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Kavinga Safari Camp

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Rodney John Huch, Chiwaya Rivers, Manapools, Grasmere Gardens, Borrowdale, Harare

Kavinga Safari Camp is a 14-bedded camp, situated in a private concession, in the southern part of Mana Pools National Park, approximately one kilometre upstream of the confluence of the Ruckomechi and Chiwuye rivers.

Kavinga Safari Camp is a 14-bedded camp, situated in a private concession, in the southern part of Mana Pools National Park, approximately one kilometre upstream of the confluence of the Ruckomechi and Chiwuye rivers. The camp is set on a cliff overlooking the magnificent dry Ruckomechi riverbed and is set against the extraordinary backdrop of the Zambezi Escarpment mountains.

Opened in May 2016, the camp consists of seven comfortable raised tents, built on the edge of a cliff, facing east, with a view of the rising sun above the magnificent Zambezi Valley floor. Each tent has been designed with an emphasis on privacy and is surrounded by insect repellent gauze, allowing the air to circulate, contributing to maximum coolness. Each room is ensuite and contains two comfortable beds in flexible arrangements to cater for everyone’s needs. A wide verandah off each room falls in line with the edge of the cliff, giving a feeling of infinite space.

The central dining and lounge area has an upstairs deck, providing a magnificent view across the dry riverbed and to the pan below.

Approximately nine kilometres from the camp is the renowned Chitake Spring, which has a legendary reputation for superb game viewing and predators. Herds of buffalo are frequent visitors to the area, as they traverse the Valley in search of grazing. Most evenings, herds of elephant gather in the riverbed providing a wonderful wildlife spectacle and shyer species, like leopard, visit the pan right below the camp under the cover of darkness.

Our professional guides have gained vast knowledge about the movements of the various species in the area. This has enabled them to pinpoint specific vantage points and position carefully-disguised hides to allow incredible photographic opportunities so that guests can capture those sought-after once-in-a-lifetime shots.

If it's adventure you seek, be it walking, tracking, exploring the hills and river systems, studying the birds or just relaxing in camp taking in the view, Kavinga Safari Camp offers that “Unique Experience in an Untouched Wilderness”.

Access to Kavinga is either by air or road. The concession has its own airstrip, situated approximately five kilometres from the camp, so guests can enjoy a game drive when arriving and departing.


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Also in Mana Pools National Park

The park offers unique guided and self-guided walks amongst many wild animals, excellent canoeing and river fishing.

It’s an area of outstanding natural beauty and phenomenal wildlife. Here the Zambezi River, flowing slowly eastwards for thousands of years, has left behind the remains of old river channels forming small seasonal ponds and pools spread over an area of several hundred square kilometres. These extend several kilometres back from the river where on fertile terraces huge mahogany and acacia trees cast luxuriant shade.

Today Mana pools, one of Zimbabwe‘s four World Heritage Sites, is the stage for one of Africa’s greatest natural spectacles – a classic theatre of the wild, attracting hordes of animals during the long, hot African summer, drawn by the abundance of water and the lush grazing along its banks.

Lots of zebras, kudu, eland, impala, and other antelope species flourish among which the lion and the leopard, the hyena and wild dogs find easy pickings.

The sanctuary, one of the only two pockets of nyala in the country, is also home to over 16 000 buffalos and more than 12 000 elephant –one of Zimbabwe’s largest concentration. Many female elephants in the region do not have tusks and are much more aggressive than those with tusks.

Along the river bank where one of the greatest varieties of bird life in the world flourishes, hippos warm themselves in the morning sun. Later in the day, they keep cool by remaining all but submerged in the river, sharing their hidden sandbanks with silent and almost unseen crocodiles.

More than 350 bird species are enough to draw the breath of any ornithologist. Its banks flutter with Goliath herons, Egyptian and Spurwing geese, cormorants, storks, brilliantly coloured bee-eaters, and kingfishers.

Vultures, plovers, Nyasa lovebird, yellow-spotted nicator, white-collared pratincole, Livingstone’s flycatcher, banded snake-eagle, and the cliché symbol of Africa, the black and white fish eagle, haunt the riverine forest and mopane woods.

In the river, Tigerfish, Bream, Tilapia, Vundu, Nkupi, Chessa, Electric fish, Eel fish, Cornish jack and Lungfish sport and prey upon one another.

The richness of the forest trees and plants is the vital link in Mana Pools chain of continuity. The apple ring acacia keeps the elephant herds alive during the fierce October-November dry season. These handsome trees paint a uniquely picturesque landscape which this park is famous for.

Mana Pools national park offers a unique unguided walk in the wilderness, it allows experiencing nature at its best. A guided/unguided canoe is one major attraction along Zambezi River.