Frequently Asked Questions…

We’ve compiled a list of some of the most frequently asked questions to help when you are planning a safari. However, we are more than welcome to answer any others you might have so please just get in touch!

Is it safe to visit Zimbabwe?

Yes, Zimbabwe is a very safe destination for tourists to visit. Although there has been political unrest in the past, there is now a stable government and the crime rate in general is very low. The people of Zimbabwe are known for their incredible hospitality, and will go out of their way to ensure you have a wonderful stay.

What currency can I use in Zimbabwe?

The official currency in Zimbabwe is the Zimbabwean dollar. Tourists may bring in US dollars which can be exchanged at registered bureau de changes for the local currency. Some retail outlets have international Visa and Master Card points for purchases in stores. We recommend that international guests bring in small denominations of USD and credit cards. There are no ATM facilities in Zimbabwe.

How do I get to the camps?

You can access our camp either on a light aircraft, on a boat transfer or by road.

Do you have Wi-Fi in the camps?

Yes we do have in the main lounge at Vundu Camp, but not at Little Vundu, Ruwesi or Chitake Mobile Camp.

I’ve heard there is a food shortage in Zimbabwe?

Our camps are fully stocked with food and beverages which we source both locally and from the region. There has been a food shortage of maize meal in the country, but this will not affect your stay at all.

I’ve heard that there has been a bad drought?

In nature, there are always periods of feast and famine. Over the past 20 years, there has been 5 drought years – 1992, 1995, 2005, 2011 and 2019 as they do occur periodically. The Bushlife Safaris team remember the 2005 to be the worst of recent times, and it took its toll on many species. The most recent drought in 2019 however mainly only affected buffalo and elephant, but very few other species. As of February 2020 we have had more rain than we had in 2019, and are hopeful for a good rainy season.

I would like to see the painted wolves ( African wild dogs) of Mana Pools?

Nick Murray, the owner of Bushlife Safaris, was the lead guide on the Dynasties Painted Wolf series and solely guided Sir David Attenborough for the episode – so you’ve come to the right camp!

Mating season is normally at the beginning of April

Painted wolves den and have their litters doing our early season in May and June

From July the pups start to come out of the dens – be sure to read how you can walk with the painted wolves yourself.

Should I take malaria medication before travelling to Mana Pools?

We do recommend taking prophylactics as it is a malaria area, but please consult your physician before travelling.

Do you cater for vegans/kosher/vegetarians/halaal?

Yes we do – please let us know prior to travel your dietary preferences so we can plan accordingly.

What plug points do you have?

We have the same 3 point square plugs as Britain and the UK. It is advisable to bring a universal adaptor when you visit.