Mana Pools National Park



Situated in the extreme north of Zimbabwe, Mana Pools is part of the 10,500 square kilometre Parks and Wildlife Estate that runs along the Zambezi River from the Kariba Dam in the west to the Mozambique border in the east.

At Mana Pools the Zambezi river has left behind the remains of old channels, forming small seasonal pools scattered over 2000 square kilometers
This large area is without physical boundaries and the wildlife is free to move throughout the area – even northwards across the Zambezi River into Zambia, where there are also large wilderness areas set aside for wildlife conservation

How to Get to There
Drive along the main Harare / Chirundu tarred road

At the bottom of the Zambezi Escarpment, branch off the tarred road onto a dirt road (clearly signposted) that will take you 70 kilometres to Nyamepi Camp.

There are a number of game-viewing roads that run along the Zambezi River and further inland from which you can view the wide variety of wildlife.

Visitors can get a free entry permit to enter the Nyamautsi wilderness area and Kanga Pan where vehicle entry is limited to 2 per day

When to Go
– For comfort, March to August is perhaps the ideal time to

travel, with moderate temperatures and the climate is warm and dry.

The seeds from the albida are rich in nutrients and they drop in the dry winter months, when the animals need the nutrients the most.

More crocodiles are seen in the cold season when they bask mid-morning or late afternoon to raise their body temperature towards the 30°C they prefer

– September and October are the best months of the valley for game viewing as the animals come to the river to drink – September is warm and October is hot with clear blue skies,

– The rainy season from November to February is hot but cooled by frequent thunderstorms.

The thick silt soil of the floodplains means that game viewing can only be done in 4×4 vehicles, preferably in groups of 2 as even they get stuck.

The road the the entrance to the main camp at Nyamepi (70kms) is shale and an all weather road

The number of cars allowed into Mana Pools National Park at any one time is limited. Mana Pools is only partially developed as a tourist centre, but was so popular that the available facilities were prone to saturation.

Something Unforgettable – Walk Unaccompanied by Guides

On the old river terraces, tourists can walk unaccompanied by guides in the open woodland because visibility is good and there is little danger of unexpectantly coming across dangerous animals.

This privilege of walking alone in an area with dangerous wildlife is unique in Zimbabwe and what makes Mana Pools the magical place it is.

The mix of morning walks, canoeing and game drives gives great variety and interest – it’s a good combination

* Huge numbers of antelope including kudu, eland, waterbuck and sable along with their predators: lion, cheetah and wild dog.

« 450 species of birds to be seen in summer and in winter birding reverts to excellent

* The frequent mists of winter mornings in June and July along the Zambezi River can be a photographer’s delight

* Excellent canoeing and river fishing. For an experience of Africa bereft of the excesses of twentieth century it is hard to beat a canoeing safari along the Zambezi past Mana Pools National Park

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Camp Amalinda


Camp Amalinda

A Wilderness of Granite, is situated 45 kms outside of Bulawayo on the Matopos road


The Matopos region has been classified as a World Heritage Site and is home to a profusion of wildlife. Some of the prolific species include the black eagle and leopard.



Bulawayo is the most convenient location to access the camp and the Bulawayo airport is 20 kilometers away.
Destinations leading into Bulawayo are
Harare (439 km), Victoria Falls (437 km), Beitbridge on the South African Border (322 km) and Plumtree on the Botswana border (102 km).
It is not necessary to travel in a 4 X 4 vehicle.


The lodges are set within the granite boulders and each have a distinctive look and feel. There are 9 lodges in total comprising of 2 suites (with a king sized bed in each), 3 family rooms (with 2 double beds in each), 3 double rooms with a queen size bed and 1 single room which has two separate single beds. Camp Amalinda’s lodges all have electric blankets for the winter season. Showers and toilets are built into the granite rock face, giving a unique accommodation experience


You will be lead by our knowledgeable and professional guides through this enchanting area.

The choices of activities are:

Historic trek to Rhodes’ grave

Sunset hikes to the tops of granite dwalas

Walks to world renowned caves and bushman paintings

Game drives into the National Park

Spa salon and sauna with a professional masseuse.


Rhino walks (on request)

Swimming pool


Facts and Facilities:

Library area with a selection of classics

Two bar areas with a variety of local and imported beverages

Laundry service

A sunset lounge

Tea and coffee station

Borehole water throughout camp.

