Bushlife Safaris - Chitake Camp

Mana Pools

Enjoy the most spectacular walking safari in the wild and contrasting exclusive-use Chitake area, close to the Chitake Spring. This area is famous for its fantastic and diverse wildlife where you can almost be guaranteed of amazing close up encounters with animals.  There is a constant flow of animals drinking as the spring is the only water source during the dry season – expect to see herds of buffalo numbering in their hundreds.

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Bushlife Safaris - Chitake Camp

At the foot of the Southern Zambezi escarpment is the rugged and exclusive-use Chitake Mobile Camp. It is 1.5hours drive from Mana Main airstrip. A stay at Chitake would involve a night or two at the start or finish at Vundu or Little Vundu Camp.

Access into Mana Pools is either via charter flight to Mana Pools Main airstrip from Victoria Falls, Harare or one of the other parts of Zimbabwe, or a scheduled road transfer from Harare or boat transfer from Chirundu. 


The accommodation consists of 3m x 3m Meru style tents. A maximum of 6 tents can be set up. Tent features include:

Steel single beds with comfortable mattress on a wooden base
En-suite open air bathroom with bucket shower and flush toilets 
Paraffin lamps 

Opening air dining around a campfire

There is no driving at Chitake and mornings are spent on incredible nature walks around the Chitake foothills where the search is on for spotting the first animal and afternoons can bring you much excitement as you watch the spectacular game come down to drink for hours on end from the vantage point of a nearby cliff. Chitake Mobile Camp is particularly well suited to photographic safaris.

Children 16 years and older are welcome at Chitake Camp

Chitake Camp operates from 1st May - 30th November

Bushlife Safaris is actively involved in wildlife conservation in Mana Pools, and community engagement through Bushlife Conservancy and Bushlife Support Unit.

Bushlife Conservancy is their funding partner, which is based in the USA, and Bushlife Support Unit is their boots on the ground anti-poaching team. Over the last year, their focus has been on collaring the iconic elephants, and the Large Carnivore Project with Zimparks which also involves collaring. The Bushlife Painted Wolf Conservancy is a branch of Bushlife Support Unit Trust and specialises in the research and conservation of the African Wild Dog. Nick Murray was the lead guide for the Painted Wolf episode of the global BBC Earth Dynasties series narrated by Sir David Attenborough, which brought much-needed attention to the plight of this endangered species.

To see further details please visit this link 

Lighting is with paraffin lamps and the showers are solar
There is no WIFI at the camp

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