Camp Mana, Mana Pools in Zimbabwe

Camp Mana is a seasonal tented safari camp located on the banks of The Zambezi River in Mana pools, Zimbabwe and is part of a UNESCO world heritage site that is consistently rated amongst the best safari destinations in Africa. This is undoubtedly the best location for a walking safari. It also has a special status amongst wildlife photographers and is arguably the best place in Africa for canoeing safaris.

For those seeking an incomparable African Safari, Camp Mana provides exceptional guiding based out of a tented camp boasting simple elegance, old-world style and unpretentious luxury in the wilderness. Camp Mana provides all the creature comforts in the wilderness without removing the wild from the experience.

We provide our guests with an unforgettable, immersive, authentic bush experience with minimal impact on the environment. Without compromising guest comfort, we touch the earth lightly with our solar-powered luxury tented camp.

While at Camp Mana guests participate in bush walks, game drives, canoeing safaris and some choose to spend the entire day relaxing in camp enjoying the constant stream of animals and birds that pass through the camp.

Anett E.
Anett E.
2023-10-07
Unbeatable one of a kind safari experience I wish I could put in words the most incredible and extraordinary time we got to spend at Camp Mana in Africa with the best guide there is . Steve Bolnick who I traveled with several times before will get you safely on foot as well as on game drives as close to wildlife as one could imagine. Every moment made us feel like being in the movie “ Out of Africa”. His knowledge, kindness and expertise are extraordinary!! The camp is situated in the most stunning environment right by the mighty Zambezi with wildlife coming right up to your tent that is perfectly equipped with everything you need. Every individual staff member is as attentive, friendly and helpful as can be , food is delicious and the views are magnificent! Camp Mana is a truly spectacular camp and Steve Bolnick and his entire staff are by all means EXCEPTIONAL !!! Miss it all every single day and can’t wait to go back !!!
Peter C
Peter C
2023-09-26
You wont find another place like this for a real" wildlife-sharing environment. Available only for some months of the year, you will need to secure your place in advance to ensure you can have the best experience of your Africa visiting life. There's no equal..., very limited guest numbers make being here a real privileged time. Total bush camp provides all you need without all the city-living societal extras. Get real... and get reserved. Mother Nature and the Camp Mana team will take care of everything else for you. We'll be back next year, but to stay for longer. There's no better recommendation than than !
Dael S
Dael S
2023-09-25
A true bush experience. Spent 3 nights in this fantastic Eco Friendly Camp on the banks of the Zambezi. A totally amazing experience. So close to nature. And having minimal impact. The staff are friendly and efficient and the experience of having elephants wandering through the camp at any time is wonderful.
Charleen H
Charleen H
2023-09-07
Homesick for Camp Mana We had a truly outstanding time at Camp Mana. The site of the camp is spectacular and the tents with own shower room with hot water provided, and flushing loo, are a great luxury in the bush. The food was excellent, the staff endlessly friendly and helpful. But really what made the experience so rewarding was the incredible knowledge and experience of the camp owner, Steve, and head guide, Frank, and their absolute determination to show you every aspect of the place they clearly love . Their depth of knowledge is amazing, and in Steve's case, his knowledge of the political aspects of game reserves and game ranging throughout Africa added another dimension of interest. From Camp Mana we went on to a high end luxury camp and all agreed that we actually felt homesick for Camp Mana.
Ally M
Ally M
2023-08-23
Complete immersive experience Camp Mana was an amazing experience to completely immersive yourself in the African bush. I would recommend Camp Mana to everyone - whether you’re a safari newbie or a veteran. Everything from the walking safaris and games drives, to the hospitality and ammenities. It was an awesome 5 days to completely switch off from reality and soak up everything Mana Pools has to offer. Huge shout out to Steve, Debbie, Frank and Richard and the rest of the team for making it the most fun, immersive and inclusive experience - walking with lions, elephant and hippos and then finish the day with a beautiful sunset over the rive, there’s nothing better!
Kai K
Kai K
2023-08-17
Amazing camp experience This was an incredible one of a kind camp that brings you an immersive safari experience. Steven and Debbie, our host, did a great job making us feel safe and secured during our walking adventures. I learned so much from the time spent there and what conservation meant to the animals in the bush. The staff and food was also exceptional.
Tim K
Tim K
2023-07-09
