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Vundu Camp - Bushlife Safaris

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#2 of 16 Specialty lodging in Mana Pools National Park
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Bushlife Safaris is owner run and managed by Nick and Desiree Murray, who have created an award-winning portfolio of safari experiences for you. These include the luxurious Vundu Camp built on the banks of the Zambezi River, Little Vundu – an intimate camp, the Ruwesi Canoe Trail which is ideal for adventurous travellers and lastly a tented camp set in the wild Chitake Springs area. The globally-acclaimed BBC Dynasties Painted Wolf episode was filmed at Vundu Camp in Mana Pools, and Nick was the lead guide for the production crew, working alongside Sir David Attenborough. In 2019 Vundu Camp won Best Walking Safari and Best Value Safari Property in Zimbabwe from The Safari Awards.
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Lesley B wrote a review Sep 2020
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How glorious it was to fall asleep in my large luxury safari tent every night, listening to the sound of lions calling to each other across the Zambezi River, and to the sound of Hyena whooping right in camp. It was thrilling to awakein the night with the sound of elephants browsing right outside my tent, and falling asleep again, to be woken up by the morning sounds of the bush coming alive. I am longing for the sound of drums summoning me to each fantastic meal, and the great times around the firepit at night. I have fallen helplessly in love with Mana, and with Vundu Camp in particular. I will be going back.
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Date of stay: September 2020
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Response from Nick Murray, Owner at Vundu Camp - Bushlife Safaris
Responded Oct 4, 2020
Thank you for this fantastic review and wonderful description of the magic of Mana Pool! We are so glad you loved your safari trip with us - we are truly privileged to be able to share this piece of paradise with guests. Thank you for choosing to come on safari with us and we so look forward to welcoming you back! Nick and Desirée
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bwear42 wrote a review Nov 2019
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Completely blew away my expectations. The Lodging is much more than the pictures show. Fantastic staff, amazing meals, sharing all kinds of fun facts on the Safari, and of course, the wildlife is incredible. Very flexible schedule, can go out or relax depending on your goals for the trip. An unforgettable experience that allowed me to reconnect in to the natural world in a truly unique way. Thank you!
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Date of stay: November 2019
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Response from BushlifeSafaris, Owner at Vundu Camp - Bushlife Safaris
Responded Dec 5, 2019
We are so delighted that you had such a wonderful experience! We work really hard to make sure our guests have the type of safari they want - whether that means activities all day, or a more relaxing time spent enjoying sundowners and sleep-ins, or a bit of both. No matter the schedule, we hope that all guests feel like you did - reconnected to nature, which is good for mind, body and soul! Thank you for choosing to come on safari with us! Des
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Judi R. wrote a review Oct 2019
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This was the best vacation I've ever had, and I am a seasoned traveler. Vundu Camp is owned by Nick Murray and his wife, Desiree. They are wonderful hosts, making you immediately feel right at home. The camp is situated on the Zambezi River. The stationary tent was immaculate, spacious and designed in good taste. Along with an in suite bathroom, there was an outdoor one attached to the tent and hot water available at all times. Laundry service was available every day. The food was consistently tasteful and well above standard fare. and the service to match. Members of the staff were all very friendly and helpful at all times.. Nick is an exceptional and well-respected guide. I wanted to get close to an elephant and he made that happen. I was able to touch and feed one which was the experience I hoped I would have, and the reason I went to Africa. Nick is also an authority on the painted dog, and we watched puppies playing near their den. There isn't anything I would change or that was lacking in my experience at Vundu Camp. It was the third camp I stayed at in this, my first trip to Africa. By far, it was the best of the three. If you want to really see animals in the wild, up close and personal, and enjoy wonderful accommodations in a relaxed atmosphere, then this is the camp for you.
