Nyamatusi Camp: The Lowdown

 

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It’d be fair to say that Nyamatusi is one of the most luxurious camps in Mana Pools.

What’s Nyamatusi really like?

The six tented suites are all huge, with indoor and outdoor showers and their own private plunge pools. They’re pretty well spaced out so you have a real sense of privacy, though we should flag up that given the distances, and the fact that this is serious lion country, guests are escorted to and from the main area, often even during the day. The main part of camp has a slightly tree-house like feel- where the top deck is a cosy sitting room and lookout, and the bottom is where you will find the bar, dining room and another small pool.

What can I do at Nyamatusi?

Nyamatusi gives you the chance to explore Mana Pools in three different ways- in a vehicle, on foot, or by canoe. Game drives are usually shared and take place in the morning and afternoon. As Mana is a national park, it’s not possible to do night drives or offroad driving, but this is really where the walking safaris come in. This is a great speciality in Mana Pools, and we’ve approached elephants up close and even seen a pangolin on foot here. Canoe safaris in Mana are also huge fun- a great way to appreciate the birdlife up close as well as the hippos and crocs, though hopefully not so close. Lastly, it is also possible to try catch and release fishing from the riverbank.

Giving Back at Nyamatusi: We’re always keen to support locally own businesses, but it’s so rare that the person at the top is local. Not so with Nyamatusi- owner Beks is Zimbabwean, and started himself as a guide before opening his safari camps. This really seems to show in the commitment to the nature and people of Zimbabwe, from getting rid of plastic water bottles to providing hospitality internships for vulnerable women.

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