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Mana Pools in Zimbabwe’s Zambezi Valley up north and Gonerazhou in the south-eastern corner of Zimbabwe blend together beautifully for a Bush Camp combo like no other. Combine rugged, beautiful landscapes with incredible game viewing and walking in the wild… both Mana Pools and Gonerazhou are two areas in Africa that remain truly wild and unspoiled by mass tourism. One of the best things about this itinerary? These vibrant camps are run by young, energetic, passionate people and offer the best in comfort and class on the banks of the Zambezi and Runde Rivers…


Spend four nights at Mana Pools Safari Company Mobile Tented Camp.
Zimbabwe’s largest concentration of hippos and crocodiles and large dry season mammal populations of elephant and buffalo can be seen in the Mana area. Run by Sarah and Milo Harrup, this authentic and classically comfortable camp is the perfect base from which to see wildlife up close, either from the safety and comfort of a specially modified 4WD vehicle or by foot, as Mana is one of the few places in the world where you can still walk in the wild. Accompanied by your guide, who is armed, walking provides a real connection to the earth.

Spend four nights at Gonerazhou Bush Camp.
Gonarezhou Bush Camp is a mobile tented camp run by Ant and Rawana Kaschula, which can be set up in several locations within Gonarezhou National Park, depending on the time of year and wildlife movements.

The aim is to offer a close-to-nature wilderness experience where guests can touch, feel, smell and taste the bush. A day with Gonerazhou Bush Camp may include watching lions make an early morning kill, quietly watching elephants stripping a Baobab tree or catching a tiger fish at sunset. Explore by vehicle or on foot with Ant Kaschula as your guide in an area he knows and loves intimately.


The Mana Pools Safari Company Tented Camp

Take the tradition and values of colonial-style safari hospitality, add a modern edge that’s fresh and playful, and you’ve got Mana Pools Safari Company Tented Camp. The camp is tucked away in a private spot on the banks of the Zambezi River.
The camp consists of spacious and comfortable en suite tents (including shower and long-drop toilet).

Gonerazhou Bush Camp

Attention to detail ensures your comforts are adequately taken care of and none of the important necessities have been overlooked – comfortable beds, hot showers and clean ablution facilities, freshly prepared wholesome meals and a good selection of hot and cold beverages are all provided.

The camp can sleep a maximum of ten guests, in five 3 x 3 metre canvas dome tents. Each tent has two regular size single beds fitted with cotton sheets, duvets and throw pillows, a bedside table and outside a little front veranda with two chairs and a hand washbasin. A little distance behind each tent is separate shower and short-drop loo tent.


Contact Nicci or Laura to find out more about this sensational safari – how to get there, costs, etc - or even allow us to look at something similar for you; we are happy to tailor an exciting Zimbabwean journey to your needs, and can include Victoria Falls, Kariba, Hwange and Matopos as additional destinations.

Recommended dates for the North to South Signature Safari itinerary are anytime between May and November, dependent on availability.


The best time to visit Mana Pools in terms of access and temperature (not too hot or wet) is from May to early September, during the winter dry season, but can extend into November.
Similarly, May to November are the best months to visit Gonerazhou with the hottest period being in September/October.

These Signature Safaris give you a good idea of the diversity of places and types of journey we can put together for you. Since we’re not just about John Stevens alone, we asked John himself for some recommendations – of great guiding friends, favourite camps and lodges, adventurous activities and desirable destinations. So wherever you see the Signature Safari symbol, you’ll know that John has personally endorsed the itinerary.

We hope our Signature Safaris, which keep growing in number, spark some ideas and inspire you to come on a life-changing journey to Africa.
If the dates don’t suit or you’d like to adapt the itinerary, that’s no problem at all; speak to us and we can create one that’s perfect for you.
Similarly, if you don’t want to travel alone, we can try and put together a group for you, to keep the costs down – and you can make friends with like-minded people at the same time!

With your dreams and ideas, and our experience, contacts and knowledge, we’ll come up with a safari that goes beyond your expectations. Contact Nicci or Laura today to discuss your Signature Safari.

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