Nyamatusi Camp – Mana Pools – Zimbabwe

Nyamatusi Camp in Zimbabwe’s Mana Pools is a haven of luxury in a remote wilderness. Taking full advantage of its location, on the banks of the mighty Zambezi River, all of the luxury tented suites offer views onto the river and beyond to the escarpment that rises on the other side of the river in Zambia. The entire camp has been built in a fully sustainable manner, and can be dismantled to leave no trace. Local, renewable materials have been used wherever possible, local communities have been employed to build and work in the camp, and the camp is totally solar powered. While the camp adheres to strict sustainability credentials it has certainly not lost any of the comfort in the process.

Mana Pools is one of the most remote destinations in Zimbabwe and is famous for its abundance of big game, big landscapes and sense of complete isolation. This is the ideal camp for those looking for a sense of adventure and raw African wilderness.

Combine Nyamatusi Camp with Hwange and Victoria Falls for a classic Zimbabwean safari adventure.

Riverfront haven

Each of the 7 luxury tented suites at Nyamatusi offer views out across the flood plains to the Zambezi River and beyond. The area may be remote, but you can still expect all the modern luxuries at the camp. Beautifully furnished in classic safaris colours the suites are equipped with air-conditioning (powered by solar energy) for the extreme heat of early summer, indoor and outdoor showers and private plunge pools.

Decks in front of each tent allow you to simply be and take in this magnificent setting, and very often to view passing wildlife without leaving the comfort of your room.

Nyamatusi Tent


This is true big game country, dominated by elephants, great herds of buffalo, crocodiles, lions, leopard and striking sable antelope. Mana Pools is also famous for its wild dogs (featured in the BBC’s Dynasties series) one of Africa’s most endangered predators.

Safaris are conducted in open 4×4 safari vehicles under the guidance of highly trained safari guides. These are complimented by walking safaris, offering you a truly thrilling adventure as you experience the bush from a totally different angle, every sense is heightened when you are on foot.

Nyamatusi game drive elephant

A little extra…

The great Zambezi River provides the perfect backdrop for one of the most exciting safari adventures, a canoe safari! Head out with very experienced guides in canoes along the river, wending your way past snorting pods of hippos and crocodiles lazing on the banks in the morning sun. Wait while elephants cross in front of you on their passportless journey between Zimbabwe and Zambia. There are very few places in the world that offer you this type of safari and for many it is the highlight of their trip.

Nyamatusi canoe elephant


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What’s included:

  • Accommodation in tented suites

  • All meals

  • Selection of local drinks both alcoholic and non-alcoholic

  • Twice daily safari activities – open 4×4 drives/walkingsafaris/canoe safaris

  • Return airstrip transfers from Mana Main Airstrip (or boat transfers from Chirundu in the rainy season) – approximately 30 minute transfer

  • Laundry

  • Emergency medical evacuation insurance

What’s Excluded:

  • Travel to and from the Mana Main Airstrip

  • Select premium beverages and champagnes

  • Gratuities for camp staff and guides

  • National Park fees & Conservation and Wildlife Fund fee

Wildlife highlights:

  • Elephant

  • Lion

  • Leopard

  • Wild Dogs

  • Large herds of buffalo

  • Hippos and crocodiles

When to visit:

  • January – March: Camp Closed

  • April – May: The beginning of the safari seasons, the rains have mostly ended and the temperatures are starting to cool down. The bush is green and lush which makes game viewing a little more unpredictable. Take advantage of the special offer of free return flights (selected routes) to and from Mana Pools as part of a minimum 6 night itinerary with African Bushcamp Lodges.

  • June – October: The dry season, temperatures warming up and extremely hot by October. This is the prime game viewing period, as the wildlife begins to congregate around remaining water sources.  Supply of rooms is low, make sure to book in advance for this time of year.

  • November – December: Usually marks the arrival of summer rains with higher temperatures. The bush starts turning green, migratory birds return and many animals give birth to their young.

  • Nyamatusi Camp is in an area that experiences malaria – please consult your doctor regarding anti-malaria prophylactics.


  • April – Average High 32ºC (90ºF) / Average Low 11ºC (66ºF) / Average days with rain 11

  • July – Average High 29ºC (84ºF) / Average Low 12ºC (54ºF) / Average days with rain 2

  • October – Average High 38ºC (100ºF) / Average Low 22ºC (72ºF) / Average days with rain 2