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Kanga Camp
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Rheinberg, Germany
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36 reviews
35 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 40 helpful votes
“A place like being in Paradise”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 11, 2012

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.

  • Stayed September 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Sydney, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 6, 2012

In April 2012 we spent 3 nights at Kanga Camp in Mana Pools National Park. This really is a special little place. It is fairly remote, being 20-30kms from the nearest camp site. We didn't see another vehicle the whole time we were in the park. Set on a pan, the camp itself is beautiful. On arrival, it all looks quite small. And that is part of the attraction. There are just six tents which are beautifully appointed. We had a very comfortable king bed, double sinks, a sitting area and an outdoor bathroom - with bath and shower. The tent sides have three layers, mozzie-screen, canvas and curtains. You can choose how many layers you want between yourself and your noisy neighbours. We were kept awake by baboons, hyenas and leopards. However, we feet very safe inside the tent.
We were up with the dawn and kept busy throughout the day. The bush was quite thick and great for birding. We had excellent sightings of lilac-breasted roller, african hoopoe, red-billed wood hoopoe, paradise whydar, bee-eaters and loads more. Both Sean and Regi are amazing in their enthusiasm and ability to spot and identify a passing bird. We were also lucky enough to see two painted hunting dogs chasing an impala through the pan - from the breakfast table. And we spotted at pangolin, which are nocturnal and hard to find. The park also contains elephants, impala, warthog, zebra, kudu, hippos, buffalo and crocs in abundance.
The food was also fantastic. The menu was really varied, so different to many safari camps that mainly feature meat. They accomodated our dietry needs effortlessly. All of the wines on offer were also very good. And we really appreciated the piping-hot plunger coffee served on the edge of the Zambezi for morning tea.
Mana Pools really is a little paradise, just for the remoteness and undiscovered feel. There is a real difference in the reactions of the wildlife, who are not used to people. At our next stop, a larger and more establised area, the lilac-breasted roller would hang around the vehicle; whereas at Mana they are more skittish and fly away quite fast.
This is a very different safari experience and really contrasts with what can feel a little stage managed - particularly at the big parks way down south - where there are large numbers of game-viewing vehicles. At Mana there are no guarantees you will see everything on your game viewing list. But it is a fantastic place to get away from it all and spend some time in an area where not many others have trod.

  • Stayed April 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Additional Information about Kanga Camp

Property: Kanga Camp
Address: Kanga Pan, Mana Pools National Park, Zimbabwe
Location: Zimbabwe > Mashonaland Central Province > Mana Pools National Park
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Breakfast Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Suites
Hotel Style:
Ranked #4 of 10 Specialty Lodging in Mana Pools National Park
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$$
Hotel Class:3 star — Kanga Camp 3*
Number of rooms: 6
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 

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