A new focus on the Africa of old
John's Camp is a semi-permanent tented camp situated within Mana Pools on Zimbabwe’s northern border with Zambia, where the Zambezi River forms a natural boundary. Declared a World Heritage Site in 1984, Mana Pools National Park is one of the most beautiful game reserves in Africa and offers some of the most outstanding walking in Zimbabwe. The camp is named after Zimbabwean-born John Stevens - an esteemed safari guide held as a legend among his peers.
Although newly built, John’s Camp takes guests back to a time when travel through Africa was intimate, authentic and uncomplicated in its comfort. Ten guests are accommodated in just five Meru style canvas tents, each with en-suite bathroom facilities, running water and an overhanging safari-style bucket shower. The tents are generously spaced along the floodplain adjacent to the Zambezi River to allow for quiet privacy and beautiful, secluded views. The main dining area is centrally located and positioned in thick shade for cool, unhurried lunches while the campfire overlooking the floodplain is the perfect spot for evening cocktails.
Mana Pools is the only National Park in the world where you are allowed to freely walk with the wild animals and the game here is fantastic with 4 of the big 5 (excluding rhino) present aswell as plenty of plains game and prolific birdlife. All walks are lead by professional, armed and licensed Guides who are endlessly passionate and infinitely knowledgeable. Game drives are conducted in Toyota Landcruisers with a window seat available to everyone whilst fishing for African Tiger Fish and Tilapia (bream) is the perfect way to spend an afternoon on the water. Those interested in grass roots conservation will enjoy a private tour of the National Park Headquarters where you will have the opportunity to meet the rangers working tirelessly to protect and maintain not only wildlife, but also the park itself. For the truly adventurous a night under the stars sleeping in a 'mozzi dome' tent, away from the main camp, or under the wild and magical African skies on the camp's rustic platform is hard to beat.
John’s camp brings the traditional values and romance of a bygone era right into the modern day, delivering an outstanding safari experience.
Why we like it
Africa on foot
New camp, old values
Fantastic game and birdlife
Lazy days spent on the river