by Thanda Mhlanga on July 10, 2018
3 min read

A hideout in a tropical wilderness, Changa Safari Camp merges the untamed splendor of the bush with the romance of an island retreat. Magnificently situated on the shores of Lake Kariba, within a private concession in Matusadona National Park, it offers exclusive exploration of this breathtaking landscape plus land and water-based safari activities to make a stay truly memorable. On our last visit to this serene corner of Zimbabwe, we woke, slept and dined to the sounds of nearby hippo and experienced true immersion in the untouched nature of this wonderland.

Changa Safari Camp lies on the shores of Lake Kariba

The setting is rustic, natural and inviting
Photo credit: Changa Safari Camp

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Matusadona National Park


For those wanting to combine the bliss of a remote island with the splendor of the wilderness, Changa Safari Camp is the ultimate stop. From leaf and sand-lined walkways and organic interiors to the muted decor whose palette matches that of its natural surrounds, the mood is already set for the dream safari. At Changa, you wake to the sounds of nature and are always aware of your shared space with the plethora of wildlife in the national park. From the occasional trumpeted visitor to the ever-present creatures of the sky, you’ll be swept up in a dream.

Changa Safari Camp is situated in a private concession in the Matusadona National Park

The camp lies within the wilderness of a national park
Photo credit: Changa Safari Camp


The Atmosphere

The setting at Changa Safari Tented Camp reigns. All tents – there are 6 Double and 2 Family Tents – continue the same theme. Wood, distressed leather, woven baskets, bespoke furniture and fresh linen in muted colours create the feel of the classic safari. While the location, overlooking Lake Kariba and within the Matusadona National Park is enchanting, scenic and rugged. Proximity to the wild, and occasional visits from elephants, bush babies, monkeys and squirrels, among other animals, also contributes to the magic.

Meals are often served on the sandy shores of Lake Kariba

A feast on the shores of a lake
Photo credit: Changa Safari Camp

At a Glace

In addition to lovely accommodations, Changa Safari Tented Camp offers guests a range of thrilling activities including game walks led by professional guides, boat cruises, tiger fishing, game drives or trips to Sanyati Gorge – a journey through a 10 km stretch of cliffs featuring an abundance of bird life. At the lodge, guests can curl up with a book in the main lounge or library or go for a refreshing dip in the swimming pool.

Changa Safari Camp aims has a series of luxury safari tents

Muted hues and light fabrics
Photo credit: Changa Safari Camp

Dining Experience

Meals are made with only the freshest ingredients and lean towards the gourmet – an amazing feat given the camp’s location. Breakfast and lunch are served al fresco on the main elevated deck in the dining room or on the stretch of private beach. Dinner is a candle-lit affair staged at various locations around the camp from night to night.

The food at Changa Safari Camp is delicious and fresh

Fine dining on the sand
Photo credit: Changa Safari Camp

Best time to go

Though Lake Kariba’s a year-round destination, the winter months make for better game viewing (nights and mornings get quite chilly though!).

How to get there

Get to Changa Safari Camp by plane, car or boat. The runway on Fothergill Island is just a 15 minute drive from the property. If landing at Kariba Airport, take a 45-minute speedboat ride from Marineland Harbor to the camp. By car, it’s a 370 kilometers drive from Harare, which can be covered in about four hours. A 4×4 is better for navigating the diverse terrain.

Wildlife is known to wander by the camp

A haven overlooking majestic landscapes
Photo credit: Changa Safari Camp

Perfect for

Everyone! Couples will love the privacy and tranquility and families we enjoy the activities and bonding opportunities.

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