HIPPO POOLS WILDERNESS CAMP Run by Iain Jarvis, this rustic camp plays an important role in eco-tourism for the area and in the awareness of the Umfurudzi Safari Area. Stunningly located in a secluded spot on the Mazowe River, Hippo Pools takes its name from the large pool it overlooks and which is usually occupied by hippo. ACCOMODATION The chalets, cabins, and camp site are set in gallery forest and named after the beautiful indigenous trees that provide a canopy of blissful shade over rolling buffalo lawns. 200 species of trees have been identified and marked with their identification numbers in the camp area. ACTIVITIES One of the joys of Hippo Pools is the freedom and safety to do as you wish, a rare treat in a safari camp. There are more than 250km of mapped paths and hiking trails within the camp's operational area, ranging from easy, marked trails along the Mazowe River to more challenging ones into the hinterland and through the granite kopjes. Visitors can go on guided canoe trips, day and night game drives, all of which offer great birding and game viewing opportunities. Some 'Specials' for birders include the magnificent Pel's Fishing Owl & the Narina Trogon. In the rainy season, white water rapids falls along the Mazowe, Umfurudzi and Ruangwa Rivers make for idyllic and safe swimming. The Mazowe & Umfurudzi Rivers are also home to the large number of sport fish, including large Vundu, Tiger fish, Chesa, Bottlenose, Bream and Cornish Jack. Several Tiger fish weighing over 7kg have been taken at Hippo Pools. Hippo Pools Wilderness Camp also offers overnight camping out at remote isolated sites and Mwanga Tree Hide, just 300m out of camp, overlooks a waterhole and salt lick. The Tree Hide, like the walking trails currently need rebuilding and upgrading.