Kanga Camp in Mana Pools, Zimbabwe is a rebellious break from the traditional riverside camps of Mana Pools National Park. Set in the remote inlands of the Kanga Pan, this private six-chalet accommodation offers a drastically different and unspoiled safari experience from its fellow Mana Pools camps. Apart from the Zambezi River many miles away, Kanga Pan is the sole source of dry season water, making Kanga Camp the perfect “armchair safari” destination where the experiences are authentic, the luxury is pure, and the wilderness comes to the front door.

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Kanga Camp in Mana Pools National Park, Zimbabwe is an intimate camp consisting of just six tented chalets, each raised on wooden platforms and overlooking the Kanga Pan. Catering to only 12 guests at a time, each Meru-styled tent is simple yet elegant, with en-suite bathroom facilities, flush toilets, outdoor showers, hot running water, and private verandas. Inside, large double or twin beds act as the centerpiece of the chalet, and floor-to-ceiling mesh windows allow in the natural light and cool Africa breezes. One honeymoon suite—set furthest away from the main camp—boasts a romantic free-standing bath in a private annex, and the single family chalet benefits from its own dining and seating areas and wraparound terraces facing the pan.

The main congregation area of Kanga Camp is also built on a raised deck under the shade of large riverside trees. Here, a comfortable lounge, upper deck viewing platform, splash pool, and dining area offer plenteous refreshments and uninterrupted views of the Kanga Pan’s hyperactive watering hole. This is the perfect “armchair safari” spot, where simply lounging at the bar or on the deck brings with it abundant sightings of the resident game, neighboring lion pride, and elephants constantly wandering through camp. Home-cooked three-course meals are enjoyed either privately alfresco in the bush or around the communal table, shared with the rangers and guides and rounded off with dessert around the campfire.

Kanga Camp is situated in one of Mana Pools National Park’s more remote areas on the Kanga Pan, an hour “inland” from the park’s other camps along the Lower Zambezi. As the only water source for miles around, the pan acts as an attractive watering point for the elephant, buffalo, and an array of plains game and their associated predators, especially lion, leopard, and wild dog. Pristine and mostly undeveloped, the area surrounding Kanga Camp is a delight to explore on foot and provides a pure and unspoiled private safari experience like few others. Kanga Camp is particularly renowned for its walking and tracking safaris, but guests are also welcome to join game drives in the early mornings and evenings, and exhilarating canoe safaris and fishing excursions on the Zambezi. Kanga Camp is also the only camp in Mana Pools with permission to conduct night drives, thus securing its role as a rare and exciting camp in one of the last remaining untouched wilderness paradises.

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