Musango Safari Camp

Lake Kariba, Matusadona

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Musango Safari Camp is an exclusive, 16-bed family-run camp, on its own island in Lake Kariba overlooking the Matusadona National Park

Owner, Steve Edwards, has over 45 years of experience, with an intimate knowledge of the bush and the history and wildlife of this area. His wife Wendy is responsible for reservations and assists Steve in running and maintaining the camp.  Their son Graham (a newly-qualified guide) is passionate about nature, is an avid birder and keen photographer, and their daughter Robyn assists with reservations and warmly hosting guests at camp.

Musango offers an abundance of both wild animals and birds with a  large selection of activities available, or the option to simply relax. From guided walking safaris and ‘Big Five’ game drives, to tiger fishing on Lake Kariba, guests can experience the abundant wildlife in a multitude of ways.  Activities are fun, informal and operated by trained and experienced guides.  Children are welcome.

Capture the essence and ambiance that wild Kariba is so famous for: breath taking bush and lake scenery, unforgettable photographic opportunities, wildlife experiences second to none, involvement in wildlife research projects, village school tours, unbeatable fishing opportunities, day sailing trips and specialist birding trips with nearly 400 species recorded!  

Gain fascinating insights into the local history, geology, archaeology and palaeontology.  Visit early Stone Age tool quarries, or go on a dinosaur fossil hunt with Steve, who is an expert on the subject.  He has recently discovered the fossil remains of a  dinosaur called a Phytosaurus. This is the only specimen of its kind in Africa south of the Sahara and can be seen at Musango!  

The camp is accessible from Victoria Falls, Harare or Kariba via light-aircraft charter into Bumi Hills airstrip, via lake transfers by speedboat from Kariba, and, for the more adventurous, by 4x4 along the backroads.


Related links:-

Tourism and Conservation - hand in hand  (Travel Blog March 2021)

Green Season Splendour (Feature Blog - Jan 2021)

Celebrating a special occasion in the wild  (Travel Blog Oct 2020)

What's UNIQUE about us?  (Feature Blog - Aug 2020)

Tales Around the Campfire (Feature Blog June 2020)

The Wild Zambezi Culinary Collection (Feature Blog May 2020)

First fossils of crocodile-like phytosaurs from Southern Africa discovered at Lake Kariba (News March 2020)

Family holidays on Lake Kariba at Musango Safari Camp  (Blog Oct 2019)

Rod and Reel - fishing on Lake Kariba (Travel Blog Oct 2019)

Musango Island - magical for friends or family  (Travel Blog May 2018)

Quick collaborative action averts an ecological disaster near Bumi Hills, Lake Kariba (May 2018)

Where dinosaurs roamed: the Matusadona reveals its fossil treasures  (April 2017)

Big Game: hunting for dinosaurs in Zimbabwe's wilderness - Nov 2015

Reviews 8

Peter, Germany 7 June 2023
It's a piece of paradise. Thanks to Steve and Wendy and all the friendly staff. I hope next time I will stay for a much longer time. Came here in my 61-year-old Land Rover and it was more than worth the long journey. Thanks again for the exceptional experience.
Scotty and Kirsty, Zim & Australia 25 April 2023
Thank you so much for such a special week – Graham + the Edwards family for hosting us! All our adventures and fishing trips we will hold the memories dear forever – all of the staff, rooms and food exceeded expectations! Cannot wait to be back again soon, hopefully with our family from Australia. Graham's knowledge of the wildlife and flora was exceptional!! We learnt so much, he went above and beyond to make sure we were looked after at every need!!
David & Alex, Scotland 7 March 2023
We waited 3 years with Covid to get here – and wasn't it worth the wait. We knew it would be a special place and it was simply quite magical. What a wonderful start to our African adventure. We've loved every minute of our stay. Thank you for looking after us so well and the warm welcome. We'd love to come back!
Dan & Lee, UK 8 February 2023
Thank you for giving us our African fix. Loved every minute. The game drives and fishing – EXCELLENT!! The food beyond delicious! The staff fantastic & attentive. That lion will forever be in my memory bank!! We will be back! Dan would also like to say thanks for the 4000 photos taken!!
Natasha A, USA 11 January 2017
A PERFECT SPOT IN THE ZIMBABWEAN BUSH. We were looking for a spot to spend Christmas in Africa and Musango turned out to be the perfect away from home. Steve, Wendy, and their children are lovely people who truly love Zimbabwe and know the area like no other. Instead of snow we spent the holiday looking for lions, watching elephants take a mud bath, and having sundowners on Lake Kariba. We were self-drivers and the trip from Vic Falls takes about 10 hours through the bush – this drive let us see the part of Zimbabwe that most don't and was a great adventure (4×4 only). Once we arrived we were treated to delicious food and surrounded by warm people. Can't wait to return one day.
Mike Graham, Hermanus, South Africa 4 January 2017
ONE DOESN'T GO EVERY YEAR IF YOU DO NOT LOVE THE PLACE. Steve and Wendy, as private owners, operate the camp as it should be. It is a safari camp so do not expect luxury silk sheets, wifi and a spa. The rooms are comfortable and of adequate size. Rooms 7 and 8 have a plunge pool. All the rooms face the rising sun. Wake up is 0500 if you want to do activities. Brunch around 1130-1200, afternoon tea at 1530 and dinner around 2000. Dining is Al Fresco unless weather has a say in which case it is in the dining area. The lounge area is situated so that the breeze blows through. No glass windows and doors here! Wendy and the chef produce great food from a very varied menu. Local fish are very tasty. Steve is a great guide and very knowledgeable. He is very proud of his fossil sites dating back 200 Million years. A trip to the fishing village is very educational otherwise game drives, boat cruises and fishing. A bush walk is also available. We spent 10 days there and loved every minute. You won't be disappointed and if you just want to chill out then this is the place. The staff have been there years and are like second family now. A must visit as this sort of place is rare.
Joanna D 20 December 2016
WORDS CAN'T DESCRIBE THIS VERY SPECIAL PLACE. Not only were Steve and Wendy the most amazing hosts but all the staff are wonderful – warm, welcoming, extremely knowledgeable and a pleasure to be with and the food was absolutely delicious. This is our third time to visit Musango over a 15-year period and the first time for our 3 boys who had a wonderful time – fishing, game viewing, swimming, star gazing and looking for scorpions at night …. they won't ever forget their time spent here. We were lucky to see lion and spent an entire game drive following and watching them – very special. Steve is so knowledgeable and such fun to be with – we're saving for our next trip. Thanks again to all the staff – we'll be back.
Sally Wynn-Pitman, Zimbabwe 21 November 2014
This classic safari camp owes its long-standing and excellent reputation to the entertaining personality of its owner, Steve Edwards, who has been in the business for longer than he likes to remember! It's a delightful, comfortable and intimate little camp with a wonderful "tropical island" feel about it. You won't believe how much fascinating information you will learn about Kariba, its birdlife, its wildlife and its history from Steve. The resident bushbuck are a great draw for kids who are welcome at the camp, and can enjoy this bush environment in relative safety.
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