VUNDU CAMP - MANA POOLS NATIONAL PARK
Vundu Camp is a permanent tented camp situated underneath a shady forest of riverine trees on the banks of the Zambezi River in a private concession set in the heart of Mana Pools National Park.
Bushlife Safaris is a small safari company privately owned and run by the Murray family. Nick and Desirée are both professional guides with decades of experience, and they offer guests exclusive and authentic private guided safaris in Mana Pools, Zimbabwe.
These include the luxurious Vundu Camp built on the banks of the Zambezi River, Little Vundu, the Ruwesi Canoe Trail which is ideal for adventurous travellers and lastly the rugged Chitake Mobile Camp.
Enjoy exceptional wildlife encounters and superb close-up photographic opportunities of painted wolves, elephant, lion, plains game and colourful birdlife – all with the backdrop of Mana Pools’ amazing scenery. Activities on offer include game drives, walking safaris, fishing on an island or gently drifting down the Zambezi River on a canoe or motorboat.
Vundu Camp is set in a private concession within the Mana Pools National Park in Zimbabwe. Access is via a light aircraft flight which takes 1.25 hours from Harare and 2.10 hours from Victoria Falls.
Vundu Camp has just eight spacious thatched chalets one of which is a family room. Each chalet opens out onto the banks of the Zambezi River which is located just 10 metres away and you can sit outside and relax on your terrace watching impala, warthog and elephant meander by.
Two of the larger chalets each have two double beds - one of these is suitable for families and the other for honeymooners. In addition, there is a large family chalet with two separate ensuite bedrooms and a shared lounge, which is perfect for a family or two couples travelling together.
The rooms are cooled by breezes coming off the river and room fans and have comfortable beds, mosquito netting and charging facilities. All chalets have ensuite bathrooms with an indoor and outdoor shower and flush toilet and there is complementary overnight laundry service.
The main lounge and dining area is open-air and elevated with beautiful sweeping views of the Zambezi River, making it the perfect place to unwind after a full day of activities, relax with a good book or enjoy a board game or two.
Meals are served alfresco and communally around a large table with other guests and can be adjusted to suit wildlife sightings and personal preferences.
ACTIVITIES AND WILDLIFE
Game viewing is one of the main reasons for visiting Mana Pools - often termed as Magical Mana for good reason. Hippos splash in the rivers, elephants stand on their hind legs to reach branches, zebra and large herds of buffalo drink at waterholes and predators are many - leopard, lion and of course Africa's most efficient hunters - the painted wolf.
Bushlife Safaris is known for their excellent guiding and both Nick and Desiree are both qualified guides who have nearly 60 years of experience in the bush between them.
Mana Pools is a photographer's paradise and is one of a few parks that allows you to get out of your vehicle allowing for upclose encounters and lower camera angles. The light also varies dramatically throughout the day and in different areas of the park.
Nick has a wealth of knowledge on wildlife and is a qualified Zimbabwean Professional Guide. He was appointed as the head guide to help the BBC Earth crew for the duration of their filming in Mana Pools for Dynasties' Painted Wolf episode which took 2 years to produce.
Nick and Desiree also founded Bushlife Conservancy that is dedicated to the protection and conservation of wildlife and habitats in Africa, primarily in the Zambezi River Valley of Zimbabwe and Zambia.
Game Drives - Mana Pools National Park is just over 200 square kilometres and life here is governed by the rhythm of its seasons. During a game drive you will have a chance to see a variety of terrain and wildlife. Night game drives within the private Vundu concession are also offered.
Walking Safari - one of the best ways to see Mana Pools is on a walking safari. It’s the slow and natural pace of a walk that connects you to the ground; it’s the sounds of the bush as you pause and listen; it’s the ability to stop at a moment’s notice and look at a footprint and decide what animal left it there and where it was heading.
Canoe Safari - canoeing down the Zambezi River offers a wonderful opportunity to experience game viewing from a different perspective. A truly memorable chance to slow down, enjoy the wide-open spaces of Mana Pools and appreciate the beauty of the wildlife that lives there.
Game Viewing - Mana Pools has a distinctive landscape of floodplains, acacia forests, islands, pans and pools on the south banks of the Zambezi River. Mana means four in Shona - the local dialect in Zimbabwe - for the four permanent pools in the Lower Zambezi Valley.
Bird watching - with almost 400 bird species recorded Mana Pools is a birder's dream destination. The range of habitats includes woodland, riverine and savanna. There are many predatory birds as well as an abundance of waterbirds that can be found along the shore of the Zambezi River.
Fishing - fishing on the Zambezi River is fun and you can look forward to catching chessa, tilapia, catfish and nkupi and the legendary Tiger Fish. There is a catch and release policy.
Bushlife Safaris are very active members in the Mana Pools National Park community and are passionate about wildlife conservation in Zimbabwe. Nick and Desirée are completely dedicated to conservation – for their children’s generation, and generations to come.
In 2015 following many years of continuous work on the anti-poaching front the Bushlife Support Unit was set up uniting the Zambezi Valley community together in a consolidated effort to stop poaching in the area. The Bushlife Support Unit is the ‘boots-on-the-ground’ team and anti-poaching patrols are deployed daily in vehicles and boats.
The Bushlife Painted Wolf Conservancy is a branch of Bushlife Support Unit Trust and specialises in the research and conservation of the African Wild Dog.
VUNDU CAMP IS CLOSED FROM NOVEMBER THROUGH TO APRIL EVERY YEAR
THE CAMP WELCOME FAMILIES WITH CHILDREN AGED 6 YEARS AND OLDER
FAMILIES WITH CHILDREN AGED 12 YEARS AND YOUNGER MUST BOOK A PRIVATE VEHICLE
WALKING AND CANOEING – NO CHILDREN UNDER 10 AT GUIDES DISCRETION