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Luxurious! views are wonderful. Treatment is so special. luxury and comfortable. Team is amazing and you feel so pampered. Peaceful and easy feeling. you will feel refreshed. we spent a few days for our honeymoon there.
Most amazing full immersion
Kind and hard working team met us with big smiles and lots of energy. We were wrapped in their attentions during the entire stay. Very experienced and knowledgeable guides made us feel at ease even facing lions. The place is an ideal spot for true nature lovers.
Can’t wait to go back
Second stop of ours for our honeymoon after Kanga camp and just like Kanga was beyond our expectations. To start the camp and rooms were amazing! Very beautiful and well designed. The best part about this camp was it’s position in the park and the level of guiding. We had lovemore and he went beyond to make our stay extra special, he also happens to be the nicest and most knowledgable guide I’ve been with (after many safaris and working as a guide myself) The walking safaris were the hi light of our trip and we loved the time away from the vehicle. Option to walk, drive and kayak makes for a great few days over just sitting in the vehicle. One experience we won’t forget was a leopard kill outside our tent at 3am, followed by +-20 hyena and then 5 lions all fighting over it. Mana Pools is a special place and ABC and it’s staff made it extra special
Nyamatusi and African Bush Camps are the Ultimate. Spectacular, Exciting, Luxury Tent Camp in Mana Pools
Wow!!!! Just returned from 3 1/2 in Southern Africa, visiting Botswana, Zimbabwe and Zambia. Over two weeks were spent in 5 ABC camps/lodge in all three countries. In a nutshell, Nyamatusi (and Nyamatusi Mahogony where I spent a great deal of time) are truly state of the art, luxurious camps. First about the camp, and then, Mana Pools. Nyamatusi is situated on the banks of the Zambezi River, a vast river dividing Zimbabwe and Zambia. The background of the Zambia escarpment is as breathtakingly scenic as it gets. Sunrises and sunsets at the camp or sundowners in the World Heritage site Mana Pools Park cannot be matched anywhere. The African sky is a spiritual experience. Physically, this recently built camp is just beautiful. Public areas for lounging, eating breakfast, lunch and dinner are beautiful, with well appointed artifacts and furnishings. Every detail is thought through. Rooms are spacious. Luxurious. Sitting areas to rest, and not plunk down on a bed during an afternoon siesta. Outdoor and indoor showers. Private plunge pool on the deck overlooking the Zambezi. Hippos, impalas, baboons,crossing the grassy plain in front of your tent. And the food? Exceptional. Fine and very well thought out menus with perfect execution. From the simple, to the healthy, to the gourmet. Guide during the stay and hostess were phenomenal. The staff are totally professional, warm, genuine and personally attentive. Mana Pools is a must Nyamatusi is the best way to experience this extraordinary park.
Our favourite camp in Southern Africa
This was our second trip to Mana and Nyamatusi Camp; the first was a few days after the camp opened in 2019 and my review of that trip can also be found on TripAdvisor. What can I say? We LOVE this place - both Mana and Nyamatusi have very a very special and enduring place in our hearts. And we’ve already booked our next return visit in August :-) This was a long-awaited trip - booked shortly after returning from the first in 2019 and delayed by you-know-what - and it exceeded our already-high expectations. Fortunately for us, we had the camp to ourselves for the first couple of days which meant we had the undivided attention of the wonderful staff. Taffy - the superb manager who is truly a man of many talents - and Lovemore - our brilliant guide for both trips - joined us for all our meals and it was a real pleasure to get to know them better and share stories. They were very easy and engaging company. Blessing was a delightful host and waiter, Benji ensured our beautiful room was always spotless, and frankly the food doctor - Charlie Zulu - deserves some kind of medal for the quality and consistency of the food served in such a remote location. So good, in fact, that the local elephants had no qualms about joining us for dinner one night in the boma! Nyamatusi seems to be a real team - family! - effort and they are all a great credit to ABC. On our first trip there were a few minor teething problems due to it being a new camp, however on this trip we could see these small issues have all been resolved and I spotted a few little upgrades since then as well. It is now a very slick operation without losing any of its warm hospitality. Game viewing in such a large park at this time of year (April) can be tricky - grass is long and as there is plenty of water available inland many animals will stay away from the floodplain along the Zambezi. If you want guaranteed Big 5 game viewing on every game drive, in April, this is not the place for you. If you want to visit one of the most beautiful places in the world and you can enjoy scenic drives with the possibility (rather than guarantee) of some wonderful, peaceful sightings, you can do no better. We actually had fantastic sightings. Most memorably there was the dramatic invasion by a coalition of 4 male lions from the neighbouring Sapi concession, who sought to establish dominance of the Nyamatusi pride by killing one of their male sub-adults during the night. We saw them enter the concession in the afternoon, we saw them pass through the camp as we were having dinner that night, we saw the aftermath the next day - including the body of the cub as well as his sister, who had been separated from the rest of the pride during the night and was frantically searching for them - and we subsequently saw them be chased off by elephants. We were able to approach elephants and hippos on foot (one of Mana’s great selling points is the ability to get out of the Land Cruiser and walk if you see something interesting), and canoe on the Zambezi which I have just about recovered from now (haha!). All I will say is that hippos are really quite scary but you’re in good hands with Lovemore and the team! We also saw 3 separate leopards during our daytime drives which was incredibly good luck. The dogs and Boswell (Mana’s famous stands-on-his-back-legs elephant) evaded us once again, but there’s always next time! Well done team Nyamatusi, and we can’t wait to see you all again in August! With very many thanks, Jennie & Michael
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