Set meals with dietary requirements accepted and meals served at the captain’s table



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The Elephant Camp – Victoria Falls


The Elephant Camp– Victoria Falls

Elephant Camp West is an extension of Elephant Camp at the Victoria Falls

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Elephant Camp West

Discounted Tours that include Elephant Camp

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Situated on a private concession within and bounded by the Masuwe River and the Zambezi gorges, The Elephant Camp has breathtaking views of the Victoria Falls’ spray, and the spectacular gorges which separate Zimbabwe and Zambia.


The Elephant Camp is a luxury and intimate lodge under canvas within easy reach of Victoria Falls and all its attractions and activities, yet secluded in its own private game reserve so as to allow closeup encounters with wildlife.


Access is by road transfer from Victoria Falls (15 kilometers from Victoria Falls Airport and 10 kilometers from Victoria Falls town), Livingstone and Kasane.WH_ELEPHANT_CAMP05.jpg



The Elephant Camp offers exclusive suite accommodation for only 24 guests in 12 luxury tents. All suites are gorge facing and have: • Private viewing deck and plunge pool • Private lounge area. • Air-conditioning and fans • Bath • Inside and outside shower • Mini bar and tea/coffee stations • 220v main electricity




The Elephant Camp offers close interaction with wildlife – in particular elephant Wildlife Sanctuary.


All otheractivitieson offer in Victoria Falls area are available at an additional cost.

Selected Spa Treatments available in the privacy of your suite (subject to availability, on request at an additional charge).

Elephant Camp West

Elephant Camp West is an extension of Elephant Camp at the Victoria Falls, and it can be booked on an exclusive-use basis.

The new camp consists of four tented suites overlooking the gorge and accommodating a maximum of eight guests. Each suite has a private viewing deck and plunge pool as well as its own lounge area. The suites have en-suite bathrooms with a bath as well as inside and outside showers.


Like the main camp, this new extension overlooks the Victoria Falls National Park, with the Victoria Falls – Mosi Oa Tunya – in view.

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The facility is independent of the main camp – with its own manager, chef and guide – to provide an exclusive experience for groups and families. The suites can also be equipped with sleeper couches for up to two children if required

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Bayete Guest House – Victoria Falls


Bayete Guest House – Victoria Falls

A beautiful guest house. Very relaxing and laid back. Friendly efficient staff.

Room Types

HoneyMoon Suite – Room 21
A spacious elegant room with the bath room romantically placed in an open plan manner. The shower and toilet are hidden off the bathroom




Deluxe Room 5

Twin 3/4 beds with wooden Frames for the Mosquito nets. This spacious room only has a shower.



Family Cottage – Room 10
A free Standing thatched cottage that sleeps a family of people. A Double bed and 3 single beds all with Mosquito Nets. There is only a shower & toilet in this bath room




Triple Sleeper Deluxe Room 11
3 Single Beds all with Mosquito family for either a small family or a trio travelling together. There is only a shower, toilet and basin in this room.

Lobengula Deluxe Suite – Room 18 – Triple Sleeper
An Artist’s playground … This triple sleeper has a double bed and a single bed all with Mosquito nets with an ensuite bathroom which has a bath, toilet and shower.


Deluxe Room 17

A Twin Single bedded Deluxe room with ensuite Bathroom which has a bath, shower and toilet




Executive Suite – Room 6

A spacious twin bedded room with Mosquito nets and an open plan screened large bathroom. There is an elegant Victorian Ball and Claw bath. There is a shower basin and toilet in the bathroom. This room has an interleading door with Executive Suite Room 7



Executive Suite – Room 7

An inverse Replica of Room 6 – This room has an interleading door with room 6 so can be used for Families of 4


Executive Suite – Room 9

The last room in the new Executive Wing – Twin bedded with Mosquito and an open plan screened spacious bathroom. There is a Victorian ball and claw bath as well as shower, toilet and basin. This room has an interleading door with Executive Suite Room 8 – Great for a Family of 4


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Matobo Hills Lodge – Zimbabwe


Matobo Hills Lodge– Zimbabwe

Matobo Hills Lodge was designed and constructed by Touch The Wild and was built using local labour and material. It opened in August 1992.

The lodge is situated within a private nature reserve bordering the Matobo National Park and is surrounded by some of the most spectacular granite scenery in the world. The Matobo Hills are renowned not only for their beauty and abundant flora and fauna but also for their unique historical, cultural and spiritual significance.

The granites of Matobo were formed over three thousand million years ago and have been carved by the erosive forces of nature into a remarkable gallery of sculptured rock covering several thousand square kilometres.

