Reviews of Zambezi Expeditions
Wildlife sightings and reviews
10 independent comments and wildlife information from our travellers who have visited Zambezi Expeditions and kindly agreed to share their thoughts. They do not necessarily represent the views of Expert Africa
"Zambezi Expeditions [11-2019]"
Facilities: Located directly at the the Zambesi river, the landscape is breathtaking overlooking the river and the Sambian mountain side of the steep northern Zambezi Escarpment (the southern Escarpment on the Zimbabwe side is much gentler with a rather large area where wildlife has more space to roam). The camp provides a „glamping“ feeling – while everything is located within tents that will be removed at the end of the season, nothing is lacking including readily filled bucket showers and flush toilets. This allows the camp to really melt into the surrounding nature. For us, it started immediately as we had to wait for a crossing elephant group before we could get from the main to our tent. While relaxing in main area or in front of tent, there is always something going on (from catching a foto of a pygmy kingfisher in the branches in front of our tent to grazing/drinking animals).
Service: The camp host was Michelle, who was attentive and helpful (enabled us to use emergency WIFI for a family problem at home) and provided during family style dining interesting discussions about the changing face of the Zimbabwian society in modern times. Pre-dinner drinks and partly food were taken at a bush fire, good food.
Experience: Due to the 2019 drought, all of the pools were dried up, however, due to Zambesi river animal were still doing better than compared to Hwange (fewer dead elephants). A great place for game drives as the open areas beside the river can be overviewed nicely with a clear long-range view. Specific sightings: Unique elefant behaviour (standing up or climbing tree stems with forefeet to reach lower branches), close and extensive Eland sightings (rare elsewhere), Nile waran sitting in tree hole, excellent birding (Lilian lovebirds, African hoopoe, woodland kingfisher, as well as river birds such as fish eagle or different storks/herons). TK was one of the buest guides we ever had due to his entertaining, knowledegable and talkative nature.
Overall: Mana pools is one of the best places for safaris in Africa combining an excellent touristic infrastruture (while avoiding overtourism) with abundant wildlife and an eye-catching landscape. A bit more basic camp for those who want to go „glamping“ but will lack no comfort completely surrounded by nature. Camp is in a great location within Mana Pools park. Ask for TK, he is one of the best guides we ever had." See all these reviews: 9n in Zimbabwe
"Great experience at Zambezi Expeditions"
"Simple but perfect"
The tents are not luxurious but are clean and very comfortable, looking out over the Zambezi River to the hills of Zambia beyond. Outside en-suite facilities include perfectly acceptable bucket showers and heated water in the mornings or when you want it. To lie in bed listening to the sound of hippos and other camp visitors at night is the archetypal African experience and this is the place to do it (Africa as it used to be).
Without doubt it is the staff, however, who turn this camp from good to brilliant. It was like staying with friends for 3 nights and we wish we could have stayed longer. Every single person in camp was a delight and a credit to African Bush Camps." See all these reviews: 9n in Zimbabwe
"Zambezi Expeditions review"
In all; very highly recommended and a shame we had to leave." See all these reviews: 7n in Zimbabwe
"Wonderful down to earth Zambezi Expeditions"
It was quite hot when we visited (although we understand it will get hotter). A fan in the room is the only suggestion we have for improvement.
We were driven to the camp by Guide TK (then Cloud was our wonderful guide for the duration of our stay) and met by the staff singing and dancing. Wow! Camp Host Dophas was a warm and congenial man ("down to earth" was his description of the camp) and we enjoyed the conversations around the fire. All the staff were great. They tried to help me with my Shona pronunciations, Ndatenda!
We found the meals here were the best of our 3 camps. Lunches were self serve, some dinners were plated. Especially loved the tilapia bream plate one night and the oxtail stew on the traditional night. Veggies always cooked perfectly, good salads, lovely desserts. All good!
Mana Pools was a bit busier than Hwange NP in that we saw vehicles from other camps more frequently, and many self drivers. But this did not really detract from the experience, it's just worth noting. Certainly, if anyone had a sighting, they passed on the information to other drivers.
We noticed a difference in the sightings from Hwange as well: animals seemed to be sighted as individuals or in small groups. We did not see many larger groups of animals. Although we were lucky to see a pack of wild dogs twice (a group of 9 including pups). Among our other sightings were many eland, cape buffalo, of course many elephants, hippos, 2 male lions, and zebras.
On our last morning, we were given a takeaway lunch as we left, which was much appreciated.
Thank you to Cloud and Dophas especially, also Peter, TK, Sebastian and all of the wonderful staff. Apologies for forgetting or misspelling some names. Dophas: you did indeed exceed expectations." See all these reviews: 11n in Zimbabwe
"Fabulous spot on the river"
"Zambezi Life Styles review"
Although the tents were not as luxurious as Somalisa they were still comfortable and had all we needed.
Again all the staff were friendly and as we were the only ones in the camp they were very attentive.
Considering the Chef was cooking on open fires the food was incredible.
Our guide, Lovemore, took us on a couple of walking safaris which was an experience in itself. On one walk we came across a lioness on a buffalo kill which took all of us by surprise, especially as it turned out she was part of a pride of eight lions.
This was a wonderful experience being by the Zambezi River with all the wildlife around us." See all these reviews: 10n in Zimbabwe
"Great Safari with Zambezi Life Styles"
The camp staff are excellent, and the Game drives & walks led by the amazing Lovemore were fantastic.
We had Elephants in camp during the day and Lions in camp at night, along with the occasional Hyaena.
All this and canoeing on the Zambezi River....Wonderful" See all these reviews: 12n in Zimbabwe
"The best of all!!!"
Alone ( with the staff) at the camp, with hyenas, lions, elephants, hippos, buffalos... during the night, ang we just stay into the room and listen to them! The game drive, with some walks, at last, but so fantastic. Chasing the buffalos walking, approach lions or elephants... Waht a special feeling! The camp is in a beautiful location, the shower so nice and the "chef" is simply fantastic. How can he cook such delicious meals in this conditions, it seems not to be possible.
For me one of the best camp of Africa." See all these reviews: 12n in Zimbabwe
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