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Nestled amongst a canopy of Trichilia and mahogany trees in Mana Pools National Park, on the bank of the magnificent Zambezi River, is the small and secluded John’s Camp.

The camp consists of five meru-style tents, with en suite bathroom facilities (flushing toilet and safari-style bucket shower). Inside the tents is a lit changing area, complete with a wash basin with running water. With privacy in mind, each tent has been spaced out along the floodplain. 

For the more adventurous, guests can opt to sleep outside on a platform under the starry African sky.  Communal areas, such as the dining area, are located centrally between the tents, and feature a campfire, which becomes a relaxing spot for evening cocktails. 

John’s Camp is positioned in Africa’s only walking national park, which provides countless opportunities for guests to immerse themselves in the surrounding nature. Guests can walk amidst giant African bull elephants, have dinner against a backdrop of herds of buffalo, amble upon prides of lion and enjoy sundowners while watching the hippos along the river bank. Aside from the diverse number of mammals, birdwatchers can enjoy over 400 species of bird including African skimmer and Pel’s fishing owl. When not on foot, guests can enjoy wildlife safaris in spacious vehicles, enjoy a bush lunch either at the lodge or in a remote spot, enjoy a spot of fishing, or alternatively take a parks and village tour accompanied by local rangers who work tirelessly to protect the park and its wildlife. 

Key info

This accommodation is located in:

Mana Pools National Park

This UNESCO World Heritage Site beside the Zambezi has fine views towards Zambia’s Lower Zambezi and the Rift Valley escarpment. Its woodland and open plains contain a huge variety of wildlife, including large herds of elephant. It is famed for walking and canoe safaris, and offers a secluded experience.

  • Where: Mashonaland West Province
  • Ideal for viewing: Cape buffalo, African elephant, lion, Nile crocodile, roan
  • Excellent for: Walking safaris, Vehicle safaris, River safaris