Camp Mana's Intimate Blend of Natural History, Adventure and Hospitality on Foot in Wild Africa. A walking safari encountering elephants, lions, hyenas, painted dogs, hippos and numerous other species on foot in one of the wildest remaining places in Africa is not for a casual tourist with a preconceived agenda and checklist. But Steve and Debbie Bolnick of Camp Mana know what they're doing, make you feel at ease, and will pamper you in their low-impact glamping base camp on the mighty Zambezi River. If you're adventurous enough and lucky enough, their mobile camp at Chitake Springs is truly a first-class experience in the remote African bush. Don't expect saunas or air-conditioned tents. There are spacious, comfortable tents with private hot showers and flush toilets at Camp Mana, their staff is excellent, the food is great, and Steve's entire premise is based upon sustainable, low-impact, intimate connections with what is left of wild Africa. His 8-cylinder Toyota Landcruiser will negotiate Mana's roughest roads and that's where it stays, beckoning you to depart the mechanized world and experience walking safaris where you can observe wildlife the way it was meant to be. Steve's expansive and detailed knowledge of the intricacies of the different ecosystems--from the microscopic, to the flora, the numerous birds, and all the way to the megafauna is founded on thirty-plus years' experience in the bush enhanced by advanced educational degrees. He shares this knowledge freely, with sensitivity and a good sense of humor. If you come to Camp Mana with Steve and Debbie, expect to get up before dawn, walk until you're tired, thirsty, and hungry, and do it again in the evening. Visiting Camp presents there's only one problem: You won't want to leave. A final note--Steve seems to be able to find the proverbial needle in a haystack, although nothing is guaranteed. Wild dogs? Lions? Kudu, buffalo, and eland? Elusive bird species? He can take you to them through kilometers of dry forest because he knows them, and many know him.
tina0222016
tina0222016
2022-09-23
Unbeatable experience in a wonderful camp There are insufficient adjectives to properly describe the wonderful experience we had at Camp Mana. We were royally hosted by Steve and the team. Lovely, comfortable, environmentally friendly temporary tented camp. which is open to all manner of visitors… Hyena, elephant, baboon and hippo wandered through whilst we were there, but strangely, we felt no danger. This is a dream destination… luxurious but rustic (no WiFi/ electricity) in the famous UNESCO world heritage site on account of the abundance of game. The game viewing, in open vehicles and on foot, did not disappoint. A special feature of the Pools is the early mornings - characterised by a blue, ethereal glowing light as the early sun rises. Loved loved loved our stay!
Ziller66
Ziller66
2022-09-21
Incredible vibe, amazing scenery, expert guides. My sons and I had the great pleasure of staying at Camp Mana in early September 2022. We were picked up and driven to the camp by a wonderful guide who had an incredible eye for spotting game. Just on the way in we were treated to up close sightings of the amazing wildlife in the area. On arrival at the camp, we were treated to a wonderful reception and took a seat in the incredible central tent. This is a gorgeous open Abrahamic tent which is open on all sides. The predominant view is to the Zambezi river, but animals large and small would stroll by during the day or night. Steve and Debby, the proprietors were incredibly hospitable and I feel like we made lifelong friends. Meals are served family style which is entirely in keeping with the vibe of the place. The food and drink were great and portion sizes were generous without being ridiculous. The beds were great and the accommodation simple yet very comfortable. Steve would lead walking safaris in the morning and afternoon for those who wanted, others opted for safari drives. I came away feeling grateful that I had just gotten to spend some time in one of the most beautiful places on earth. For good measure, I had learned so much about the bird life, the vegetation, and of course the animals of the area. To be sure, the camp is in a hot area and if you need air conditioning then this place is not for you. They live their commitment to being a true eco-camp. If you're looking for contact with nature and a place to steep yourself in it, this is it.
Tessa B
Tessa B
2022-09-20
Immersive safari at its best Our stay at Camp Mana was memorable for all the right reasons - a totally immersive and authentic way of engaging with the landscape and the viewing of animals. Having Steve, Debbie and Frank show us, educate us and look after us was a true privilege. With animals strolling past the camp, delicious food and wonderful sunrise and sunset walks and drives, every day revealed new wildlife experiences and opportunities for engaging with the environment. The location - on the banks of the Zambezi in an open camp coupled with the attentiveness of the staff and the daily experiences won't disappoint for those who want this type of experience.
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