Camp Mana

Camp Mana

15 km upstream of the National Park headquarters at Nyamepi, Mana Pools National Park Zimbabwe
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#1 of 11 campgrounds in Mana Pools National Park
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Camp Mana is a tented safari camp on the banks of the Zambezi River in the iconic Mana Pools National Park, Zimbabwe. It is an owner-run camp and accommodates a maximum of 12 guests. We offer simple elegance, old world style and unpretentious luxury in the wilderness. Our haven has a minimal impact upon the delicate environment that hosts us and we strive for sustainability. Please do contact us for more informatioin on special rates!
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15 km upstream of the National Park headquarters at Nyamepi, Mana Pools National Park Zimbabwe
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JackieB wrote a review Jan 2020
Cape Town Central, South Africa7 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
We visited Camp Mana during September and found the weather to be warm but not too hot. Sitting out in the evenings, watching the stars, was most pleasant.
Camp Mana is an authentic bush camp. The tented accommodation was comfortable with ablution facilities en suite.
The location of the camp, on the banks of the Zambezi river, is superb, with views over the river to the mountains of Angola.
Despite the fact that elephants, waterbuck and other animals roamed through the camp, we felt completely safe. After dark, we were walked to and from our tents by an armed ranger.
We enjoyed wonderful walks and game drives. The game and bird viewing was excellent, the highlights of which, were watching wild dog puppies near their den, a wild dog kill of a young eland, lions and the migration of the carmine bee eaters.
Our guide, Steve Bolnick, was friendly and extremely knowledgable.
The food was delicious with coffee, tea or cold beverages freely available.
The camp was efficiently run with friendly staff.
After four nights we left feeling very relaxed. We would definitely go there again.
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Date of stay: September 2019
5.0 of 5 bubblesCleanliness
5.0 of 5 bubblesService
5.0 of 5 bubblesSleep Quality
Room Tip: All tents are well situated.
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Response from campmana, General Manager at Camp Mana
Responded Jan 24, 2020
JackieB, Thank you so much for your "thumbs-up" of Camp Mana. The mountains across the river are the Zambezi escarpment in ZAMBIA (not Angola), but you are correct in that our views are superb. We are so pleased that you enjoyed your time with us and we do hope that you will visit us again.
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Lorna McCosh wrote a review Jul 2021
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Camp Mana is a seasonal eco-camp, set up with a view to make as little impact as possible on the environment, Mana Pools. We are Zimbabwean visitors who have spent nearly forty years visiting this exquisite part of the country and we fell in love with Camp Mana. The camp is beautifully sited on the banks of the Zambesi river and the tents are very comfortable, simply and tastefully appointed.
There was a steady stream of elephant visitors through the camp, which we were able to observe from close quarters. The staff were friendly and helpful and worked hard to ensure their visitors every need was met. We went on a guided walk with Steve Bolnick, (who runs the camp) and is a well experienced guide. Steve’s encyclopaedic knowledge of the area, flora, fauna and game meant we had the most wonderful experience walking at Mana Pools. Thanks Steve, it was truly magnificent!
For a trip to Mana Pools, it would be hard to beat Camp Mana, for their expertise, their staff, the site and their philosophy to “touch the earth lightly”.
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Date of stay: June 2021
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Response from Steven Bolnick, General Manager at Camp Mana
Responded Jul 5, 2021
Thank you for your glowing review Lorna. We are proud to have been able to impress Mana Pools regulars like yourselves. It is particularly heartening that our "touch the earth" policy was so evident and was appreciated by you. We hope that you will visit again.
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Toni E wrote a review Feb 2020
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We visited Camp Mana for four days during a two week trip to Zimbabwe in August 2019. Camp Mana was the absolute highlight of the trip. Each day began for us with warm water in our basins outside our comfortable tents. As the sun rose over the Zambesi river we had a light breakfast at the main tent, some coffee, and said good morning to the impala, warthogs, and lilac-breasted rollers foraging on the floodplain before us. Then we were off on adventures by foot or by safari vehicle with either Steve Bolnick or Karl into the bush. They are so knowledgeable and patient. The staff are attentive and cheerful. There was an extreme drought at the time, which concentrated the wildlife near the river and made for excellent viewing but some tragic circumstances as well. Everything we saw was raw and unfiltered, and led to much discussion about human responsibility for stewardship of the parks. Steve is a principled conservationist and he was able to bring us unique experiences without compromising safety of the animals or us. We rested during the heat of the day, but late afternoon we were back at it, trying to wrest every moment of joy from this place of unparalleled beauty. After sundowners along the river it was back to camp for dinner and talk. Steve is a wonderful raconteur and the stories he tells make you thirst for more. We were walked to our tents at bedtime where we could hear hippos grazing about us and the roar of a lion nearby. We felt perfectly safe. I would go again in a heartbeat.
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Date of stay: August 2019
5.0 of 5 bubblesValue
5.0 of 5 bubblesService
4.0 of 5 bubblesSleep Quality
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Response from campmana, General Manager at Camp Mana
Responded Feb 19, 2020
Thank you ToniE for your kind words. I am delighted that you enjoyed your stay so much. It was indeed an emotionally difficult drought last year. We are not yet in the clear, but the most recent rains have already surpassed those of last season - so we remain optimistic for the wildlife & ecology of Magical Mana Pools. Thank you for visiting Camp Mana and encouraging so much stimulating conversation. We loved having you & your friends and family in the camp and would have you back "again in a heartbeat".
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David B wrote a review Jun 2021
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5.0 of 5 bubbles
We have just returned from 5 nights at Camp Mana. We were fortunate to obtain permission from Mana Pools to cycle in the National Park accompanied by Steve Bolnick who runs Camp Mana. The whole experience was world class from start to finish. Steve allocated all the rooms in advance so check in was simple. The rooms themselves were well positioned with wonderful views of the river and game in front of the camp. With comfortable beds and a bathroom en-suite we could not have asked for more. His staff were amazing in assisting us in every way. Although we were self catering his chef produced exactly what we wanted and always on time. We went on game drives and guided walks to many interesting places and Steve was incredibly informative on flora, fauna, geology and even history. At night we would sit in the comfortable lounge/dining room tent and relax around a fire. I certainly intend to visit again soon.
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Date of stay: June 2021
5.0 of 5 bubblesValue
5.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
5.0 of 5 bubblesService
Room Tip: Ask for rooms close to the lounge/ dining room area overlooking the river