In general terms two types of granite hills occur in Matobo. The chaotic jumbles of rocks and balancing boulders or ‘ castle kopjies’ have been created by erosion working along the horizontal and vertical lines of weakness that formed as the ancient granites cooled. The massive ‘ whale backed’ domes or ‘ dwalas’ are the result of spheroidal weathering or ‘onion skin peeling’ that occurs during sudden changes in temperature. All of these forces of erosion act at an excruciatingly slow pace and it has taken nature hundreds of millions of years to create the incredible landscape we see today. Unfortunately she is not yet content with her efforts and her erosive power continues to act upon the surfaces of the rock.

Nature will only rest when all the granites are gone and the Matobo becomes a flat, featureless sandy plain. Luckily for us this is going to take several more hundred million years so for now at least, we can continue to enjoy this amazing wilderness in all it’s complexity.

The northern section of the hills is a national park and it’s wooded gorges and open valleys are home to a wide range of wildlife species including black and white rhinoceros, giraffe, sable antelope, kudu, impala, zebra, wildebeest and tsessebe. Throughout Matobo the granite slopes and boulders are home to a dazzling range of brightly coloured lizards and skinks as well as vervet monkeys, chacma baboons, leopards and such specialised species as klipspringer and rock hyrax. The Matobo is also renowned for its rich diversity of birds of prey including the worlds greatest concentration of black eagles.

For countless millennia Matobo has provided a sanctuary for people and the hills are alive with the history of their human occupiers. For tens of thousands of years during the stone age the hills were home to the Bushmen (or san) and their delicate paintings adorn the walls of hundreds of rock shelters and caves throughout the hills. More than a thousand years ago the first iron age settlers arrived in Matobo and their rusted iron implements,broken shards of pottery and clay beads are still periodically exposed by the summer rains.

The Ndebele tribe arrived here from Zululand in the mid 19th century while European occupiers took control of the hills in 1893. As each successive wave of invaders arrived in the hills, the residents of Matobo sought to hide their food stocks and in many secluded caves empty clay grain bins still stand in mute testimony to the futility of their efforts. Throughout history the allure and spirit of the Matobo hills has captivated its inhabitants. Mzilikazi, the first great king of the Ndebele people, is buried in a secret cave to the east of the hills while Cecil John Rhodes, the 19th century British colonialist chose to be buried on the lonely summit of Malindidzimu “The Hill of Benevolent Spirits”, at a place he called “A View of the World” Today the southern and eastern sections of the Hills are a tribal area, home to the Ndebele and Kalanga. Many aspects of the modern world have crept into their lives but they continue to be a traditional people and their thatched and decorated mud walled villages still dot the landscape in echoes of earlier times.

The Matobo Hills have always inspired within their human inhabitant feelings of awe and reverence and the Hills have long been regarded as a place of great spiritual importance. Some of the largest granite domes are sacred mountains and must not be pointed at for fear of causing disrespect to the spirits that occupy them. A long established system of belief and worship is still associated with Matobo and several ancient rainmaking shrines continue to be used for age-old rituals and ceremonies. Prior to the commencement of

each rainy season and it times of drought, people from throughout Zimbabwe and beyond come to the Matobo shrines to pray for rain.

The Matobo Hills are unique in the remarkable range of African images and experiences they provide. We wish you an exciting and memorable encounter with this captivating landscape.

Safari Activities

• Visit the famous painted caves.

• Game drives into the national park.

• Scenic drives and walks.

• Visit the tribal villages.

• Visit the grave of Cecil John Rhodes at “a view of the world”.

• Take early morning walks within the lodge reserve.

Matobo Hills Lodge information.

On some occasions wild animals may come into the lodge grounds, please treat all wild animals as potentially dangerous and do not attempt to approach even the most apparently docile of them. Great care should be taken when climbing anywhere in the Hills. If in doubt you should turn back, it’s often easier going up than coming down! There are a great number of historical sites within the Hills but these can generally only be located with the help of a guide. Should you accidentally come across any of these sites please treat them with the greatest possible respect. The stone age paintings are thousands of years old and can be destroyed simply by touching them. Clay grain bins and other artefacts are also easily damaged.

Swimming pool

Swimming pool towels are available from the bar or reception. Please note that the swimming pool has been built into the granite and therefore has an irregular shape and depth. For this reason diving into the pool cannot be permitted.


