INGWE PAN - MANA POOLS NATIONAL PARK
Ingwe Pan Camp is named after Ingwe pan which is situated in the Wilderness Area of Mana Pools National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. It is one of the biggest pans in the area and renowned for its leopard sightings and the shy antelope such as nyala who populate the nearby Jesse bush and riverine thickets of the Chiruwe River.
The Pan is surrounded by jackalberry and nyala berry trees, with the focal point being a massivefFig tree. Nearby baobab groves add to this diversity. Blended into this environment and surrounding the southern side of the pan are 8 large Meru style tents.
The camp is a 30-minute drive from the Mana flood plain and Zambezi River and within walking distance of the Chiruwe Riverbed. Part of the Machaba family of camps, Ingwe Pan offers game drives, walking safaris, night drives and birdwatching.
Ingwe pan Camp is situated 16 km from Mana Pools National Parks Reception Office and 8 kms from Mana Main airstrip within Mana Pools National Park in Zimbabwe. Access is via a light aircraft flight Victoria Falls (1 hour 45 minutes) or Harare (60 – 80 minutes) where you are met and then a game drive to camp which takes around 25 minutes.
Ingwe Pan has just 8 specious and elegantly furnished eco-luxury tents which offer comfort while resting lightly on the planet. The tents are slightly elevated and tucked into the woodland that fringes the pan to provide privacy and to make the most of the superb views. The tents have been set to the one side of large pan freeing the game to follow well- worn trails to the waters edge.
The main area is a large open plan tent with canvas sides which can be rolled up to let the breeze through. This area forms the hub of the camp and has comfortable sofas and coffee tables with reference books and an indoor dinging area. Outside is a fire pit with safari chairs and often dinner is taken under the stars.
The pan is one of the biggest in the park and is surrounded by a grove of large ebony trees. A magnificent fig and ancient ebony form the canopy of the main lounge and dining area of the camp and an ancient baobab is a few minutes’ walk from the camp and the perfect spot for picnics and sundowners in the evening.
The camp is run on solar power and has 220V plug points in all the tents which can be used to charge batteries and sleep apnoea machines but are not suitable for hairdryers and electric shavers. There is a WIFI area located near the office.
ACTIVITIES AND WILDLIFE
Experience the huge diversity of Mana Pools, from the river to the floodplain and to the inland Wilderness Area. The wildlife viewing in the area, both from a vehicle or on foot is superb. Guests can look forward to professional guided walks, game viewing by vehicle and an afternoon of canoeing if desired. Being in a private concession, guests can also look forward to the privacy of the pan, wonderful on-site game viewing and magnificent night skies uninterrupted by any other camps.
Some of the more interesting wildlife in this area include leopards, prides of lion and if you’re very lucky, brown hyaena. Wild dogs visit the pan most evenings later in the season when they are free-ranging with their pups. Certain times of the year also bring the huge herds of buffalo as inland water dries up. Elephants are daily visitors, together with kudu, impala, warthog among many other species.
Game Drives - Game drives are offered in the mornings and afternoon/evenings and last about three hours exploring along the river systems and flood plains around the camp. The wildlife in the area is prolific and chances are good to see some of the larger predators, herds of elephant and buffalo and all the plains animals that occur here.
Night Drives - are very different from daytime game drives. As the heavy sun dips below the horizon the world takes on a different scent, sound and shape and your guide will show you the wildlife using a spotlight.
Walking Safaris – you will go out generally in the morning with armed guides. The walks are leisurely, and time is taken to observe the smaller things in the bush that you can easily miss when on a game drive. Walking is dependent on weather and the condition of the terrain.
Birding Safaris - Hwange National Park has over 380 species of birds recorded.
Machaba Safaris assists disadvantaged communities close to Hwange National Park in Zimbabwe. Through thier work with the Mabale village and Hwange Main Camp School Machaba engage in community development including skills development/empowerment and education.
INGWE PAN IS CLOSED FROM DECEMBER THROUGH TO APRIL EVERY YEAR
THE CAMP WELCOME FAMILIES WITH CHILDREN AGED 8 YEARS AND OLDER
PLEASE NOTE THAT NO CHILDREN UNDER 12 ARE ALLOWED TO PARTICIPATE IN CANOEING OR WALKING SAFARIS