Kavinga Safari Camp is a brand new tourism facility, situated in a private concession area, in the southern part of Mana Pools National Park, approximately one kilometre upstream of the confluence of the Ruckomechi and Chiwuye rivers. The camp is set on a cliff overlooking the magnificent Ruckomechi riverbed set against the extraordinary backdrop of the Zambezi Escarpment mountains. Just below is a wildlife-frequented pan with a carefully-disguised viewing "Hide" at its edge, allowing incredible close-up photographic opportunities.
Just opened in May 2016, Kavinga Safari Camp consists of five comfortable raised lodges, built on the edge of the cliff, facing east, with a view of the rising sun above the magnificent Zambezi Valley floor. Each lodge unit has been designed with an emphasis on privacy and is surrounded by insect repellent gauze allowing the air to circulate contributing to maximum coolness. Inside are two comfortable beds in flexible arrangements to cater for everyone's needs, and en-suite bathroom facilities. A verandah approximately two metres in length, falls in line with the edge of the cliff, in front of each lodge, giving a feeling of infinite space.
The central dining and lounge area have a spacious deck protruding approximately 5 metres out from the cliff edge, providing a magnificent view across the dry riverbed and to the pan below.
Approximately nine kilometres from the lodge is the renowned Chitake Spring, which has a legendary reputation for superb game viewing and predators. The herds of buffalo and other animals that drink at the Chitake Spring through the dryer months also visit Kavinga, as there is another Spring in the Ruckomechi River below the camp. Most evenings, herds of elephant gather in the riverbed providing a wonderful wildlife spectacle and shyer species, like leopard, visit the pan right below the camp under the cover of darkness.
Our professional guides have accumulated a vast amount of knowledge about the movements of the various species in the area. This has enabled them to allow incredible photographic opportunities so that guests can capture those sought-after once-in-a-lifetime shots.
If it's adventure you seek, be it walking, tracking, exploring the hills and river systems, studying the birds or just relaxing in camp taking in the view, Kavinga Safari Camp will offer you that "Unique Experience in an Untouched Wilderness".
Access to the camp is either by air or road. The area has its own airstrip, situated approximately five kilometres from the camp, so one can enjoy a game drive whilst en route to the lodge.