John's Camp

John's Camp: Our full report

5 tents
Traveller's rating
Excellent (100%) From 1 review
01 Apr - 31 Nov

Named after renowned safari guide John Stevens, John's Camp is the newest camp in Zimbabwe's Mana Pools National Park, due for opening in April 2017. As a semi-permanent property, John's Camp's five meru style tents will be set up at the beginning of each safari season in one of the national park's campsites along the banks of the Zambezi River, where they will stay until the end of the season in November.

John's Camp is the latest property from veteran safari operator Robin Pope Safaris, and although we haven't yet had a chance to visit this camp, we have many years experience with Robin Pope's other properties in Zambia and Malawi. From John's Camp we are expecting simple accommodation in an adventurous setting, but with top service and incredible guiding.

With only five meru style canvas tents, John's Camp will aim to keep a small and personal feeling to the property. Although simple, the tents will still have en-suite bathroom facilities with flush toilets and hanging bucket showers. The open-sided main area is designed to maintain the simple, authentic safari feeling of the property, with a focus on meals under the stars and evening drinks around the camp fire instead of king-sized beds and swimming pools.

In addition to game drives in the Mana Pools area, a range of other activities will be available at John's Camp, all led by professional licensed guides. Walking safaris will be possible in the park, and given Robin Pope Safaris' long history of walking safaris in the South Luangwa National Park, and the relaxed nature of the wildlife in Mana Pools, we expect these walks to be an incredible way to explore the area and encounter both small and large wildlife on foot. For really adventurous travellers it will also be possible to fly-camp in dome tents deeper into the bush.

Land based fishing will be possible, with a daily bag limit for edible tilapia, and a catch-and-release basis for the prized tiger fish.

Our view

We pride ourselves in keeping up to date with all of Zimbabwe's camps, new and old, in order to give you an impartial opinion based on personal experience. While we haven't had a chance to visit John's Camp yet, based on our previous experiences at its sister camps in Zambia and Malawi, combined with our previous visits to this area in Mana Pools, we are expecting an adventurous camp offering an incredible safari experience.


Location: Mana Pools National Park, Zimbabwe

Directions: Fly from either Victoria Falls (one hour thirty minutes) or Harare (one hour) into Mana Pools, where a guide will meet you and drive you through the park to the camp.

Accessible by: Fly-and-Transfer

Key personnel

Owner: Robin Pope Safaris


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