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Date of stay: September 2019
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Response from BushlifeSafaris, Owner at Vundu Camp - Bushlife Safaris
Responded Oct 17, 2019
Dear Judi, Thank you for your wonderful review and we are so very glad that you had your best vacation yet! We love sharing our very special part of Africa with our guests, and we make every effort to make a stay at Vundu Camp memorable. It was a true pleasure to have you on safari with us! Thank you, Des
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Michael M wrote a review Oct 2019
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This was our 22 Safari. We had a great time at Kittke Vundu. We were greater by the famous elephant Boswell. We approached Boswell safely on foot with our professional guide Nic Polenakis. It’s really thrill to see Boswell stand up on his back legs and pull down tree branches. We were very fortunate to see the Vundu pack of Painted Wolves on two occasions. This was primarily due to the exceptional efforts of the Vundu guides. Our visit was at the den sight. We sat at a distance and watch the 10 adults begin to become active as the sun was setting. We were able to watch their greeting behavior and then began to get ready to hunt. We saw the tip of one pups head but the pups appeared to be seating very close to the den. We tried to pick the hunt up in the open plains closer to the river. Unfortunately it was to no avail with only one vehicle and night approaching. The next morning brought about some concern as the den had been abandoned and there were fresh Hyena tracks in the area. This brought about a day of stress for the guides and clients with concern for the dogs. The third day brought relief due to the exceptional efforts of Vundu guide Jim. He took his guest to three empty debs before finally locating the 10 adults and 5 pups on their first day out of the den. This was a magical experience. We sat with dogs for two hours in the morning. They were generally very relaxed and enjoying the shade of a tree. We returned in the late afternoon to sleeping dogs. We settled in on the ground and watched as the temperatures cooled and the adults became active. We observed some amazing greeting behavior. A scrum of 10 dogs flying in the air and rolling over each other. Speechless ! Finally the pups came out from under the tree and our small group was able to take the first photos of the newest Dynasty of these amazing Painted Wolves. We then saw the adult dogs take off after an impala. The Chase ended quickly. The guides consensus was that they did not want to chase too far off from the unprotected pups. Lucky Impala The dogs all returned and greeted the pups and then turned around and took off after another impala. Same result - the hunt was quickly aborted. The camp and the food were fine. The camp crew and chef were a pleasure to be with. We did a couple of braiis. It was great fun. Vundu main camp is more upscale than Little Vundu. We really didn’t care. We were just happy to be guest on this stunning concession. Nick and Des Murray are doing a great job protecting this fragile environment. We enjoyed an enlightening dinner in their company. We received the first hand story of the BBC production and all the updates to the 5 new pups. Their passion for Mana Pools Is contagious. Highly recommended
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Date of stay: September 2019Trip type: Traveled with friends
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Response from BushlifeSafaris, Owner at Vundu Camp - Bushlife Safaris
Responded Oct 17, 2019
Dear Michael, Thank you for your detailed review - what a great description of the "scrum" of 10 dogs flying in the air! Our entire team at Bushlife Safaris is deeply passionate and protective of Mana Pools - we know what a privilege it is to be able to do what we do, and so it is our duty to do as much as we can to protect its wildlife, and the environment too. We are glad we got to have dinner together and we really enjoyed our discussions - thanks for coming on safari with us, and we are very glad you had a super time. Thanks again, Des
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Bryan F wrote a review Oct 2019
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My wife and I have recently returned from four nights at Little Vundu and although I normally refrain from leaving reviews, I feel compelled, in this case, to offer some feedback. This trip was our 10th Safari and our first visit to Zimbabwe and Mana Pools. We were met by our guide, Garth at the airstrip and immediately felt we were in good hands. Little Vundu in my opinion is the perfect example of a simple, no nonsense Bush Camp. It's location on the banks of the majestic Zambezi is spectacular, with game and bird life moving through the camp on their way to the river. The food provided was plentiful and delicious, the tents were spacious with very comfortable beds and the camp staff were very attentive with cold beers and laundry.... in other words " everything you need and nothing you don't ". We visited the main Vundu Camp and shared a beer with the delightful owners, Nick & Des and their excellent staff. The main camp is also fabulous and we were made to feel very welcome, but we preferred the intimacy of Little Vundu.... just our personal preference. The highlight of our stay at Little Vundu however, was our guide Garth. It's fair to say, we have never had a better guide and enjoyed fantastic, informative game drives, whilst stopping to track Lion, Cheetah and Buffalo on foot... and back in camp we engaged in lively conversation round the dinner table. The highlight of our trip came on our last morning, where an early morning start found us spending 45 mins in the bush with the Nyakasanga Wild Dog Pack, Violet and her five pups.... absolutely magical !! Nick & Des and especially Garth... thank you for hosting us at Little Vundu... we had the best time... Bryan & Jan Ferguson East Lothian Scotland
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Date of stay: September 2019
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Response from BushlifeSafaris, Owner at Vundu Camp - Bushlife Safaris
Responded Oct 17, 2019
Hi Bryan, We loved this review and we so very glad you had "everything you need and nothing you don't!" Garth is a real gem in our team, and a wonderful professional guide. What an awesome sighting to see the painted wolves - especially Violet and her five pups - a special treat. Thank you for coming on safari with us - it really means a lot for the whole team to hear that you had the "best time!". Thank you, Des.
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Some of the more popular amenities offered include free breakfast, a lounge, and airport transportation.
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Guests can enjoy free breakfast and a lounge during their stay.
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