Top 3 Incredible Independent Mana Pools Camps
Being a small, owner run tailor made travel company we like to work with business that reflect our values and support others that offer incredible levels of service and personal attention as well as some of the best and most authentic safari experiences in Africa.
In Zimbabwe’s Mana Pool’s there are three superb operators that offer this and are rare in the safari industry in that they are still family run. It is often the case that these properties retain more individuality and have more character than a group of properties replicating the same formula. Everyone is different and that’s where we come in, in helping to decide what will be perfect for you, for me however, I love this little gems, each owner with their own ideas and take on how best to appreciate and experience the wilderness that they all possess a true passion for being immersed in.
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A family run affair, the Murray family own and operate Vundu, Little Vundu, Chitake Mobile Camp and Ruwesi Canoe Trail, a collection of outstanding safari experiences. Nick and Des Murray are two incredibly experienced guides and have been raising their own pack in wild for many years. Nick was instrumental in the BBC TV series “Dynasties” allowing Sir David Attenborough proximity to Wild Dogs on foot that is almost unheard of. Of their camps I Little Vundu is my favourite, with only 4 classic, large and well put together safari tents, this an experience that brings to mind “Out of Africa” with a future safari legend.
Stretch Ferreira Safaris
One of the best guides in all of Africa with a true passion for the wilderness, Stretch has been running his own camp for many years under the banner of Goliath Safaris but now he is solely in charge of his operation and it’s a true safari enthusiasts paradise! A small authentic tented safari camp with a focus on the activities that take place in the bush but still maintaining the hospitality that comes with a high end safari.
While this camp now falls under the umbrella of Robin Pope Safaris this is more of a marketing collaboration and is still run independently by Milo Harrup and Sarah Stevens, the daughter of John Stevens, one of Zimbabwe’s most respected guides from who the camp takes its name. The camp clearly has a lot of this family’s passion embedded in it, in the way it has been constructed and the way that it is run. It is fantastic to be a part of second generation involvement in safari tourism and conservation, it’s clear that Milo and Sarah both have the same love for the bush as John. For those that are looking for a truly special private guided safari it is possible to arrange for John to accompany you not only here at John’s Camp but also at other properties in you Zimbabwe itinerary.