Day 6: Kanga Camp, Mana Pools National Park
Our flight today was mid-morning, so we decided over dinner the previous evening that as our stay at Bumi was so short, we would have a later start to the morning so we could enjoy the lodge a little before going on a short game drive before our flight. While some of the group had lie-ins or made use of the gym, I took the opportunity to make use of the complimentary massage. I only realised how much I needed this when the masseuse found all the knots in my back!
Feeling relaxed and refreshed, we headed out on our game drive to see more of this beautiful area and soon started following some lion tracks. Unfortunately we didn’t catch up with the lions as we ran out of time and had to make for the airstrip for our flight to Mana Pools National Park. Mana is a place I have been wanting to visit for many years so I was very excited for this part of the trip. The plane took off with it being just us and our guide, and we all looked at each other and had the same thought. We were now in the wild again, and all had beaming smiles.
A half-hour drive took us to Kanga Bushcamp, a camp which overlooks Kanga Pan. Although not as luxurious as our previous camps, this soon became one of our favourites for offering an authentic safari experience. Here Alf was our guide, who took the time to talk us through the area and explain that in the dry season, Kanga Pan is the only remaining water source away from the Zambezi River for many many kilometres, so guests can literally sit and watch the wildlife coming to the pan all day and needn’t necessarily go on game drives. As this is only just the start of the dry season, we headed out on drive to explore the area. The area is stunning with many different habitats, from open grassy areas to thick riverine forests where we couldn’t even see a metre in front of us to. Alf talked us through it all and even though we didn’t see much game, it was a fascinating drive.