Mpala Jena is a boutique safari camp positioned along the beautiful tree-laden banks of the Zambezi River. The camp epitomizes ‘barefoot luxury’ with playfully scalloped thatched roofs, soft sand floors and a beach bar overlooking the pool and river. A cool, calming colour palette compliments light natural textures and sets the scene for slow, in-the-moment living. Our tented guest suites, nestled in the shade of large Sausage and Jackalberry trees are generously appointed with a private deck and outdoor bath and shower.
The camp is located within the 56,000-hectare Zambezi National Park, home to an ever-increasing number of wildlife species that can be enjoyed on game drives, boat cruises, walking trails or even while sipping cocktails from the swing chairs in camp. Higher concentrations of buffalo and elephant are typical from June to October and the park is known for having more lions per km² than any other park in Zimbabwe. Birding is spectacular all year round with the highest diversity of species seen from November through to October. Catch and release fishing is a popular activity and peaks during Tiger fishing season between June and December.
Mpala Jena was created with a strong sustainability ethos and runs entirely off our solar plant and battery. Building materials and design elements were specified and sourced with a clear vision of minimizing embodied energy and transportation miles.
The camp is conveniently located 16 kilometres inside the Zambezi National Park, allowing easy access to Victoria Falls town by a 40-minute boat or road transfer. Mpala Jena also run guided tours of the Victoria Falls..
The three guest tented suites are located on the banks of the Zambezi River with views of the river frontage. Each suite has en-suite bathroom facilities, indoor shower, separate loo and double basins. Decking in front of the tent leads to views of the calming and peaceful flowing waters of the Zambezi River.
The two family suites are located on the banks of the Zambezi River with views of the river frontage. Each family suite consists two bedrooms both of which have an en-suite bathroom facility, indoor shower, separate loo and double basins. Decking in front of the suites leads to views of the calming and peaceful flowing waters of the Zambezi River.
Family Suites are all under sand coloured, flowing canvas, with canopy ceilings and open (yet netted) views of the river frontage and are beautifully decorated by Tracy Kelly.
Each suite has a shaded, private veranda area and en-suite bathroom facilities, including an indoor shower, separate loo, and double basins. The highlight of the suites is the outdoor bathrooms with a beautiful bathtub and outdoor shower. Decking in front of the tent leads onto views of the Zambezi River’s calming and peaceful flowing waters.
Open vehicle game-drives in Zambezi National Park. The camp has custom built Land cruisers specially designed for photography. With just four to six guests each, the vehicles are fully stocked with reference books, drinks and snacks.
Mpala Jena Camp has it’s own 8-seater aluminum hulled motor boat perfect for sun-downer cruises.
During a two night stay, guests have the opportunity to enjoy a half-day guided excursion to the thunderous and impressive mass of falling water of the Victoria Falls.
This is a great activity for the whole family. Catch-and-release fishing is done from a boat with a captain, on the Zambezi River.