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Kanga Camp - African Bush Camps
Reviewed September 6, 2013

We had an amazing two days at Kanga camp. It has a pan, a small water pool which many animals visit regularly to drink. Baboons and elephants are fairly permanent residents as are the storks, the fishing eagle and the one crocodile! The staff were friendly and the service and food were both good. The best part was that during dinner it is possible to put the red spotlight on the pool and view the nocturnal visitors. We saw a leopard, hyena and a civit all whilst we enjoyed our dinner.
Thulani was an excellent guide and during game drives we found most of the animals we had hoped to see.
Only criticism - the rooms were quite dark. I suggest taking a good torch!

  • Stayed: August 2013, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed August 19, 2013

Firstly i want to say Shelley in reservations is top notch! So nice and professional and prompt.I simply LOVED Kanga itself.WOW---what an amazing camp! The way the elephants walk around all day everyday.Is just to awesome!! The staff was awesome.I simply adored each of them.My son and I got sick and I cannot tell you how many times they checked on him and I.Nadine was also such a nice person! I loved the family tent.WOW---I felt like Ernest Hemingway must of.The only reason Iam giving it a four is because I think the food could use improving.But I would go back anytime.I love Kanga! Thank each and EVERY ONE of you for your kindness.

Room Tip: the family tent is "THE BOMB" !! But all tents very nice!
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  • Stayed: June 2013, traveled with family
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AfricanBushCamps, Public Relations Manager at Kanga Camp - African Bush Camps, responded to this reviewResponded August 22, 2013

Dear Shay012,
Thank you very much for your review of Kanga Camp. We are delighted you loved Kanga and felt well looked after by our Team. We appreciate your commentary regarding the food and I can confirm that our Chef has recently undergone our regular in-house training which we conduct to consistently improve on our service delivery.
We hope we have the opportunity to host you again soon! Until then, take care and Kindest Regards
Kanga Camp and the Team at African Bush Camps

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Reviewed October 12, 2012

My wife and I stayed at the start of September 12 for 3 nights. The camp is exclusive, the staff fantastic, food excellent and the setting truly amazing. This was far beyond what I expected. On arrival we were made to feel comfortable and were aware that the staff loved the camp too.
The tents are classic and very comfortable, with a bathroom outside which felt great.
The setting was very relaxed and peacefully except on the occasions the animals wanted to voice their opinion to another neighbour.
This was African animals at there best, no guarantees but very real and wild. I will not be going to the more commercialised parks again where you are guaranteed to see animals but the experience is somehow stage managed.
The staff were very welcoming and knowledgeable, too mention a couple, Tammy the perfect host and Rob an outstanding guide and a true bushman, his enthusiasm soon rubbed off.
We saw a diverse amount of animals, Leopard, Lion, Wild dog, Elephant, Zebra, Water Monitor, Buffalo, Warthog, Numerous antelope, Mongoose and more without leaving the camp. The birds were also fantastic with too many siting’s too list.
This was a truly amazing 3 days and I highly recommend.

Room Tip: 6 tents, one is the honeymoon suite, all are perfect
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  • Stayed: September 2012, traveled as a couple
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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
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5  Thank ralfcho
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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
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Reviewed September 9, 2017
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  • Stayed: September 2017, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed August 27, 2016
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  • Stayed: July 2016, traveled as a couple
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Additional Information about Kanga Camp - African Bush Camps

Address: | Kanga Pan, 15km from the Zambezi River, 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 12 Specialty Lodging in Mana Pools National Park
Price Range: $1,169 - $1,185 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3 star — Kanga Camp - African Bush Camps 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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