Vundu’s location in Mana Pools National Park ensures exceptional wildlife viewing. This rustic camp’s eight chalets include a family unit meaning that the while family can enjoy this superb safari opportunity. Walking, canoeing and daylight game drives are also offered while there is a fantastic ‘pan’ behind camp where animals come to drink. There are a pair of resident leopards as well as lions and elephants who are regular visitors to this area. However the biggest draw to this camp is the African Wild Dog or Painted Wolf.
Spending time observing the wild dogs in Mana Pools and their complex hierarchical behaviour is a highlight. Nick Murray recently 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. Nick and Des Murray, hands-on owner-guides of Bushlife Safaris, have followed the wild dogs of Mana Pools for decades and are honoured to share their story and extensive knowledge for the Painted Wolves episode of the recent BBC series Dynasties. Filmed for the past 4 years at Vundu Camp under the guidance of Nick and his outstanding guide team, Sir David Attenborough and the BBC Earth team have been able to follow the life and dramatic dynasty of the wild dogs of Mana Pools for the Painted Wolf episode of the new series. Hosted and guided by the experienced team of Nick and Des, it has been an epic adventure capturing the drama and stories of the magnificent painted dogs of Mana Pools.
Located in Zimbabwe's game-rich Mana Pools National Park, one of Africa's most beautiful parks and proclaimed a World Heritage site for its wildness and outstanding natural beauty, are Vundu Camp, built on the banks of the Zambezi River, and Little Vundu – an intimate bush camp, plus the Ruwesi Canoe Trail which is ideal for adventurous travellers and a tented camp set in the wild Chitake springs area. Situated in their own private concession within the park's high density game area with the added advantage of being able to offer night drives, both Vundu Camp and Little Vundu are very animal-active-camps with elephants visiting daily to drink and feed on the nutritious ana tree pods, resident leopards, wildlife regularly frequenting the camp's nearby waterhole and wild dog and lion also passing through. Vundu Camp and Little Vundu also have an exquisite riverside setting looking out over the Zambezi River with specatular mountain vistas of Africa's Great Rift Valley across the river in Zambia and some of the picturesque and wildlife-packed oxbow lakes and pools located nearby.
Bushlife Safaris is well-known for their excellent guiding, world-class walking and canoeing safaris that not only provide unique and up-close wildife encounters but also exceptional photograhic opportunities for those highly prized wildlife photographs. Both Des and Nick are 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 and their long-standing committment to conservation, community and wild dog research efforts (Bushlife Painted Wolf Conservancy, Bushlife Conservancy, Bushlife Support Unit).
Each tent provides the following:
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.
We offer a wide range of activities that may be enjoyed in the morning and afternoon: