Best of Mana Pools
- 2 unique Safari Camps in different areas within Mana Pools
- Incredible on foot experiences
- 7 days, including 5 days on the floodplain and 2 days inland
- Large concentrations of wildlife around permanent water sources
- Unique wildlife encounters with Elephants and Wild Dogs on foot
- Safari starts and ends Harare
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Vacation Style Holiday Type
Activity Level Challenging
Group Size Small Group
Nestled within the Zambezi Valley lies a creation of Nature still pure, splendid, untouched and wild. With the mighty Zambezi flowing to the North, the wooded floodplain to the South plays host to one of the most astonishing wildlife experiences in Africa.
Far removed from any urban landscape, Mana Pools has the special ability to transport you away from taxing modern-day living. Large elephant bulls balancing precariously on their hind-legs as they reach seven or eight meters into the canopy of an Ana Tree, prides of lion stalking Cape buffalo on the open floodplain during the heat of the day, or African wild dog running freely in pursuit of impala within the riverine forests.
Wildlife encounters are endless and intimate.
It is one of Southern Africa’s most undeveloped national parks, and that’s not a bad thing. The park welcomes its visitors to leave the confines of their vehicles, allowing you the life-changing experience of seeing Mana’s majestic wildlife on-foot. This is a rare opportunity to encounter nature in an intimate way, face-to-face and utterly exposed. All encounters are done under the guidance of a professional Zimbabwe guide, as well as your experienced Wild Eye guide. The animals will always have our utmost respect and will never be disturbed for our gratification.
Our idylic tented safari camp during the first 5 days on this Best of Mana Pools is located only meters away from the edge of the mighty Zambezi. The camp is warm & charming and is hosted by a team that puts your comfort & experience first. Exquisite cuisine, campfire stories & the sounds of Africa permeating your canvas tents all form part of an unforgettable encounter with Africa.
After spending 5 nights on the banks of the Zambezi, we will transfer further inland to a Private Concession close to Kanga Pan. Kanga pan is the only water source in the area during the dry season and attracts a variety of wildlife, both big and small, ensuring that we will have ample viewing and photographic opportunities.
For those that have always wanted to experience this iconic park, this is without a doubt the best way to experience Mana Pools.
October 12, 2020 – October 19, 2020 Trip: 5 Spaces left.
Note: If there is no number next to the date the safari has been sold out.
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After arriving early in the morning in Harare, we will be met by our local Pilot and transferred the domestic terminal. From Harare to we will board a chartered flight Into Mana Pools (estimated flight time around 1 and a half hours).
Our local Guide will meet us at the airstrip in Mana Pools and we will transfer by road to our home for the next 5 nights, Zambezi Expeditions.
After settling in and enjoy a scrumptious lunch we will depart on our first activity in the afternoon and explore the beauty of Mana Pools.
We will return to Camp shortly after sunset as per park rules and enjoy a cold drink around the fire overlooking the mighty Zambezi River.
Start the morning off nice and early with a cup of coffee overlooking the Zambezi River before departing on our morning activity. All activities will start from Camp in an open safari vehicle. This morning we will focus on spending time in the beautiful Albida Forest, aiming to get there just after sunrise to maximise the quality light. This forest is where one could encounter some of the Elephant Bulls standing on their hind legs, reaching out for the pods that are a great nutritional source for these giants. The days in Zambezi Valley warm up quickly at this time of the year therefore we would return to Camp around 10:00am in time for a hearty breakfast.
Mid day is for you to use as you please, either enjoy a cold drink along the banks of the Zambezi River or cover any Lightroom or photographic questions you might have with your experienced Wild Eye Guide.
Our afternoon activity will start as soon as it start cooling down. We will explore the floodplain in hope of getting encounters of the endangered African Wild Dogs. These incredible predators use the open floodplains to hunt, which can be both challenging to keep up with them, but extremely exciting non the less.
We will return to Camp shortly after sunset (as per park rules) and enjoy a cold drink around the fire and reflect on an amazing day.
Leave Camp shortly before sunrise and travel towards the floodplains to follow up on any predator activity. The floodplains are extremely beautiful and inevitably there will be something to photograph. Return to Camp around 10:00am.
Your Wild Eye Guide will always be available to cover any Lightroom or photographic questions you might have.
This afternoon we will be spending time around the Albida forest in search of Elephant Bulls in golden sunlight. The light passing through the Albida trees during the late afternoons is a thing of beauty and any subject looks great during that golden hour.
Return to Camp shortly after sunset (as per park regulations).
Leave Camp early and make our way to the Mana mouth. These area is extremely beautiful and has some fantastic birdlife. We are always open to other potential sightings that might have been seen during the morning and our local guide will communicate these with us directly. Enjoy a cup of coffee overlooking the mighty Zambezi with the Zambezi Valley in Zambia as the backdrop.
A mouth watering brunch will once again be ready for us as soon as we arrive back at camp after which you have the day to yourself until we meet again in the afternoon shortly before departing on our afternoon activity.
Depending on sightings that we have had we will decide to either head back to the albida forest to capture some iconic images in this beautiful forest, or travel to the floodplain in search of African Wild Dogs.
Once we return to Camp around 10:00 am we will enjoy another delicious meal on the bank of the Zambezi. After lunch your Wild Eye Guide will be at your disposal to review your images from the trip thus far as well as assist with any questions you might have.
The afternoon we will drive towards Long Pool which is one of the four pools that make up Mana Pools. Here a resident pod of Hippos submerge themselves during the heat of the day and make for some fantastic photographic opportunities.
Return to Camp shortly after sunset and enjoy our last evening at Zambezi Expeditions.
Depart Zambezi Expeditions early in the morning and enjoy our last morning around the floodplains. We will transfer by road towards Kanga Camp which is further inland, still doing game viewing along the way. Arrive at Kanga Camp in time for brunch.
Kanga pan, situated in front of the main area of Kanga Camp, attract a variety of game during the dry season. It is not unusual to see a constant flow of wildlife during the day, enabling you to enjoy amazing viewing even when not out in the field.
During the afternoon we will explore the surrounding of Kanga, focusing on tracking and hopefully finding big game on foot.
Return to camp shortly after sunset and enjoy some stories around the fire with the Kanga staff as well as your Wild Eye Guide.
We will maximise our last day on this safari by heading out as early as we possibly can. It is always exciting to leave camp early in the morning and observe tracks to see what has passed through camp the night before. Anything of interest will be tracked which is an exciting experience and very rewarding once you’re successful.
As the day warms up we will head back to camp to enjoy brunch and also await as wildlife return to Kanga pan to quench their thirst during the heat of the day. Your Wild Eye Guide will be available to review your images from the trip and assist you with some post processing ideas and tips.
Our plans for the afternoon will largely depend on animal activity that has been around the pan. With it being dry season and with no other water sources around apart from the Zambezi River which is quite a way away, there will be no shortage of opportunities.
Return to Camp shortly after sunset and enjoy our last night around a campfire, enjoying the peace and tranquility of the magical place.
At a time to be confirmed we will transfer by road towards the Mana Airstrip. From here we will board a chartered flight back to Harare (about an hour and a half flight) which will end an incredible week in Mana Pools.