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Zambezi Expeditions, Mana Pools National Park

A truly immersive land and water experience awaits at Zambezi Expeditions, a 12-bed luxury tented camp at the heart of one of Africa’s wildest national parks.

A semi-mobile property, Zambezi Expeditions is set up on Mana Pools’ Nkupi camping site at the start of the season each year. Set on the open floodplains, the camp feels as close to nature as possible with wildlife often found freely ambling about. Guests are housed in six Meru-style walk-in tents dotted along the banks of the Zambezi and nestled under the shade of beautiful winter thorn and ebony trees. Comfortable and simply furnished, the experience at Zambezi Expeditions is very much focused on the great game-viewing to be had.

Guests have incredible access to the Zambezi River, with the opportunity for exciting boating safaris offering up-close encounters with wading hippos and elephants. You’ll also be able to track big game on foot, try your hand at catch and release fishing and take game drives into the heart of the park. All activities are led by a professional and knowledgeable team of guides - some of the best in the country.

Zambezi Expeditions, at a glance

• Classic semi-permanent bush camp stationed on the Nkupi campsite at the heart of Mana Pools National Park
• Six twin-bedded Meru-style tents scattered along the Zambezi River
• Ensuite bathrooms, alfresco hot bucket showers and flush toilets
• Main area sits under the shade of a camelthorn tree with fantastic views across the river
• Tasty, homely-style food served around a large communal dining table
• Laidback lounge area for unwinding between excursion
• Outstanding team of guides provide a truly memorable experience

For leisure and pleasure

• Enjoy a cup of tea around the campfire in the early morning and a sundowner to close the day
• Set out on guided game drives along the park’s floodplains in open 4WDs
• Exciting walking safaris along the riverbank
• Try your hand at catch and release fishing for tiger, bream, vundu and more
• Enjoy canoeing safaris on the beautiful Zambezi River
• Great birdwatching to be had with southern carmine bee-eaters, African skimmers and Narina trogon all in the area


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  • Gemma took on board all I asked for and arranged a fantastic itinerary. She was always prompt and professional both in planning the holiday and during the very circumstances of Covid. We would not hesitate to come back to The Ultimate Travel Company.

    TS, August 2020