Kanga is led by Beks and Sophia’s belief that guiding and hosting are key to ensuring a memorable stay in Safari Africa. All guides are knowledgeable and experienced – and keen to share their expertise whether on vehicle or walking safari. Their friendliness is complemented by the warmth of staff back at the camp, making for a lovely ‘home from home’ feel.
ACCESS & LOCATION:
The camp is situated in Kanga Pan, within a remote western region of Mana Pools, and is approximately 15km from the Zambezi River. It is a short distance from the Ruckomechi River and Chitake Springs.
ACCOMMODATION & FACILITIES:
Kanga’s main lodge consists of a sequence of wooden platforms on separate levels and under a sturdy canvas roof. The upper level houses a lounge area and bar with plenty of comfortable seating and a few books. On the lower level, there is a dining area with a large table and a fire-pit with plenty of camp chairs. This platform extends over the edge of Kanga Pan to incorporate a deck offering amazing views of the Pan including a busy waterhole. There is also a plunge pool and a few sunloungers – a perfect place to relax and watch passing game!
The guest accommodation at Kanga comprises six spacious tents, also raised above the ground. These are constructed from timber and have canvas walls and roofs. The standard tents contain either twin beds or one double bed, while the two honeymoon tents include two day beds allowing for the tent to accommodate families. Every tent has plenty of shelving, a hanging rail, and en-suite facilities including outdoor shower. The honeymoon tent has a freestanding bathtub within a secluded annexe and the family unit benefits from an additional private outdoor shower, seating area and balcony boasting breathtaking vistas across the Pan.
Due to its status as the only source of water during the dry season in this remote area of Mana Pools, Kanga Pan is incredibly popular with wildlife – so the Camp is able to offer game drives and game walks of an exceptionally high standard. Additionally, impressive concentrations of wildlife at the Pan means that guests do not have to leave camp to enjoy fantastic sightings – this is what the Camp calls 'armchair safari'! Lion, leopard, elephant, buffalo all roam the river systems, mixed woodlands and forests, while keen birdwatchers delight in spotting over 350 species of bird! The Camp has permission for night drives too, when such animals as hyena, civet, porcupine and even honey badger come out to play.
The floodplains of the Zambezi are just an hour’s drive from camp and play host to exciting canoeing and fishing excursions. Guests might like to consider combining a stay at Kanga with its sister property Zambezi Expeditions, located on the banks of the river. Finally, Kanga Under the Stars has four sleeping platforms about 1km from main camp, enabling guests to spend a night under the stars and surrounded by the sounds of the bush. This experience includes a three-course dinner around a camp fire and breakfast the following morning – highly recommended!