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Kavinga Safari Camp

Kavinga Safari Camp sits on a wide bend in the Ruckomechi River on the southern edge of Mana Pools National Park.

Unlike the majority of camps in Mana Pools, Kavinga Safari Camp is located far from the Zambezi River, in a remote and exclusive wilderness area. The camp is set against the backdrop of the Zambezi Escarpment and overlooks the dry Ruckomechi riverbed. Whilst game drives and walking safaris are possible from camp, the real highlight of the camp is a pumped waterhole which is the only source of water for many miles around and attracts huge quantities of game and birdlife during the dry season. The camp is set on cliffs overlooking the water hole, whilst a sunken hide disguised as a termite mound overlooks the waterhole at eye level and offers superb close encounters with both big game and birds. Towards the end of the dry season, it is not uncommon to see lion, leopard, wild dogs, buffalo and elephant visiting the water hole on a daily basis. Visiting Kavinga is ideal for those looking for a more relaxed couple of days with a focus on the water hole experience, and it makes a good combination with a camp on the river.


The camp is built on high cliffs overlooking the water hole. There are seven accommodation tents, each built onto raised decks. Each tent has an en suite bathroom at the rear…


Mana Pools National Park, a World Heritage Site, is a beautiful wilderness area, in northern Zimbabwe where the floodplains of the mighty Zambezi, wooded with acacia and mahogany trees…


Children aged 10 years are welcome (younger children are accepted if the camp is booked exclusively; note 14 years is the minimum age for walking), but with no dedicated family tent…

Conservation & community

Kavinga Safari Camp offers logistical and practical support to Zimbabwe Parks’ anti-poaching units and was instrumental in constructing their Zuvaru rangers’ camp…

LocationMana Pools National Park
AccessScheduled or Charter flight to Ruckomechi Airstrip (20 minute drive from camp)
OpenApril to November
Camp StyleTented Camp
FocusInland experience of Mana Pools / Waterhole wildlife viewing / Big game / Photography / Walking safaris
Children10 years +
ActivitiesGame drives (day and night) / Walking safaris / Birding / Hide viewing
Maximum Guests on Vehicle6
Private Vehicle OptionsYes
Off-road DrivingNo
Number of Rooms7 tents
Family AccommodationNo
BathroomPlumbed basin / Plumbed shower / Flush toilet
Power for chargingIn room
HairdryerNot possible
Heating/CoolingStanding fans
Room SafeYes
Laundry ServiceComplimentary
Communication in roomRadio and whistle
Mobile ReceptionNo
Dining StyleCommunal
Drinks IncludedHouse drinks only
Credit CardsNot accepted