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Response from Steven Bolnick, General Manager at Camp Mana
Responded Jul 5, 2021
Dear DGBain04 thank you so much for your vote of confidence in our team. The greatest accolade is a return guest and it seems that we have won your heart and soul. We are excited about your planned next visit and will endeavor to impress you even more.
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Sean H wrote a review Feb 2020
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5.0 of 5 bubbles
I have visted Camp Mana many times with my family and it is certainly a place that you will want to return to. Our most recent visit started with a boat transfer from Chirundu down the Zambezi - an amazing way to start the trip.
Many elephants and hippos greeted us on our boat trip and the wildlife experience continued thrioughout our 7 day stay. Steve and Carl are incredibly knowledgable and experienced bringing us face to face with an incredible array of wildlife including on foot encounters with lion and leopard. We felt safe and comfortable at all times and loved sharing their passion in the local fauna and flora. The team are also incredible hosts with accomodation and food outstanding - nothing better than sharing a cold beer at the end of a long trek watching the sun go down over the Zambezi. I cant recomend the team enough and we will be back!
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Date of stay: August 2019
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Response from campmana, General Manager at Camp Mana
Responded Mar 3, 2020
Sean H - Thank you for the glowing review. But I must thank you even more for your loyalty and unflagging support of Sunpath Safaris over the decades and Camp Mana over the years. We already have a beer in the fridge, waiting on your next return and another classic African sunset.
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Fapp wrote a review May 2022
32 contributions28 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Camp Mana is a wonderful, small-scale classic African safari experience, of the kind I have dreamed about for many years. Comfortable tents, all with lovely views of the open Zambezi river plain and the mountains across it in Zambia. Grazing elephants, hippos and antelopes right on your doorstep, and we had a male lion roaring in camp on our first night. A lovely communal dining & seating area under a huge open canvas top brings guests together to share the day’s experiences. Steve Bolnick, the owner, is a fun and very knowledgeable guide to both flora and fauna in Africa, and he manages the camp with excellent attention to detail to ensure all the guests are happy. The camp is a solar-powered minimum-impact setup, and is dismantled entirely for four months every year, allowing the site to return to a pristine natural state. We loved Camp Mana and will be back as soon as possible!
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Date of stay: May 2022Trip type: Traveled with friends
Room Tip: Bring a headlamp if you like to read at night since the solar-powered lamps in the tents are...
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Response from Steven Bolnick, General Manager at Camp Mana
Responded Jun 15, 2022
faplp thank you very much for your compliments. We are delighted that you enjoyed your stay so much and will be just as delighted when you return. We will continue to improve the camp, while respecting the environment in which we are so privileged to be.
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Peter Dell wrote a review Jul 2021
4 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Camp Mana is located on the south bank of the Zambezi river at Mana Pools with spectacular views of the river and mountains in the background - the sunsets are amazing. The camp is well run and maintained, so as to have as little impact on the environment as possible. Steve Bolnick, Camp Mana manager and guide, and his team work tirelessly, considering every detail, to ensure you have a good stay and memorable experience. The game and bird viewing from the camp is out of this world and is a magical spot for photographers. It is a delight to listen to Steve, with his vast knowledge of the bush, and learn about nature and he is always happy to answer any questions you may have.
We did a three day cycling event as the 'Trotting Porkers' spending five nights at Camp Mana, which was a wonderful get-away. The accommodation and food was of a high standard, adding to the lovely experience in this idyllic place, and I am looking forward to my next visit to Camp Mana.
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Date of stay: June 2021
5.0 of 5 bubblesCleanliness
5.0 of 5 bubblesService
5.0 of 5 bubblesSleep Quality
Room Tip: All the guest rooms are situated with views of the Zambezi river and are in good proximity of the...
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Response from Steve Bolnick, Owner at Camp Mana
Responded Aug 12, 2021
Peter, Thank you for your flattering review. It was a pleasure to host you and your colleagues and it was a delight to see how much you enjoyed your visit. We look forward to hosting you again.
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Tessa B wrote a review Sep 2022
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5.0 of 5 bubbles
Our stay at Camp Mana was memorable for all the right reasons - a totally immersive and authentic way of engaging with the landscape and the viewing of animals. Having Steve, Debbie and Frank show us, educate us and look after us was a true privilege. With animals strolling past the camp, delicious food and wonderful sunrise and sunset walks and drives, every day revealed new wildlife experiences and opportunities for engaging with the environment. The location - on the banks of the Zambezi in an open camp coupled with the attentiveness of the staff and the daily experiences won't disappoint for those who want this type of experience.
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Date of stay: September 2022
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Response from Steven Bolnick, General Manager at Camp Mana
Responded Oct 16, 2022
Thank you tessab. It was a pleasure to host you and your party and a delight to share your enthusiasm and appreciation of our beautiful space.
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Mark J wrote a review Mar 2020
New York City, New York12 contributions
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5.0 of 5 bubbles
For people interested in finding peace, tranquility and being at one with the bush and the wild this is heaven on earth. Steve Bolnick, who is the driving force at Camp Mana, is the most experienced, knowledgeable and dedicated host and guide I have had the fortune to provide me with an experience of this magnificent world heritage that is beyond compare. Whether by game drives, guided walks or just sitting at camp on the banks of the great Zambezi River, this is a place where wildlife enthusiasts, photographers and conservationists will luxuriate.
All this with the added bonus of comfort, dine food and wine to embellish the experience.
I will be returning to this Paradise as soon and as often as possible!
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Date of stay: September 2019Trip type: Traveled solo
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Response from campmana, General Manager at Camp Mana
Responded Mar 4, 2020
Thank you MarkJ for your vote of confidence. We eagerly anticipate your return and hope that you find the subtle improvements to your liking. There will be a special bottle of wine waiting for you to celebrate yet another safari in Mana Pools.
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Aedan M wrote a review Jun 2022
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5.0 of 5 bubbles
We were welcomed to Camp Mana by a picturesque view of the Zambezi and greeted warmly by Steve and his crew who helped us with our bags to our tents.

