Mana Pools Tented Camp
This semi-permanent luxury tented camp on the banks of the Zambezi River, is situated between Gwaya and Mucheni. The camp is personally managed by Stretch Ferreira who has operated in this area for 25yrs. Stretch is one of Zimbabwe’s most well-known and respected guides and personally guides all activities from camp. From time to time, other experienced guides will join him if the group size is larger than six. Stretch is one of the pioneer guides of canoe trails and tented safaris in Mana Pools.
World-renowned for his close relationship and interaction with individual animals within the park, Stretch is the main draw-card for anyone wanting a very personalized safari. From camp we conduct hikes, game drives and short canoe trips.
Just meters from the river six luxury East African tents are pitched amongst a grove of Albida and Mahogany trees. Each tent has twin beds with teak furnishings which include a wardrobe and dressing table. En suite facilities include flush toilets, hot showers and a washstand. Public areas include a covered lounge and bar, an open-air dining area and campfire seating. All meals, drinks and activities are included in the rate
View from camp
There are no set routines in camp and each day is planned according to the guests’ wishes.
Most days typically begin with tea/coffee, rusks and porridge around the fire at sunrise. Soon after you will leave for the morning’s walk with Stretch. This will vary in time and distance depending on the animals around. It may involve tracking lions or the wild-dog, sitting with an elephant bull, following a herd of buffalo, or all of the above!
Mid-way through your walk/ game drive you’ll stop for tea and biscuits and some quiet time on the rivers edge. Thereafter you’ll continue with game viewing or birdwatching until returning for a late morning full English breakfast/brunch.
After resting for a few hours tea and cake will be served or a light snack. Thereafter, Stretch will discuss your choices for the afternoon with you. They may involve a game drive, a canoe trip or another walk. Please note that these activities are very flexible and are often decided in an instant depending on which animals are in the vicinity.
Drinks at sunset on the rivers edge are a perfect way to end the day before returning to camp for a hot shower. Dinner is a 3 course meal accompanied by wine, served in our open-air dining area. Coffee around the fire rounds off a perfect day.
Some days may involve full day picnics to the wilderness area or Chitake. Fishing is also always an option but we do suggest that you bring your own equipment and bait.
Fishing for tiger fish and tilapia on the Zambezi
WHAT TO BRING
Comfortable clothing to walk in( no bright colours please)
Comfortable walking/hiking shoes.
Something warm to wear in the evenings
Sense of humour and fun