My wife and I stayed in Kanga Camp for three nights from Sept. 24th - 27th 2012. Without any doubt this is the best location to build a camp in all of Zimbabwe - in a beautiful landscape amidst tall old trees directly at the only water hole for miles. The car turns off the road to the main building and the first thing one sees is the water hole and all the animals that are there to drink (including Wild Dogs) …. a "wow" feeling from the first moment.
The six tents are beautiful in classic safari style with zipper doors and outdoor bathrooms. The outstanding honeymoon suite in which we were upgraded is hidden behind trees and bushes and has an indoor bathroom with two sinks and a flush toilet as well as an outdoor shower / - bathtub. The beds are large and comfortable. Electricity and hot water in the tent was available all day long.
Food was of good quality and delicious. Porridge and cornflakes before the morning game drive and warm and cold dishes for lunch and for tea time were served in a buffet style. The candle light dinner was served at the table which was very atmospheric.
But what makes Kanga Camp so unique is the water hole. The camp operator is allowed to pump groundwater so that the water whole dries no longer out during the dry season. This is the reason why massive amounts of animals can be observed during dry season just from the sitting area. We have seen: Wild Dogs (14 adults and 15 puppies), Elephants, Zebras, Kudus, Wardhogs, Buffalos, Hyenas, Baboons, Impalas, 3 different prides of Lions, Leopards …
To be fair it must be pointed out that game drives in the area of the camp do not provide many wildlife viewing. Either you stay in the camp or you make a game drive to Mana Pools, which is also offered and what we did. This game drive has lasted almost a whole day (07.00 - 15.00) and was fantastic and exciting. Lots of wildlife to see down in Mana Pools / on the way. Best sighting there was a couple of Lions that has killed a Zebra, Roan Antelopes and Sable Antelopes, Zebra herds … It was a perfect day with our fantastic guide and perfect driver Reggie.
All the staff and the other guests in the camp were very nice people. To name a few we would like to mention Rob (a true Gentleman), the famous scientists and Wild Dog expert Greg Rasmussen (a great storyteller) and Reggie and Eddie with which we have discussed for hours until late at night when all others were already in the beds.
If there is a place to which we would happily return and we can heartily recommend it is Kanga Camp.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The private concession is set away from the crowds in a remote part of the legendary Mana pools where a private safari experience is the focus, and tracking wildlife on foot is a specialty. A 12 bedded seasonal camp built around a water hole, which acts as the main attraction for wildlife in the area as it is the only source of permanent water in the location. Walking and game-drive activities in the area can be complimented with trips to the Zambezi flood plain experience. Water based activities such as fishing and canoeing can be arranged in advance and on special request. Camp opens:from May to October included. Rates are all inclusive. ... more less