The tents were well equipped with all the necessities and the bed was extraordinarily comfortable. During the night a few animals came up to the tent however, I felt safe and slept like a log.
In addition the food was mouthwatering. We were served fine cuts of tender meat along with local staples like Sadza which went down a treat.

Steve and his associate Frank, were very knowledgeable about the flora and fauna and guided us to various places at which we saw an unbelievably large and diverse amounts of animals, the highlights being, painted dogs, lions and elephant.

Very much looking forward to the next time I’m able to go back.
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Date of stay: June 2022Trip type: Traveled with family
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Response from Steven Bolnick, General Manager at Camp Mana
Responded Jul 1, 2022
Thank you Aedanm, It was an absolute pleasure to host you and your lovely family and we look forward to your return. You mentioned the highlights but I am sure that you left-out one!!!
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jeanclaude46 asked a question Nov 2019
Roquevaire, France19 contributions9 helpful votes
Peut-on avoir le contact de ce camp pour pouvoir envoyer un mail afin d'effectuer une réservation?
Answer from Pat V
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Oui pas de problème!! on peut pas donner des info concernant reservations avec trip advisor - c'est facile de visiter notre website - google camp mana Si vous voulez encore plus des informations! C'est possible de me téléphoner 0032497686711 (contact pour l'Europe en Belgique) Pat Patrick
Brent B wrote a tip Apr 2024
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5.0 of 5 bubbles
"One of the best managed ecological game camps that I have enjoyed the experience of staying at."
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ConcordeRoom wrote a tip Nov 2023
Haslemere, United Kingdom36 contributions9 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
"An immersive and luxurious safari experience."
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Dael S wrote a tip Sep 2023
Johannesburg5 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
"Good idea to get to the camp on the river rather than by road."
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Tim K wrote a tip Jul 2023
13 contributions1 helpful vote
5.0 of 5 bubbles
"This place is not easy to get to. Depending upon when and where your travel originates, be prepared for arduous pre- and post-safari travel."
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tina0222016 wrote a tip Sep 2022
Bishops Stortford, United Kingdom10 contributions7 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
"All tents are equally lovely"
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