Mana Pools & Hwange Safari


Highlights

  • 13 Days of safari in 2 iconic wilderness safari destinations
  • Experience wildlife encounters with lion, elephant, wild dog, buffalo and more on foot
  • Play witness to some of the best elephant viewing in Africa
  • 3 unique, authentic safari camps
  • Breathtaking scenery both in Mana Pools & Hwange

Departures

October, 2019

Dates: October 1, 2019 - October 13, 2019
Guide: Marlon du Toit
Cost: USD 13,750.00 per single guest
Deposit: 50%
Max number of Photographers: 6

Description

This exciting safari experience combines two of Africa’s wildest safari regions – Mana Pools & