Mana Pools Extended Safari
- The safari starts and ends at the Harare International Airport, Zimbabwe
- Only 4 guests in total on this safari experience
- Spend 8 days in paradise, including 3 days at a well-visited waterhole in the heart of Cathedral Mopane woodland
- The beauty of the Mana Pools Forest & the magnificent dappled light
- Daily encounters with wildlife on foot
- Arguably offer the most intimate elephant encounters in Africa
- One of the best location in Africa to spend time with African Wild Dogs
Dates: October 7, 2018 - October 14, 2018
Guide: Marlon du Toit
Cost: USD 6,895.00 per single guest
Max number of Photographers: 4
Mana Pools has become one of the most popular safari destination in the annual Wild Eye Safari Calendar.
This Mana Pools Extended Safari offer our guests the opportunity to discover or perhaps rediscover, the incredible wilderness haven that is Mana.
Across 8 days you will get the opportunity to spend time on the majestic Zambezi floodplain, as well as get an insight into what happens in the Mopane Woodlands further South.
This safari is also smaller in size than our standard Mana Pools Safari & will host only 4 guests in total!
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.
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 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.
Kanga Camp further inland offers you a new opportunity to discover what happens around a waterhole during the driest time of the year, and will be our home for the last 3 nights.
Set in the most remote part of the World Heritage Site in Mana Pools is the Kanga Pan. The 12-bedded tented camp has en-suite bathroom facilities with outdoor showers and basins overlooking the water hole. The main area has a comfortable lounge and dining area offering you uninterrupted views of a very active water hole. Relax in the upper deck lounge under the shade of a mahogany or sit on the deck below near the splash pool and enjoy Kanga − the old Africa in a new era.
The diverse area has multiple vlei lines, river systems of the Ruckomechi River, and mixed woodland types from Mopane woodland to Jesse bush and riverine forests. Kanga Pan itself is the only known water source in the area available throughout the year, making it a hub for wildlife and a delight to explore on foot. Pristine and undeveloped, this area gives you a pure, unspoilt, private African safari experience.
The remoteness of the park, the sheer size and the breathtaking beauty all come together to create an African experience unrivaled in equality.
Day 1: Arrival at Harare International Airport Zimbabwe
Day 1 – 5: Spent at our Mana Pools camp site on the banks of the Zambezi River
Day 6 – 8: Spent at Kanga Camp further inland
Day 8: The safari ends at the Harare International Airport Zimbabwe
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