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We’ve compiled a list of some of the most frequently asked questions to help when you are planning a safari. However, we are more than welcome to answer any others you might have so please just get in touch

When is the best time to visit the painted wolves?

Nick Murray, the owner of Bushlife Safaris, was the lead guide on the Dynasties Painted Wolf series and solely guided Sir David Attenborough for the episode - so you've come to the right camp!

Mating season is normally at the beginning of April

Painted wolves den and have their litters doing our early season in May and June

From July the pups start to come out of the dens - be sure to read how you can walk with the painted wolves yourself.

Do the camps have Wifi?

Yes we do have in the main lounge at Vundu Camp and Little Vundu Camp, but not at Chitake. 

How do you travel to camp by air?

Our camps can be reached by air charter, either from Harare to Mana Pools, or Victoria Falls to Mana Pools. Bushlife Safaris can organise your charters, or guests can organise directly. We recommend these reputable companies: AltairSafari Logistics and Wilderness Air.

There are two airstrips in Mana Pools: Mana West and Mana Pools.

Time to drive to camp from the Mana West airstrip

Vundu Camp : 30mins drive
Little Vundu: 20mins
Ruwesi Canoe Trail: Arrive there for start of canoe trip

Time to drive to camp from the Mana Main airstrip:

Vundu Camp : 1 hour
Little Vundu: 1hr30mins
Ruwesi Canoe Trail: Depart from the airstrip after trip
Chitake Mobile Camp: 1hr30mins

How do you travel to camp by road?

There are two options to drive into camp. You can drive to Chirundu either from Harare, or Lusaka and we will pick you up in a boat from there. You can also self-drive into the camps, directions below:

  1. From Harare,  head North towards Chirundu – Zambia. You go through two toll roads.
  2. It is about 15km from Makuti to Marongora National Parks office. On the left you will see a National Parks Building called Marongora. You need to collect an entry permit; your campsite will be Vundu Camp. You do not pay anything here.
  3. Once you have your permit, go left and carry on towards Chirundu, when you get to the bottom of the hills, about 200m on the right is a dirt road with a boom. Show your permit there.
  4. It is 32km of very bad road it will take you 1h / 1:30 hours. You will come to another boom show the permit again, turn left.
  5. Travel for about 60km and follow the signs to the Nyamepi Office. This is the National Parks Office you will need to pay entry for your vehicle.
  6. Come back out of the office and turn right. It is about 22 km to Vundu Camp (on your right) there is a big sign out front AND a big green sign just off the road. It will take you about 1 hour.
  7. From Harare to Vundu camp we estimate it will take you about 7 hours. It is a good idea to fill up in Makuti. Please be aware that they will not let people through Marongora after 3:30pm.

Should I take anti-malarials.

We do recommend taking prophylactics as it is a malaria area, but please consult your physician before travelling. We recommend packing cool long sleeved shirts and trousers to wear in the evenings to protect against mosquitos and we supply bug spray in the rooms.

Do you cater for vegans/halaal/kosher requirements?

Yes, we do – please let us know prior to travel your dietary preferences so we can plan accordingly.

Do you have mosquito nets?

Yes we do. 

What plug points do you have?

We have the same 3 point square plugs as Britain and the UK. It is advisable to bring a universal adaptor when you visit.

Is Zimbabwe safe to visit?

Yes, Zimbabwe is a very safe destination for tourists to visit. Although there has been political unrest in the past, there is now a stable government and the crime rate, in general, is very low. The people of Zimbabwe are known for their incredible hospitality and will go out of their way to ensure you have a wonderful stay.

What is Zimbabwe's currency?

The official currency in Zimbabwe is the Zimbabwean dollar. Tourists may bring in US dollars which can be exchanged at registered bureau de changes for the local currency. Some retail outlets have international Visa and Master Card points for purchases in stores. We recommend that international guests bring in small denominations of USD and credit cards. There are limited ATM facilities in Zimbabwe.