John's Camp

At a glance

  • Seasonal camp open between May and November
  • Authentic safari feel
  • Superb experiences include a secluded bush lunch or a sleep-out on a star deck

John's Camp


Safari simplicity takes centre-stage at this seasonal bush camp in Mana Pools National Park

In Mana Pools National Park, this semi-permanent safari camp sits in a natural wilderness overlooking the banks of the Zambezi River. No qualms about it – if you’re looking for ‘back to nature’ then you've found it. This authentic canvas camp opens at the beginning of each safari season, and is relaxed, rustic and incredibly unique. The exceptional staff ensure a welcoming atmosphere, and the top-notch guides are experts who can tailor a safari just to suit you. Join a landcruiser game drive and explore the game-rich region of Mana Pools, or head out for a safari experience on foot – as one of the last wild-walking parks in the world, you can exclusively see the superb wildlife up close. Enhance your experience with an adventurous night away from the main camp; head deep into the bush and fly-camp in a mozzie dome tent or sleep under the stars on a fully-furnished platform. There's also the option to eat lunch in the wild; whether it's overlooking the river, set in an inland pan or secluded within a remote area of the floodplain itself.

Safari simplicity takes on a whole new meaning here. Dining is alfresco and the camp is  unfenced, so it’s not rare to see an elephant or buffalo leisurely wandering through. Each simple meru-style tent is generously spaced along the floodplain, and guarantees exceptional privacy and stunning river views. Both rustic yet comfortable, expect only the bare luxuries here. Forget the charging sockets, Wi-Fi or the plush bathrobes and slippers; instead, the back-to-nature vibes offer a shaded veranda and comfortable camp bed, with a flush toilet and simple overhanging bucket shower out back.

Key information

On the banks of the Zambezi River in Mana Pools National Park

Airport transfer time: Approx. a 2¼-hour flight from Victoria Falls airport to Mana Main airstrip, followed by a 45-minute road transfer

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Accommodation information

6 traditional meru-style safari tents


Dining room, bar, campfire

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