Robin Pope Safaris' newest addition, John's Camp (named after renowned African safari guide, John Stevens), is now open for the season. You will find John's Camp nestled amongst canopies of Trichelia and Mahogany trees lining the banks of the mighty Zambezi River within the Mana Pools National Park in Zimbabwe. The camp is located in a truly natural wilderness and provides one of the wildest walking adventures to be had within a National Park. 

John's Camp is run by John's daughter Sarah and his son-in-law, Milo Harrup. John Stevens is also available to guide on request. We are also excited to announce that Sarah Stevens is setting up RPS Travel Zimbabwe and will be offering ground handling within Zimbabwe. Naturally she will offer Zambia and Malawi add-ons to tie up with the rest of the portfolio. 

The camp comprises of 10 beds, made up of 5 twin or double en-suite Meru style tents, Each tent has en-suite bathroom facilities with flush loo and overhanging safari-style bucket showers. Inside the tent is a lit changing area complete with a running water basin. With privacy in mind, the tents are generously spaced out along the floodplain adjacent to the Zambezi River. 

The dining area is centrally located between the tents, positioned in thick shade, and there is a campfire overlooking the floodplain for evening cocktails and snacks before dinner.  Being a small camp, with a maximum of 12 guests, means that our excellent guiding team can tailor your safari to suit you, providing a highly personalized experience. 

Across the vast floodplain one can walk with the giants - our African Bull elephants, dine amidst herds of buffalo, gaze upon prides of lion, enjoy sundowners with hippos on the banks of the Zambezi River, and bird watch over 400 species of birds. 


* OOpening and closing:
We opened for the season on the 14th of April and will remain open until the 31st of November. Please note, there is still a good chance of rain in April and in November.

 * Does fly-camping from John's Camp cost extra? 
There is no extra accommodation charge for fly camping. However, there is an extra charge of USD $34.00 per person which goes to the National Parks for camping in the Wilderness area.  Please note that fly camping can only happen if ALL guests in camp wish to fly camp as the guide has to be where the guests are. 

* What is the cost of having John Stevens as your guide?
John's 2017 daily rate is USD $1,500 and in 2018 his rate will be $1,750 per day.  Please note he charges per day due to travel time. To learn more about the legendary guide, John Stevens, CLICK HERE

* Is Fishing offered as an activity?
Boats are not allowed in our stretch of water, so we offer land based fishing. You can catch a variety of species from the great African Tiger Fish to the tasty Tilapia (bream). All Tiger are strictly catch and release and we have a bag limit of 5 Tilapia per day.

* Is John's Camp included in the Robin Pope Safaris' special Safari Rate offer?
Yes, it is included. Safari Rate - 10% off rack rates for stays of 7 nights or more at any combination of our properties and 15% off rack rates for stays of 10 nights or more.

*How do I get to Mana Pools, Zimbabwe?
Flights and transfers to/from John's Camp can be easily arranged by Robin Pope Safaris. We use Safari Logistics who run a scheduled charter/seat rate to all major Zimbabwe destinations, including Vic Falls, Harare, Kariba and Hwange. 

The routes are as follows:
Route 1:  Victoria Falls - Hwange - Matusadona / Kariba - Mana Pools - Victoria Falls
Route 2:  Harare - Mana Pools - Matusadona / Kariba - Harare

The above routes may vary depending on logistics. Departure times will be confirmed 24 Hours prior to departure and are dependent on the routes required by passengers flying on that day. The above routes are done on a seat rate basis and fly on a daily basis, subject to availability and minimum 2 passengers. 

Flying Times are approximate as shown below:

Victoria Falls - Hwange:                         45 Minutes
Hwange - Matusadona / Kariba:             1 Hour 40 Minutes
Matusadona / Kariba - Mana Pools:        30 Minutes
Mana Pools - Victoria Falls:                     2 Hours 15 Minutes
Matusadona / Kariba - Victoria Falls:       1 Hour 40 Minutes
Harare - Mana Pools:                             1 Hour 30 Minutes
Mana Pools - Matusadona / Kariba:        30 Minutes
Matusadona / Kariba - Harare:               1 Hour 30 minutes

Private Charters
A private air charter service can be arranged (upon request) for any routes within Zimbabwe.

When flying from Zambia (Mfuwe or Lusaka) to Mana Pools (Mana Main or Mana West airstrips) customs has to be cleared in Kariba. 

*As of December 2016, the KAZA joint visa for Zambia and Zimbabwe is available at all major ports of entry into Zambia and Zimbabwe. For more information about the KAZA visa, click here.

* How long is the drive from the airstrip to camp?
From Mana Main Airstrip it is approximately a 45 minute game drive to camp
From Mana West Airstrip it is approximately 1 hour 45 minute game drive to camp

* More about the Team:
John's Camp is run by John's daughter Sarah and his son-in-law, Milo Harrup. John Stevens is also available to guide on request.
Attention to detail and being an owner-run/managed/hosted camp is our strength when delivering the best service. Our staff are well trained and extremely guest orientated, attending to guests and their duties with care and professionalism. The team are all employed from within the region so as to promote local employment.

3 Nights: Nkwali, South Luangwa
3 nights: John's Camp, Mana Pools 
2 nights: Stanley Safari Lodge, Livingstone 

Rack Rates from USD $5,363 per person sharing, Valid April to November 2017

Includes: all safari activities at Nkwali and John's Camp, select activities at Stanley Safari Lodge, all  meals, all drinks and bar (premium drinks extra), laundry, airport transfers plus domestic flights starting Lusaka and ending Livingstone 
Excludes: international flights, airport taxes, visa fees, gratuities and items of a personal nature. 
2 nights: Stanley Safari Lodge, Livingstone
3 nights: The Hide, Hwange 
4 nights: John's Camp, Mana Pools

Rack Rates from USD $5,946 per person sharing, Valid April - November 2017

Includes: All transfers by road and air as outlined (starting Livingstone, Zambia and ending Harare, Zimbabwe), full board accommodation, local drinks, laundry, Hwange and Mana safari activities plus select activities at Stanley Safari Lodge
Excludes: Extra Livingstone activities, gratuities, departure taxes, visa fees and international & regional flights

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