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Changa Safari Camp

North West Zimbabwe

Rating: Mid-range    

Changa Safari Camp overview

In a beautiful setting by the shore of Lake Kariba, Changa Safari Camp offers days filled with game drives, walking safaris, boat trips and bird watching that will appeal to any nature lover. Activities are timed to coincide with cooler times of day, early monring and late afternoon, when wildlife is more active, leaving the hotter hours free for you to relax in camp. On your return each evening there are sundowner drinks by the firepit beside the lake, as you mull over the day's events and look forward to dinner.

The tented suites are arranged along the side of the lake. They are spacious and include 2 family tents. Large gauze windows admint plenty of light along with the lakeside breeze, and there are fans to help keep the interior cool in warm weather. Flaps can be fastened over the windows for a cosy feel after dark. Each tent has an indoor bathroom with twin hand basins, a separate toilet and, continuing through the tent there's an open air bath and shower, screened for privacy. At the front of each tent there's a veranda facing Lake Kariba. Wooden walkways link the tents with the central area.   

The rim flow pool is hard to resist, especailly on a hot day. Lazing here you can gaze out over the lake. There's a viewing deck where you can enjoy similar views, choosing whether to sit in the sun or the shade. Most meals are served at the large table in the mess tent, with others eaten outdoors. The main lounge is a tented room open to the breeze which has large sofas and armchairs and a library of books. 


Open: Changa Safari Camp is open all year. It first opened at the end of 2012.

Location: Changa Safari Camp is by the edge of Lake Kariba in the east of Matusadona National Park. It is within a private concession.

Rooms: There are 6 double tents and 2 larger family tents. All have an outdoor bath and shower, a washroom with 2 hand basins, and a private lake-facing deck. Fans maintain a cool temperature within the tents.

Activities: Take game drives in the private concession, go for a boat ride on Lake Kariba, do some fishing, and follow a guide on a walking safari. This is also a good location for bird watching. Activities take place in early morning late afternoon, leaving you free to relax and sit out the heat of the day in camp.

Facilities: The lounge is an open-sided building with a thatched roof, and includes a library area with books and board games, and a bar. It leads out to a large deck overlooking the lake. There is a second, lower level deck nearer the shore with a campfire. The camp has a swimming pool and sunbathing area with loungers. There is a dining room with a large communal table. Electricity is provided by solar power and a generator. The camp offers a daily laundry service.

Dining: Meals can be served at individual tables or as a group either in the dining room or outdoors on the deck or by the beach.

Children: Children aged 12 years and over are welcome.

Health: This is a malarial area.

Communication: There is internet access, but only limited mobile phone reception.

Amanda Marks
Tracy Edwards
Sinead Bailey
Christine MacDougall
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