The road into Mana, especially the road after the second gate to the river is as rough as hell! The 70Km’s took 3.5 hours and the corrugations as bad as we have ever experienced! We were booked at Nyanepi Camp site no. 8 and were very disappointed to find two uncharted roads had been created within the camp which meant that campsite 8 actually had a ring road around it and another road right through the site leaving no flat ground for a tent. We were constantly covered in dust, no thanks to the South African campers who roared in and out of the camp with no regards for the dust they created! After four days we complained to the office. They were unable to move us to another site within the Nyamepi camp itself as this is all managed in Harare but they were very helpful and offered us an alternative private site (BBC New), between the Game Wardens house and the lodges. Perfect!
We were totally secluded, set under big shady trees just metes from the river with game all around us including three lioness with two cubs, lots of ele's hippos and more. However note this site has no power, no water and only a dodgy rusty long drop! Mana Pools has the most expensive camp sites we have experience in Africa. River front sites are USD$100 per site per night plus park fees and a vehicle fee makes this no cheap stay. Added to this the lack of facilities at Nyamepi Camp - tired ablutions which can be congested, often no hot water for showers, no powered sites (no generators allowed), broken brick braai stands, no individual washing up facilities and not every site has a tap. Can only be the love of the park and the wildlife that keeps taking us back! Will definitely book a lodge next time as they come serviced, fully equipped and run at the same price as the river front campsites!