Vundu Camp Mana Pools, Zimbabwe

Vundu Camp, built on the banks of the Zambezi River, and Little Vundu – an intimate bush camp, are located in a wonderful spot on the riverside looking out over the Zambezi River with specatular mountain vistas of Africa's Great Rift Valley across the river to Zambia. Some of the picturesque and wildlife-packed oxbow lakes and pools are located nearby.

Elephants visit daily to drink and feed on the nutritious ana tree pods, resident leopards, and other wildlife regularly frequent the camp's waterhole.

This rustic camp has eight chalets include a family unit.
Walking, canoeing and daylight game drives are offered.

Bushlife Safaris is well-known for their excellent guiding. Nick and Des Murray, hands-on owner-guides of Bushlife Safaris, are both qualified professional Zimbabwe guides (walking and canoe safaris) and between them, they have nearly 60 years of experience in the bush and are widely known as an exceptional guiding team. They have a long-standing committment to conservation, community and wild dog research efforts.

Spending time observing the wild dogs in Mana Pools and their complex hierarchical behaviour is a real highlight of a stay here. Nick Murray appeared on Episode 4 of the BBC series Dynasties featuring Sir David Attenborough. The episode called The Rebel focused on the wild dogs of Mana, in particular the story of Tait and her daughter Blacktip. Dynasties was filmed over 4 years with the team based at Vundu Camp under the guidance of Nick and his outstanding guide team.

The Ruwesi Canoe Trail, ideal for adventurous travellers, is a tented camp set in the wild Chitake springs area. This area, (along with Kanga), is particularly good in the dry season as wildlife moves inland in search of water.

Nearby Attractions

Mana Pools National Park

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Vundu Camp


Each tent provides the following:

  • Each chalet has great views looking out over the river
  • 7 chalets with twin beds and 1 family chalet with 1 x twin and 1 x double with a loune area
  • En-suite bathrooms with an indoor and outdoor shower and flush loo
  • Fans to keep you cool
  • Outside seating area
  • Mosquito nets
  • Guest amenities
  • Full generator or invertor service

Main Lodge Area

The main lounge and dining area is elevated providing guests with picturesque views of the Zambezi River, making it the perfect place to unwind after a full day of activities and a chance to share your safari stories with other guests,  relax with a good book or enjoy a board game or two. With the lounge and dining area being open air guests can soak up the sounds of the bush and enjoy a gentle breeze passing through.


Your day at Vundu Camp begins with an early riser cup of tea or coffee around the fire, before you set off on your first activity. After a few exciting hours spent in the thick wilderness of the National Park, you will return to a full English breakfast and a chance to have a siesta or enjoy the sounds of the bush and view of the river from the comfort of your private terrace.

An al ’fresco lunch is served at 1pm where the chef will prepare a fresh feast for you. Afternoon tea and cake is served at 3pm where you will then head off to another activity. Dinner is served upstairs under the shaded riverine trees where a chandelier is set up, which paired with the bright shining stars, create the perfect out of Africa ambience.


Camp offer a wide range of activities that may be enjoyed in the morning and afternoon:

  • Game drives in an open sided four-wheel drive vehicle
  • Nature walks with a professional guide – Mana Pools is one of Africa’s best parks for walking (children policy is 12 years and above)
  • Canoeing down the Zambezi River which is a rare opportunity to experience game viewing from a different perspective – a truly memorable experience. (children policy is 12 years and above)
  • Excellent fishing off the banks of the Zambezi River
  • Bird watching – with its stunning location on the Zambezi River and the shady riparian forest, birdwatchers will be in heaven here!

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