Nyamatusi Camp is set in one of the wildest and most remote parts of Africa. It also sits on the banks of one of the oldest rivers in the world, the Zambezi River. Nyamatusi allows you to experience an authentic view of the old untouched Africa. There’s a sense of remoteness about the camp. You gave over the floodplains to the river with Sausage Trees weighed down by their fruit and the stunning backdrop of distant mountains.
The main area is exquisite with a lovely upstairs sitting area and viewing deck. Downstairs there's an underground wine cellar (air-conditioned). There are six luxury tented suites, all with uninterrupted views of the river and the mountains beyond. Each suite has a small sitting area, mini-bar, international charging station and en suite facilities with indoor-outdoor shower. Outside there's an expansive deck with a private plunge pool. It is also the only camp which offers air-conditioning (and plunge pools) in Mana Pools. This is much needed in the hot days of September and October.
You can spend the days walking in the footsteps of ancient explorers, following the tracks of elephants. Their walking guides will accompany you through the bush while teaching you about animal spoor, interesting insects, plants and the geology of the area. Or you can watch the drama of the wild play out before your eyes on game drives with expert guides. The Lower Zambezi River is the perfect setting for an adventurous canoeing safari. Paddle along the tranquil waters of the Zambezi River and take in the pristine scenery of Mana Pools National Park from a unique angle. You’ll get the chance to see wildlife such as hippos, crocodiles, elephants, and incredible birdlife.
Birding is excellent in Mana Pools. Delight in the call of the African skimmer, photograph the Southern carmine bee-eater or the Narina trogon. Finally you can try your hand at fishing for tiger-fish, bream or vundu on a catch and release basis.
Note: This camp is open from 1st April to 5th January. However expect hot temperatures from October onwards. The camp doesn''t offer wifi (very remote) but there is an emergency phone if needed.
See Milandi's first hand review here...
Nyamatusi Mahogany is a small family-friendly camp which lies close to the main camp. It offers the perfect luxury safari experience for families. It comprises 2 tented suites and 2 family suites. Each suite has en suite facilities with indoor and outdoor showers,. Each family suite has en suite bathroom with bath tub and shower and two bedrooms. All rooms have private decks and plunge pools, and are nestled under ancient mahogany trees on the edge of the mighty Zambezi River.
The camp has been designed with style and serenity in mind. Promoting a philosophy that embraces families into the wild, children are welcomed into camp with our special ‘Ngwana Club’ starter kit and a wide range of activities are on offer, tailored to your children’s ages. A day on a family safari is fluid, exciting, varied and full of special memories.
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Milandi’s review of Nyamatusi Camp
Nyamatusi Camp is a beautiful, well run camp. The flight from Bumi to Mana Pools was approx 30 minutes. The pilot was kind enough to take us over the Kariba Dam wall. On arrival at the airstrip, it is a 40 minute drive to the camp. During the dry season, you can also enjoy a boat cruise from Chirundu airstrip.
The camp is exquisitely decorated and is the only camp to offer both air-conditioning (much appreciated) and private plunge pools (likewise). it offers beautiful scenery with floodplains, the wide Zambezi River and the mountains on the Zambian side as a backdrop. We enjoy stunning evocative sundowners by the river.
The food was by far the best food on the trip and the hosting was very friendly and attentive.
But it was late October and it was HOT! It was 42C (110F) . Mana Pools was in the middle of one of the worst droughts in 40 years. So we didn’t see a lot of game, but this massive heat was a huge factor. They are currently having to bring in hay for the animals, but the drought is still desperate.
However assuming you visited prior to say mid September, this camp would definitely deliver on the true Mana Pool experience. Their activities include game walks (which are very hot in October), game drives, canoeing safaris, fishing on catch and release basis and boating (non-motorized).
The rooms are very far apart and there is a strict no walking policy because of the presence of elephants all around. You radio in for a ride to the main building.
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