2 nights Chitake, 2 nights Vundu Camp, 2 nights Ruwesi Canoe Trail
Join us for the experience of a lifetime as you spend 2 nights walking in the wild Chitake Springs area, 2 nights at luxurious Vundu Camp and the final 2 nights adventuring down the mighty Zambezi River on a mobile canoe safari.
Your full Bushlife Safaris experience begins as you land at Mana Main airstrip, where your guide will be waiting for you. From here you will depart and start your adventure to Chitake Mobile Camp. The drive takes about 1.5 hours, but could take longer depending on any game you may see on the way. You will arrive at Chitake in time or lunch/sundowners. Your mobile camp will be set up and ready for your arrival. Driving is very limited at Chitake, so mostly walking activities will be done. After siesta your afternoon activity will be spent walking in the area and visiting the Chitake Spring. You will return back to your campsite for sundowners and dinner.
After a light early breakfast, you will go for your morning activity which will be a walk. On this walk you will go to the Chitake Spring looking for lion tracks from the night before and await the herds of buffalo that may come down to the water. You then return for a full brunch. After brunch and a siesta, you will go for another walk. At sundowners on your last evening, your departure details will be discussed. Your final evening at Chitake Mobile Camp is spent having dinner under the starry African sky.
You will depart to Vundu Camp after a light breakfast and a walk to check out the Chitake Spring. This drive takes about 3 hours, but will be combined into a game drive. You will reach Vundu Camp in time for a full lunch. After lunch you will have a chance for a siesta. On your afternoon activity you will go for a drive and walk to see the different areas of Mana Pools. After sundowners on the banks of the Zambezi River you will return to Vundu Camp. After refreshments and snacks, dinner is served. Activities for the following day are discussed at dinner. Activities at Vundu Camp include game drives in an open and comfortable 4×4 vehicle, up close game walks as well as canoeing, river cruises and fishing.
After a continental breakfast, you will depart for your morning activity, which will be a game drive or game walk in a different area of Mana Pools. Similar to Day 3, after your morning activity, you will return for lunch and a siesta. After siesta, tea is served, after which you will go for your afternoon activity which may be a drive, walk or canoe the first section of Mana Pools. Sundowners will be served in a new spot. Bar snacks, drinks and dinner will be served in the Main Area back at camp.
This morning you will have an early start as you depart after a light breakfast and begin the paddle to your next night’s accommodation – camping in the wild at the picturesque and exclusive-use Chessa campsite which is 25km downstream. Normally, you canoe for a few hours before pulling up to the bank to enjoy a morning walk. After the walk, you will have a full brunch and continue on your canoe safari in the early afternoon, usually around the time the elephants are moving out onto the islands, which makes for a great afternoon on the Zambezi, gently drifting up to these bulls in your canoe. You will arrive at your mobile tented camp in the late afternoon where, if time allows, you will be taken on an evening game drive before dinner.
After another light breakfast you set off for your last night’s accommodation at Ilala campsite which is 24km downstream near the Sapi River. Similar to the previous day, you will stop along the way to enjoy a walk or game drive before continuing to your mobile tented camp, arriving between 4-6pm. This is the final night’s accommodation and one of the most spectacular locations you will find anywhere.
Depending on your time of departure, you will either have time for a morning walk before returning for a light breakfast. Alternatively, you will leave directly after having a light breakfast and begin your drive back to Mana Main Airstrip in time for your departure.
Chitake Mobile Camp (maximum 6 tents) – spectacular walking safari in the wild and contrasting exclusive-use Chitake area, close to the Chitake Spring, famous for its fantastic and diverse wildlife and amazing close up encounters with animals. There is a constant flow of animals drinking as the spring is the only water source during the dry season. Accommodation is in spacious 3m x 3m walk-in Mobile Meru Tents with ensuite openair bush bathrooms with bucket showers and flush toilets. Each tent is furnished with large proper beds on steel frames with a comfortable mattress on a wooden base and a bedside table. Paraffin lamps are used throughout camp.
Vundu Camp ( 8 chalets) offers accommodation in tented chalets under thatch with each chalet having a lounge area, outside seating area overlooking the Zambezi River and indoor and outdoor bathrooms. The main lounge and dining area are under thatch and elevated providing guests with picturesque views of the Zambezi River. A very animal-active-camp, Vundu Camp is located the Vundu private concession in the heart of Mana Pools National Park and has 5km of river frontage, giving guests an exclusive and immersive experience in the wilds of Africa with the additional opportunity of night game drives.
Ruwesi Canoe Trail (maximum 6 tents) – camping in the wild along the Zambezi River in fully serviced mobile tented camps in scenic exclusive-use locations. Accommodation is in spacious 3m x 3m walk-in Mobile Meru Tents with ensuite open-air bush bathrooms with bucket showers and flush toilets. Each tent is furnished with large proper beds on steel frames with a comfortable mattress on a wooden base and a bedside table. Paraffin lamps are used throughout camp.