Taking a safari along Africa’s fourth-longest river yields memorable moments
This peaceful lake that rests downriver offers lodging and boat touring options though Musango Safari Camp in Zimbabwe’s Matusadona National Park. Headed by a former game warden and safari guide, the camp is rustic but welcoming, with tented rooms and a veranda bar where guests can spy hippos, crocodiles, malachite kingfishers, and goliath herons. Cruising the lake on an open pontoon boat will get you up-close-and-personal with elephants, Cape buffalo, waterbucks, storks, and eagles.
A quick plane ride downriver from Musango is Mana Pools National Park, where the riverfront Ruckomechi Camp leads game drives and canoe trips. Picturesquely nestled among acacia and mahogany trees with the Great Rift Valley mountains in the distance and front-row seats to the hippos and crocodiles walking the river’s edge, you may not be compelled to move – especially with a drink in hand. Missing a sunset canoe ride to see a family of elephants taking their evening bath would be a shame though.