Mana Pools Adventure Trail
- 9 days in Mana Pools National Park
- Experience the heart of Mana Pools on a 3 day walking trail, sleeping out under the stars at night
- 4 days exploring one of Africa's wildest regions on foot - Chitake Springs
- 4 days on the well-known and incredibly beautiful Mana Pools floodplain
- Guided encounters with Africa's most dangerous large wildlife on foot
- A fully-kitted backpack can be provided to you at an additional cost
Dates: July 13, 2018 - July 21, 2018
Guide: Jono Buffey & Andrew Beck
Cost: USD 6,850 per person
Single person supplement: No Single Supplement
Deposit: 50% to secure
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.
We then walk through the park for 3 days exploring some beautiful areas, something only truly appreciated on foot & away from camps. We will carry basic supplies with us – a backpack equipped with snacks, water, bedding & a few other items – whilst the rest of the goods will be set up & waiting ahead of us.
At night we will enjoy dinner around a fire, perhaps in a wide sandy riverbed or even under the canopy of an ancient Leadwood. There will be no tents as we will sleep in sleeping bags on padded groundsheets, with a blanket of stars to cover us. It’s the ultimate way to experience Mana Pools – completely immersed within the experience.
There’s no telling what we could encounter on foot, but it will always be in the company of an incredible experienced Zimbabwe Professional Guide, as well as Marlon du Toit & Jono Buffey. Your safety will always be our main mandate.
From here we will end our experience on the banks of the Zambezi River, in our well-loved Mana Pools Tented Camp.
Our idyllic 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 walking experience, the sheer size and the breathtaking beauty all come together to create an African experience unrivaled in equality.
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Andrew has put together a detailed outline of the route we will be following during the 2 nights camping beneath a sea of stars.View the Route
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