Situated right on the banks of the Zambezi opposite Mana Pools National Park in Zimbabwe, on the 4,000 ha. property known as the ‘Zambezia Private Game Reserve’, this is a facility unlike any other on the river. The Reserve is surrounded by the Chiawa Game Management Area, a massive wilderness area presently leased to Royal Zambezi Willdife with whom the management of ‘Zambezia’ are working closely in ongoing conservation programmes.
Facing east it commands a spectacular view of the river, flood plain and the rugged mountains of the Zambezi escarpment which provide a magnificent backdrop. Barely a hundred metres away is a pan that attracts a constant flow of game and birds.
The property is home to a large elephant and buffalo population and lion are frequent visitors. Leopard are a permanent presence and there is an abundance of antelope and other species of wildlife. Puku have been re-introduced to the property. The game viewing is of a high standard and years of strenuous protection measures have seen most of the resident species tame down considerably. Being on the river hippo and crocodile are always on view.
The camp is situated on the lower Zambezi River in the Republic of Zambia.
The exact position is:
S 15” 46
E 29” 11
From the Chirundu border post it is approximately 60 km downstream i.e. east.
Animals that may be encountered on or near the property:
Elephant, Zebra, Bushbuck, Klipspringer, Baboon, Duiker, Grysbok, Ververt monkey, Simango monkey, Buffalo, Waterbuck, Hippo, Crocodile, Lion, Leopard, Serval, Genet, Puku, Impala, Civet cat, Porcupine, Hyena, Kudu, Warthog.
The property also boasts a splendid variety of bird life – some 350 species.
The actual house is breezy, spacious, fully equipped and staffed, and beautifully furnished. On either wing there is a large master bedroom adjacent to smaller double rooms, all en-suite with large dressing rooms in the two master bedrooms. In the centre is a dining/sitting area adjacent to a well-appointed kitchen which leads on to a porch that runs the length of the front of the house. A deck abuts the centre providing a breezy platform close to the swimming pool.
The house is equipped with both gas and generator-powered refrigeration while the lighting is solar powered. There is no ‘mains’ electricity supply but a generator provides supplementary power when required.. The stove and oven is gas operated. Ice is available year round. There is a vegetable garden on the property with fresh produce available virtually throughout the year.
Radio contact is maintained with Lusaka and an e mail facility is in place via VHF radio.
‘MARS’ medical packs are available at the house and a facility for emergency evacuation to Lusaka is in place however it is suggested visitors make arrangements in advance for additional services such as evacuation to South Africa.
The Lower Zambezi National Park is an hour drive away and offers excellent opportunities to see lion. Entry is subject to an entry fee of $20 per person.
Game viewing activities on the private reserve have to be conducted in a company vehicle accompanied by a company driver.
Game walks have to be in the company of a scout/guide.
Boats are supplied with boatmen familiar with the river. Fuel and oil used will attract an extra charge.
By prior arrangement the Bush School can be activated for those of any age who wish to participate in a learning exercise.
The house, staffed and equipped rents out for $650 per night.
Where catering is required this attracts an extra charge of $35 pppd. Alcohol and aerated drinks are not included in this rate.
Boat hire is $120 per day plus fuel and oil.
Game drives on the property are $20 pp.
* All prices in US $.
Malaria is a health risk and precautions before, during and after a stay should be taken. Particular attention should be paid to the evenings when application of protective repellent is strongly recommended, thereafter the mosquito nets provided must be utilised.
The camp is regularly visited by elephant and hippo and it is not fenced so caution particularly at night should be exercised.
The fishing months (September – December) are the hottest so protection should be taken against sunburn.