Nyamatusi Mahogani is almost an mirror image of Nyamatusi Camp, located just to the east of it, also facing out onto the Zambezi River, designed so that it can be booked out on an exclusive use basis.
Reserve: Mana Pools National Park
On the banks of the Zambezi River, looking out towards the hills of Zambia, this is one of the loveliest safari views. The camp makes a serious design statement too.
Favourite of Zimbabwean jeweller Patrick Mavros, it’s a basic but comfortable camp on the river where you’re guideded by elephant whisperer Stretch Ferreira.
The tents are put up for your arrival – it’s not a permanent camp – with bucket showers and open air dining on the banks of the Zambezi. A thrilling experience. Track wild dog, elephant and lion on foot, as Mana Pools is all about walking. If you’re an adventurer, there are canoes too.
Elephants move through the camp, magnificent view over the Zambezi & mountains behind, great birdlife. Uncomplicated but comfortable, with nice touches like outdoor baths and poolside hammocks.
More intimate and personal than sister camp Rukomechi upstream; light and airy style but luxurious. Walking is a speciality of this area.
Mana’s easternmost camp is far from others, on the Zambezi, in a simple rustic style. As you’d expect in this area, great walking, but also a nice surprise of healthy eating.
Proof that camps don’t need to be fancy to pull a punch – and that simple charm wins over everything. One of my favourite camps.