Camp Zambezi is a true bush camp - no electricity, no permanent structures, no plumbing; a taste of the way safaris used to be. The camp is designed to be erected and dismantled within hours, leaving no trace of its existence on the environment. The camp has comfortable beds with linen and duvets while the large tents have en suite toilet facilities for night use. A long drop loo and showers with plenty of hot water are also provided for day use. Our staff service your tents each day and laundry can be done in camp. All water used in camp has been filtered but bottled water is also available. Each morning staff will fill your wash stand out side of your tent with hot water for washing or shaving. Lighting is via hurricane lamps; guests should bring their own torch.
The romantic light of the candelabra at the dinner table makes dining in the African bush, surrounded by the evening sounds a very special occasion.
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Camp Zambezi daily itinerary
Fly by air charter into Mana Pools National Park where you will be met by your guide with ice cold drinks. Drive approximately 30 minutes through jesse Bush and mopane habitats to Camp Zambezi for lunch. You may by then, have met a few of your neighbours - elephant, kudu, zebra, impala and many birds!
A mobile tented camp will have been set up by the camp staff - walk-in mosquito-proofed tents with en-suite chemical toilet, external long-drop toilets, hot showers, dining table, drinks table, iced drinks, sumptuous bush-prepared meals and director’s chairs around the fireplace. Our chef will have prepared a delicious lunch to give you strength for the first afternoon’s walk.
This afternoon there is the option of a familiarisation walk or game drive to get to see the lay of the land. Then back to camp for sundowners, a hot (or cold if you prefer) shower, and a fine dinner. During dinner your guides will chat to you about the game activities available to you and what option you would like for the morning. Beds are very comfortable and warm so it can be difficult to stay awake to listen to the neighbours going about their nightly activities!
- Tip: Plan your safari for the two weeks before the full moon - your flashlight batteries won't run out!
To make the most of your day – we suggest an early morning wake up - with hot water being poured into the hand basins - before first light - and go straight out to check for spoor and animal activity around camp. Enjoy a beautiful African sunrise and then back into camp after about an hour. On your return a light breakfast will be served with tea and coffee.
After breakfast set off on your morning’s activity – you may take to the river for the day (or morning) – set off by vehicle or on foot to explore the National Park. Whether you opt for land or water activities – half or full day – you can be assured of incredible experiences.
The guides will carry a heavy calibre rifle, first aid kit, lunch and extra water. Clients will carry extra personal water and personal items for the day.
Then back to camp for the night where once again, a wonderful meal, hot shower, cold drinks and friendly staff will be awaiting.
- Tip: On dark nights it is amazing to stand in the riverbed star-gazing with no other lights around!
Another day along the lines of Day Two where the choices are yours to make the most of this amazing spot. This third night will again be spent at Camp Zambezi - with all the trimmings.
Depending upon your time of departure, or if you are moving on to a canoe trail or alternative camp, you may either take another early walk before breakfast or have a bit of a sleep in! After that, there will be a short game drive to the airstrip where we bid you farewell!
PLEASE NOTE THAT COSTS DO NOT INCLUDE NATIONAL PARKS FEES WHICH ARE PAYABLE DIRECTLY TO PARKS EN-ROUTE. PLEASE ASK YOUR CONSULTANT FOR THE FEE BEFORE TRAVEL. WE WILL NOT BE LIABLE FOR THE PAYMENT OF NATIONAL PARKS FEES.
- Should you be combining this experience with another of our safari / camping options – we will move with you to your next camp.
- We provide all equipment for the supported camps and hiking trail: bedding, towels, sleeping bags, sleeping mats, tents, cooking equipment, and extra water containers.
- Specific catering is arranged with four weeks prior notification.
- Maximum number of clients – 8
- Minimum number of clients – 2
- Exclusive/Private guided rates on application as with customised/extended version safaris.
- National Parks Entry and Camping fees not included and will be advised on booking.
- Standard Booking Terms and Conditions on provisional booking request.
- All rates and conditions/itineraries may change without prior notice
SUGGESTED PACKING LIST
- Sturdy well walked-in hiking boots/shoes and a pair of light sandals to wear at night
- Lightweight bush colored clothing – (laundry may be done at the supported camps - mid year can be cold at night and early mornings so light weight warm clothing is a MUST)
- Long pants
- Beanie and sleeping socks for cool months (June – August)
- Wide brimmed hat
- Good light weight binoculars of 10 xs or less power
- Camera/video – please bring plenty of back-up power / batteries – we do not have electricity in our camps
- Personal insect repellents and sunscreen
- Small hiking towel.