Bushlife Safaris - Ruwesi Canoe Trails & Chitake Camp

Mana Pools

Bushlife Safaris operate mobile tented canoe safaris on the Zambezi River and a tented camp at Chitake Spring in southern Mana Pools.  

These are offered as more adventurous alternatives (or add-ons) for guests staying at Vundu Camp or Little Vundu Tented Camp.

Ruwesi Canoe Trails is a mobile canoe safari offering three to four nights down the Zambezi River.  Canoeing is a unique experience and allows a different perspective when game viewing. 

With canoe safaris running between April and November, we offer five 3mx3m walk in tents each with en-suite bucket shower and flush loo.  Guests will enjoy wonderful overnight stays at Little Vundu, Chesa and Ilala campsites.  Whilst canoeing we have a team of men setting up camp so they are ready when guests arrive each afternoon (anytime between 4pm and 6pm). 

The days of canoeing are broken up by guided walks and game drives with your professional guide, so that guests get the opportunity to see a little of the inside of the park.  However a combination of a few nights at Vundu either before or after a canoe safaris is a great way to experience the variety of that Mana Pools has to offer.

Chitake Mobile Tented Camp is offered on request.  Chitake Spring is located at the foot of the Southern Zambezi escarpment, where the valley floor climbs the mountains to join the plateau of the Highveld.

Chitake is particularly active in the months of July through to November, when all the water dries up on the valley floor and the animals congregate around the spring as the only source of water.  Huge herds of buffalo pour in late in the afternoon and as a result lions are prolific in the area.   We use the same tents as the Ruwesi Canoe Trail, but the tents stay under the shade of a tree for the duration of the stay, on average three nights.

Mornings are spent walking the foothills searching for game, and afternoons at the spring provide some spectacular game viewing.  This is a true wilderness experience.  We do not use vehicles so everything is done on foot.

Ruwesi Canoe Trails and Chitake Tented Camp are part of the Bushlife Safaris portfolio which includes Vundu Camp and Little Vundu

Underlying all of these operations is the Bushlife Support Unit, newly created to unite operators, guides and conservation groups in Mana Pools to work with the authorities in stopping the poaching of wildlife and protecting this wonderful National Park and World Heritage Site for future generations.


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