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Vundu Camp - Bushlife Safaris

Mana Pools National Park, Zimbabwe
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#1 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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My mom and I (58 and 30 years old respectively) just returned from a trip to Mana Pools, and stayed at Vundu, and had the best time there! We had Simeon as our private guide, who was so knowledgable about all the animals, their behaviors, as well as the tree/plant life in the area. He did a great job at listening to what we wanted to get out of our vacation to Mana Pools -- for us it wasn't about seeing a particular animal and "checking it off the list"...we were more interested in seeing an animal and watching its behavior and how it interacts with other animals/its environment. We tracked a young bull elephant for a few hours one morning while it was feeding, another morning we came across 2 female lions -- we were only a few feet away when one of them started to roar right in front of us! It was nice to be able to do some walking tours, rather than sitting in a vehicle all day. At night, we did a few night drives, and at times we would turn off the vehicle and all lights, to just Sundowners each night was one of our favorite parts of the day. Spending a few hours just relaxing with a drink of choice, watching the sun go down over the mountains and Zambezi River was so peaceful. On our last morning, along with Nick (owner), we were able to track down Tusker, one of their famed elephants. Tusker was resting/sleeping near a bushed area, and we watched as Nick approached Tusker and sat with him while he slept. To our surprise, Nick motioned for us to come and sit with him and Tusker! I had the opportunity to sit within 2-3 feet of the bull elephant, which will forever be imprinted in our memories. It was incredible to be so close to such a magestic animal, and to simply sit and watch him, & take in his beauty. I would also recommend doing one of the afternoon canoe trips, which gave us an entirely different perspective of the river and the wildlife within it. We got lucky, and Tusker (elephant that we saw that morning), ended up crossing the river right in front of our canoe's that afternoon! The tents were a little rustic, but comfortable. Staff would put down the mosquito nets each night. Would recommend a slightly larger curtain near the shower, as it didn't cover the entire screen window. Food was alright, and served as large family meal -- which was great to hear about everyone's adventure for the day. Drinks were plentiful, and I fell in love with the Amarula liquor that Africa is known for. The manager, Nats, surprised me with a bottle to bring home, as they don't sell it in the States! Overall, it was an amazing stay, and would recommend Vundu to anyone considering a trip to Zim. We are actually already planning a trip to return to Vundu to show our husbands what an magical place Mana Pools can be!
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Response from BushlifeSafaris, Manager at Vundu Camp - Bushlife Safaris
Responded 3 weeks ago
Thank you for taking the time to review us on TripAdvisor. We appreciate all your comments and suggestions. We are very glad you got to have some peak life experiences while you were with us - sitting with Tusker was certainly a special moment for Nick too. We’re really looking forward to having you all here next year, and we will make sure that we have Amarula “on tap” ready for you...“Zimbabwean tots!” Please send our best to your mom and see you soon. Warm regards, Natalie & The Vundu Team
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An excellent camp, well organized. Every time I guide for Bushlife it is a pleasure and clients are always with satisfied with a unique experience. Game driving, walking a big part of the experience, canoeing, birding etc Good facilities, safe and very comfortable accommodation in a pristine part of Mana Pools
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Response from BushlifeSafaris, Manager at Vundu Camp - Bushlife Safaris
Responded Jan 27, 2019
Thank you so much for your kind review! We are happy that we can provide a great experience, not only for guests that visit Vundu Camp, but also for the guides! Our team works hard to provide the best experience possible in our paradise that is Mana Pools. We hope to see you again soon.
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If you want a trip of a lifetime with experience’s that words just aren’t enough to describe then visit Mana Pools and stay with Bushlife Safaris at Vundu Camp. The intensity of the experiences was phenomenal and the team at the lodge are very knowledgeable and experienced. You become part of the family. Wild dogs and elephants were the main ‘attraction’ and boy did the Bushlife team over deliver. You see wildlife from trucks, on foot and in kayaks. The wildlife is fantastic and Mana Pools is a very beautiful place, even at the height of the dry season. The lodge is located next to the beautiful Zambezi river. I can’t recommend this place enough. It is not a cheap place to visit but you will not regret spending the money. You really do get up close to the wildlife and get to observe amazing behaviour. My trip feels like a dream as I could never have envisaged the wildlife experiences I had. The Vunu Bushlife Team really understand and care for the wildlife and this adds to an already very special place.
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Response from BushlifeSafaris, Manager at Vundu Camp - Bushlife Safaris
Responded Dec 11, 2018
Thank you so much for an incredibly kind and complimentary review of your recent stay at Vundu Camp! We are delighted to hear you had a great time. Mana Pools is an exceptionally special place with an abundance of incredible wildlife. Our phenomenal guides have built a trust with the elephants and wild dogs, which allows for unforgettable wildlife encounters and experiences. Thank you again for your wonderful!
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The three day canoe trip was brilliant, seeing the landscape and wildlife from a completely different perspective, in a very relaxed way, with excellent guide Henry. The highlight of the stay at the main camp was being able to walk on game drives, including approaching Boswell, the huge male elephant that stands on two legs to access high branches, and the wild dogs too, again with Henry. The lodge itself is very pleasant, comfortable and informal, on the banks of the Zambesi.
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Response from BushlifeSafaris, Manager at Vundu Camp - Bushlife Safaris
Responded Nov 10, 2018
Thank you so much for your review of your recent stay at Vundu Camp, and your Ruwesi Canoe Trail! Henry is a fantastic guide! Both on land and on the Zambezi River. He has many many years of experience. Walking in Mana Pools is a wonderful way to see wildlife from a new perspective, and especially for photography! We hope you will come visit again soon.
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This was an amazing holiday and a great opportunity for us to discover many animals and learn interesting facts about them! The views were amazing and we also really enjoyed the safaris and the animals. The staff is amazing, and we'll definitely come back again another time :)
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Response from BushlifeSafaris, Manager at Vundu Camp - Bushlife Safaris
Responded Nov 6, 2018
Thank you so much for your kind review of your recent stay at Vundu Camp in Mana Pools. We are pleased to hear you had an amazing time and were able to learn so much. Mana Pools offers many learning opportunities; whether it be about the wildlife, the landscapes or even the many people you will meet in camp. We look forward to you returning to us in the near future! Thank you again.
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ZimbabweMashonaland Central ProvinceMana Pools National Park
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