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Reviewed May 28, 2019

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!

Date of stay: May 2019
Trip type: Traveled with family
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BushlifeSafaris, Manager at Vundu Camp - Bushlife Safaris, responded to this reviewResponded June 4, 2019

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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Reviewed January 24, 2019

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

Date of stay: August 2018
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BushlifeSafaris, Manager at Vundu Camp - Bushlife Safaris, responded to this reviewResponded January 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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Reviewed November 12, 2018

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.

Room tip: All the room’s are great as they all look onto the Zambezi river.
Date of stay: November 2018
  • Trip type: Traveled solo
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BushlifeSafaris, Manager at Vundu Camp - Bushlife Safaris, responded to this reviewResponded December 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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Reviewed November 8, 2018

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.

Date of stay: October 2018
Trip type: Traveled as a couple
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BushlifeSafaris, Manager at Vundu Camp - Bushlife Safaris, responded to this reviewResponded November 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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Reviewed November 5, 2018

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 :)

Room tip: Amazing rooms with functioning showers and hot water, toilets and small sitting room. Everything needed is there.
Date of stay: October 2018
Trip type: Traveled with family
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BushlifeSafaris, Manager at Vundu Camp - Bushlife Safaris, responded to this reviewResponded November 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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