John's Camp
John's Camp Meru Tents Al fresco dining at John's Camp
John's Camp Meru Tents
Al fresco dining at John's Camp

John's Camp

Mana Pools National Park is situated on the banks of the mighty Zambezi River where you will find John's Camp nestled amongst canopies of Trichelia and Mahogany trees. It is a truly natural wilderness and the only wild walking National Park in Africa. Across the vast floodplain one can walk with the giants - our African Bull elephants, dine amidst herds of buffalo, gaze upon prides of lion, enjoy sundowners with hippos on the banks of the Zambezi River and bird watch over 400 species of birds. The camp comprises of 10 beds, made up of 5 twin or double en-suite Meru style tents, a common dining area and a star gazing sleep-out platform for the more adventurous safari traveller.

Country

Zimbabwe

Highlights

Mana Pools National Park, a World Heritage Site, is perfectly situated in the heart of a natural valley on a unique flood plane, rich and diverse in flora, fauna and wildlife. It is home to 4 of the Big 5 (excluding only Rhino). It’s the only National Park in the world where you are allowed to freely walk with the wild animals and get to experience Africa as it should be - on foot! Being a small camp, with a maximum of 12 guests, means that our excellent guiding team can tailor your safari to suit you, providing a highly personalized experience.

Need to Know

Meals & Drinks
Rate is fully inclusive and a wide selection of soft drinks, beers and extraordinaries upon request e.g. champagne and exquisites.

Dietary requirements
Please let us know of any food allergies or any other special dietary requirements well in advance so we can accommodate you.

Dining
Al fresco under a shady tree or starlight sky.

Electricity & Water
220 volt inverted from 12 volt solar available in the kitchen at all times for charging etc.  Solar lighting in tents. Paraffin and candlelight in the dining area.

Bottled drinking water is provided free of charge.  River water is used for showers, laundry and in the paddling pool.

Payments & Extras
All payments for extras is to be made in cash in US Dollars.

Tipping
Tipping is entirely the guest’s prerogative and only for a job well done. 

The suggestion is USD5 - USD15 per guest per day depending on the size of the group, to be shared between the team. 

Guides can be tipped separately and the suggestion is USD15 – USD20 per day from the group.

Envelopes will be provided in the tents.

Open
From mid-April (rainfall dependent) to 31 November.  High Season 1 July to 31 October.


SafarisSafaris


Game drives
All conducted from Toyota Landcruisers, 9 seater bench arrangements on a 3 tier frame with an overhead shade for comfort, a ‘window’ seat (i.e. two people per row) for everyone.

Walking
All walks are lead by professional, armed and licensed Guides who are passionate and knowledgeable. Fly/Platform Night
Guests can be truly wowed with a night under the stars sleeping in a 'mozzi dome' tent, away from the main camp, or spending an evening under the wild and magical African skies on our rustic platform.


Wildlife HighlightsWildlife Highlights

The 2,196 sq. km. Mana Pools National Park is famed for the fantastic walking safaris, with the abundance of water and greenery attracting large numbers of wildlife to the area. Walking safaris give you the opportunity to see over 350 species of birds, elephant, eland, buffalo, impala, waterbuck, baboons, monkeys, zebra, warthog and hippo, as well as carnivores such as lions, leopards, spotted hyaena and cheetah. Guests can also appreciate the Faidherbia albida woodlands on the old river terraces, giving the area a unique appearance.

Local ActivitiesLocal Activities

Game drives
All conducted from Toyota Landcruisers, 9 seater bench arrangements on a 3 tier frame with an overhead shade for comfort, a ‘window’ seat (i.e. two people per row) for everyone.

Walking
All walks are lead by professional, armed and licensed Guides who are passionate and knowledgeable. Fly/Platform Night
Guests can be truly wowed with a night under the stars sleeping in a 'mozzi dome' tent, away from the main camp, or spending an evening under the wild and magical African skies on our rustic platform.

Bush lunch
Enjoy a delicious meal prepared in the main camp and set up in a remote and beautiful part of the park, overlooking either the Zambezi River, one of the many inland pans, a gully or the majestic floodplain itself.

Fishing
Land based fishing. Catch a variety of species from the great African Tiger Fish to the tasty Tilapia (bream).
All Tiger are strictly catch and release and we have a bag limit of 5 Tilapia per day.

Parks Office and Village Tour
We can arrange a private tour of the National Park Headquarters where guests can interact with the rangers who work tirelessly to protect and maintain not only wildlife, but also the park itself. Here guests will witness first-hand a remote Parks station working in harmony with nature.

FacilitiesFacilities

Flush loo with overhanging bucket shower and full amenities. There is running water basin inside the tent and a canvas hand basin on the verandah.

The dining area is centrally located between the tents, positioned in thick shade, and there is a campfire overlooking the floodplain for evening cocktails and snacks before dinner.

AccommodationAccommodation

5 Meru style canvas tents under a double fly sheet make up the compliment of 10 beds. Each tent has en-suite bathroom facilities with flush loo and overhanging safari-style bucket showers. Inside the tent is a lit changing area complete with a running water basin. With privacy in mind, the tents are generously spaced out along the floodplain adjacent to the Zambezi River. The dining area is centrally located between the tents, positioned in thick shade, and there is a campfire overlooking the floodplain for evening cocktails and snacks before dinner.

SeasonSeason

April, May - chance of rain, warm days (28C), cool nights (15C)

June to August – no rain, cold mornings and evenings/nights (8C), sunny days (26C)

September, October - dry and very hot during the day (35C plus), warm nights (25C)

November to March – hot days (30C plus), warm, balmy nights (23C), high chance of rain and thunderstorms

Average StayAverage Stay

4 nights

Average PriceAverage Room Prices

(per person per night unless otherwise stated)

International average rate:
$740 per person per night
Includes: full board, all game viewing activities (gamedrives and walking), laundry, all drinks available locally, transfers to and from Mana Main and Mana West airstrip
Excludes: Park Fees, French Champagne and premium lables, staff gratuities, transfers in and out of Mana

Children PolicyChild Policy

No children under 12 years unless prior arrangement made with management, or camp is booked on an exclusive basis.

Contact and Social Media

To find out more call us on +44 (0)1865 982290 or email us at enquiries at safariawards.com.

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