Water is drawn from deep beneath the Mamlongwe river and is safe to drink. If you have any concerns however, bottled water is available from the bar.At certain times of the year the Lodge may experience water shortages. During such times we do remove bath plugs from the rooms in an attempt to save water and we would ask guests to shower rather than bath. If you would like to bath however please ask the reception staff and plugs will be provided.

Bar accounts

You may sign the slips from the bar by printing and signing your name and cottage number. This account is payable upon departure.

If you are leaving early in the morning please settle your accounts before 7.00pm on the evening before departure.

Receptionis open from 7.30am to 6.30pm daily.

Check out times

To allow for the preparation of rooms for incoming guests we would ask you to vacate your room by 9.30am on the day of departure. Should your room not be required for incoming guests it will be our pleasure to allow you to utilise it until your actual departure. Please ask at reception regarding availability.


Matobo Hills Lodge is one of the few safari lodges in Zimbabwe that accepts children of any age and we believe it is important that families have the opportunity of enjoying wilderness areas together. We would however ask parents to ensure that their children are under responsible supervision at all times, that they do not make excessive amounts of noise or disturb the privacy and enjoyment of other guests.

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Elephant Express – Hwange


Elephant Express – Hwange

Rail Transfer to Safari camps along boundary of Hwange Park

A unique transfer experience by rail to Bomani & Camelthorn Safari Camps from Dete

The Elephant Express, complete with teak tables,transports 22 passengers to a bygone era (when safari by rail was part of the adventure)along the park’s northern boundary.


Sometimes you have to wait for theLine King.


Elephant-express rail-transfers for Bomani & Camelthorn Safari camps



Transports 22 passengers to a bygone era (when safari by rail was part of the adventure)


Rail-transfers-on-the-elephant-express – one of the world’s straightest rail lines


The elephant express is great fun for kids

** Please note the Elephant Express has to run according to scheduling specified by the National Railways of Zimbabwe and as such may be subject to delays and cancellations, which are beyond our control.

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Camelthorn Lodge


Camelthorn Villas – Hwange national park Zimbabwe

Camelthorn is in the woodlands on the edge of Ngamo’s famous Plains

Quick facts about Camelthorn:

Room amenities:

Here, you will be treated to a truly memorable safari experience, in pure comfort and style.


Enjoy al fresco dining under our ancient camelthorn tree, savour your morning coffee in front of a roaring fire, track herds of elephant by foot, and enjoy close up photography from inside our look-up blind.

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This flagship lodge ticks all the boxes for your authentic African safari experience.


Quick facts about Camelthorn:

– 1 hour small plane charter from Victoria Falls or Bulawayo

– 4 hour road transfer from Victoria Falls or Bulawayo

– 2 hour road transfer from Victoria Falls to Dete and then a 2.5 hourRail Car Transferfrom Dete Railway Station.

– Camelthorn is situated in one of Hwange’s last remaining well-protected and un-spoilt acacia woodlands, on the edge of the South Eastern corner of Hwange National Park

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– The main lodge is unique in its style and design and has as its centre piece a huge ancient Camelthorn tree that spans a 35-metre outdoor dining area

– Accommodation: 8 luxuriously furnished forest villas that are cool in the hot months and warm and cosy in the cold months.


– Each villa has a private en-suite bathroom with a bath and feature window overlooking the woodland, large shower, closed off toilet, fireplace, a private ground level deck,



upstairs outdoor maisonette with hammock and daybed and electricity by diesel/solar generator.


– The woodlands surrounding our forest villas is dotted with small water baths that attract some of the smaller and less destructive woodland creatures – bushbuck, mongoose, squirrels and an abundance of interesting and colourful birdlife

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Banded mongoose

– Less than a kilometre away from the lodge and inside Hwange National Park, we have built an underground hide in front of a beautifully located waterhole – elephants can be photographed from toe level silhouetted against the sky at a distance of 25 feet. Such close proximity to Hwange’s giants is truly breathtaking!

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– Our friendly and knowledgeable guides will take you on walks or drives inside this truly wild and remote region of Hwange National Park, famous for its giants, the elephants, as well as a plethora of different wildlife

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– Other activities include all day ‘
The Pump Run’, night drives and school and village visits

Room amenities:

– Ceiling fans

– Fire place

– Stocked minibar facility

– Coffee and tea tray

– Hair dryer

– Mosquito net and repellent

– Emergency whistles

– Electronic safes

– Mobile LED lamp

– Robes

– Free daily laundry


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