Changa Safari Camp (Matusadona National Park / Lake Kariba) Zimbabwe
With a passion for the wilderness and African wildlife, the Higgins and Preston families have built a dream safari destination on the shores of Lake Kariba in the Matusadona National Park. Situated within a private concession and with our own 4.5 km of lake shore, you can realize the total raw African experience from tastefully furnished, fan cooled, spacious deluxe East African style tented suites. Each suite has its own private deck and stunning views of the mysterious Matusadona Mountains across the inland sea of Lake Kariba.
This rich wilderness area offers exceptional game drives as well as walking and fishing safaris, all in the company of highly trained professional guides. Healthy populations of predators, including lion, leopard, hyena and cheetah as well as elephant, buffalo and antelope frequent the shoreline. Hippos and crocodiles are abundant in the cool waters. If you are very lucky, you may catch a glimpse of the last remaining Black Rhinos. Birdlife is prolific, with 350 species having been identified in the area.
The atmosphere of the camp itself lends to total relaxation so an afternoon by the pool sipping cocktails or drinking a cup of tea are always a welcome respite. Listen carefully for the strident call of the iconic african fish eagle and enjoy the unequaled beauty of a Lake Kariba sunset. We invite you to enjoy the rhythms of nature, and relax in the tranquility and peacefulness of our camp and its beautiful surroundings. Our pledge will be kept if your last thought of the day is “Can it get any better than this!”.
Accommodation at Changa consists of luxury tented suites each individually displaying truly unique African influences, from rustic wood, leather and weavery, against crisp white linen and locally made furniture.
Styled with complete comfort in mind each tent has
ensuite facilities and “under the stars” outside shower and
Whether you choose to relax in the comfort of your tent or enjoy spectacular lake vistas from your own private veranda you will be reminded time and again of the endless beauty around you.
All tents are mosquito proofed and we have fans for your comfort during the hot months. We pride ourselves on exclusivity, getting away from the hustle and bustle deserves nothing less.
Changa has been designed to blend in with the environment as much as possible and the natural materials, thatched roofs, wooden decks and walkways merge beautifully with the surrounding bush. The main lounge and library is comfortably furnished in an eclectic style, beautifully integrating leather, linen and cane to create a relaxed, homely vibe. The lounge is completely open to the gentle breeze, shaded by a thatch roof with sprawling views of the main deck, beach and lakeshore.
The main deck with its sweeping curved stairway leading onto a lower deck, fire pit and wide beach of glittery white sand, is the perfect spot to sit and relax whilst enjoying a refreshing drink. The swimming pool is a wonderfully shaded haven equipped with sun loungers and private seating areas, this is a place where you can revel in the stunning scenery overlooking the bay. Meals are relaxed and laid back, set around a large table in the dining room or under a canopy of trees on the vast wooden deck overlooking the lake. Scrumptious food is freshly prepared in camp everyday by our Chef, always with an imaginative and friendly approach.
At Changa, we endeavour to provide an exclusive, tailor made experience to suit you individually. Where possible we are happy to plan days and activities around you. A typical day in the camp starts early to coincide with the best times to view animals. You will be awoken by the age old “knock knock” at your door, accompanied by your choice of tea and coffee. We offer a continental breakfast ‘al fresco’ on the deck or on the beach before your morning activity which could be:
Arguably the best way to experience and feel in touch with the African bush. Our professional guides have a thorough knowledge of the area and, accompanied by them, you can experience Matusadona 'at its best'. Walks are conducted in the early mornings and late afternoons for your comfort.
A leisurely drive in an open safari vehicle is a perfect way to discover the area, and provides an opportunity to see a wider variety of game and scenery as you cover much more ground than on a game walk. Accompanied by your guide, a game drive is a lovely way to spend the morning. Climb on board our pontoon boat and, together with our guide, you can explore the multitude of bays and river inlets where the birdlife is prolific and elephants and antelope abound.
Just before it gets too hot, we'll have you back in camp for a delicious brunch, allowing you to siesta during the heat of the day. You can make yourselves at home, enjoy the cool breeze in the lounge, recline by the pool, or relax on a hammock under the canopy of a shady Terminalia tree. Re-charge with 'high-tea' at 3.30pm before you venture out on your chosen afternoon activity.
Dinner is a relaxed affair set around a large table
in the dining mess or under the stars on our wooden deck.
This is where we talk about the excitement of the day and
where people from different walks of life come together to
share their experiences. For those needing a bit of time
out, private dining can be organised and we love to make a
No dining experience is ever the same at Changa and sometimes you might find yourself enjoying a traditional meal set around a campfire on the sandy beach in front of the camp. Illuminated by torch flames and hurricane lamps, enjoy a feast like no other whilst watching the bright starlit sky.
Accommodation Rates:- Please contact us
for a quote and suggested itinerary.