Chitake Springs and Mana Pools Photo Safari

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  • The safari starts and ends at the Harare International Airport, Zimbabwe
  • NO Single Supplement
  • 3 Nights Chitake Springs
  • 4 Nights Mana Pools Floodplain
  • Combines 2 iconic regions into The Best of Mana Pools
  • SADC residents enjoy a $ 350 discount ($ 5 600 per single guest)
  • Fully inclusive of internal flights, meals, accommodation, conservation fees
  • Encounter Africa's big game species on foot with an experienced local guide


August, 2018

Dates: August 4, 2018 - August 11, 2018
Guide: Johan van Zyl
Cost: USD 5,950.00 per single guest
Deposit: 50%
Max number of Photographers: 6


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. This Mana Pools Photo Safari allows you the rare privilege to travel back in time to an Africa we all wish we knew, an Africa free of human encroachment, the Africa of your dreams.

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.

With this brand new safari experience offering from Wild Eye, we will showcase this park to you in a way very few people have experienced before. It will start with 3 nights in one of Africa’s wildest destinations – Chitake Springs.

For the elite few who’ve heard of Chitake, let alone been, it’s undoubtedly an experience that you can’t find anywhere else. The animals are wild, the camp remote with only one access road leading in to camp. All safaris here are conducted by foot as we explore the Chitake drainage system twice a day.
Apart from the small Chitake water source, there’s no other available water for many kilometers surrounding the area. This means every single animal in need of a drink will drinks from Chitake Springs. The water runs along a small but deep sandy drainage for just over 1 kilometer before vanishing into the sand. Our camp will be located right next to the stream along the banks under some well-shaded trees. From here we will walk the area in search of lion, elephant, buffalo, wild dogs and much more.

Chitake is not the kind of place where you burn out the shutter of your camera. It’s about the experience of seeing Africa in a way you’ve never thought possible – wild to the maximum & fully immersed in nature.

From here we move back north to the floodplains of the Zambezi River where our standard 4 Night Mana Pools Photo Safaris are based. Again, we will be able to leave the confines of the vehicle, 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 on this Mana Pools Photo Safari 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.

The remoteness of the park, the sheer size and the breathtaking beauty all come together to create an African experience unrivaled in equality.

Safari Itinerary

Day 1: Arrival at Harare International Airport

Day 1 – 4: Three nights spent exploring the magical Chitake Springs

Day 4 – 8: Four nights spent on the Mana Pools Floodplain Mwinilunga Tented Camp

Day 8: Departure for Harare International Airport


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