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John’s Camp, Mana Pools National Park

John’s Camp lies in the shade of mahogany trees close to the Zambezi River, a mighty waterway that brings life to the wild and incredibly beautiful Mana Pools National Park.

Here, you’ll be able to track big game on foot alongside some of the best guides in the country, an incredible opportunity to walk amongst huge African elephants, admire giraffes up close and gaze at lazing lions. Game drives and land-based tiger fishing are also on the menu, whilst the bird watching is phenomenal with over 400 different species to find. You can even take a private tour of the National Park headquarters, a chance to meet the hardworking rangers and learn more about the work they do.

Accommodation comprises just six ensuite Meru-style tents which allow the camp to deliver a truly intimate, personalised experience. Each tent is spaced out along a floodplain neighbouring the Zambezi River, with an alfresco dining area placed in the centre. You can even spend the night under the stars on the camp’s dedicated sleep-out platform to feel even closer to the African bush. The camp operates seasonally and is only open in the dry season between May and mid-November each year. 

John’s Camp, at a glance

  • Intimate, semi-permanent safari camp positioned at the heart of a valley in Zimbabwe’s Mana Pools National Park 
  • Located along a floodplain adjacent to the Zambezi River 
  • Accommodates up to 12 guests in six double-canvas Meru-style tents with twin or double beds
  • Living rooms with comfortable sofas and canvas chairs 
  • Ensuite bathroom facilities with flush toilets, running water basins and overhanging safari-style bucket showers 
  • Exceptional service and passionate guiding 
  • Dine alfresco under a shady tree or starry sky 
  • A member of the Robin Pope Safaris portfolio 

For leisure and pleasure

  • Incredible birdwatching opportunities
  • Game drives in Toyota land cruisers 
  • Thrilling guided walks for up-close wildlife encounters with professional armed guides
  • Land-based catch-and-release fishing 
  • Tour the National Parks headquarters
  • Enjoy breakfasts and lunches out in remote locations out in the bush 
  • Thrilling guided walks offer up-close wildlife encounters 
  • Sleep under the stars on an elevated platform or ‘mozzi dome’ tent
  • Enjoy evening cocktails around the campfire overlooking the floodplain

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  • It has been wonderful to discover that there remain places like this in the world, where one can find peace amid wild nature. This has been the highlight of our stay in Colombia and we look forward to telling our friends about it.

    ZA, Colombia