Vundu Camp is situated in the heart of the Mana Pools National Park along the banks of the great Zambezi River. Mana was rated in 2009 as the 4th most beautiful Park in the world by National Geographic .The camp itself is nestled amongst a grove of beautiful rivirine forest, including trees such as huge old zambezi figs, ebonys, raintrees, wild mangoes and tamarinds. We consider ourselves priveleged to be able to use this area as our base of operations . We have been oper ating Bushlife Safaris in Mana since 1998 doing the Ruwesi Can oe Trails , and have been at Vundu since 2003 .
In 2008 we constructed the main lodge area and in 2009 we built the chalets , canvas under thatch , of which there are seven . One is a family room with four beds and one is a honeymoon suite , the others are large spacious rooms with twin beds . There is a beautiful pan behind the camp with a tree stand for sitting , relaxing and watching the game come down to drink .The pan dries up towards the end of the year. All the rooms and the main lodge have a view of the Zambezi River, being on average about ten meters from the bank .
The area is teaming with wildlife . There is a pair of resident leopards who leave their tracks scattered along the pathways almost every night , the lions come wandering past often and one can hear their distinctive calls most nights , elephants visit daily to feed on the thick vegetation in camp and to have a mud bath in the pan . Large herds of impala live around the camp and drink at the pan , this brings in the wild dogs , as they are their preferred prey. In 2009 we en countered 5 differnt packs in the Park , Mana has a healthy population of dogs , which are the most endangered of the carnivores in Africa .We have been lucky enough to have the dogs den down about a kilometer from camp 3 times since 2005 . Baboons and monkeys ,and we often get a family of honey badgers trying to raid the kitchen at night time , so everything has to be badger proof .
A typical day at Vundu is started with a cup of coffee and a light breakfast before heading out in the Land Rover . We use the vehicles to get to a predestined area for a walk , or until we cross fresh tracks of something interesting which we can follow on foot ; maybe lions , wild dogs , a large herd of buffalo or walk up to some of the big old elephant bulls which Mana is so well known for . After our morning activities we head back to Vundu for lunch , followed by a short siesta . Aftrenoon tea is follwed by canoeing on the river for those who choose to , or another walk/drive .Canoeing is certainly a highlight as it is a unique activity and not many Parks offer the oppotunity , especially not with the abundance of wild life as in Mana .
Vundu Camp is suited to both those looking for that extra bit of adventure or to those who want a more relaxing time .Our guides have many years experience and you will be well looked after both in the bush and in camp