expeditions at a glance :
• Location: at a designated operator site along the Zambezi River within Mana Pools National Park. Will be moving to a new site near Nkupi at the beginning of July 2017 until the end of the season
• Setting: in the shade of ancient trees looking out over an expanse of flood plain with the river and Zambian Escarpment in the distance
• Airstrip: Mana Main - approx. 20 minutes to camp
• Transfer: between ZE and Kanga is approx. 1hr50 game viewing en route
• Accommodation: 6 guest tents each set on a wooden deck. Tents 6 & 7 are connected by a short walkway & can be taken as a family unit. The maximum number of guests permitted in camp at any one time is 12. En-suite facilities feature a shower, with running water, wash basin and flush loo. Game wanders freely through camp and around the tents.
• Guest area: a mess tent with self-service bar, tea/coffee station, dining and seating areas. Breakfast is set out next to the camp fire whereas lunch is served in the mess tent. Dinner may be taken in the mess tent or outside under the stars. Guests are often entertained by impromptu song and dance or storytelling.
• Activities: morning and afternoon game drives, walking, fishing, birding and canoeing
• Season: 1st April to 10 December
• Children: not below 7 years. Children under 16 are not able to participate in walking safaris however nature walks around camp are on offer. Canoeing is not recommended for children under 16 however this is at the discretion of the guide. 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.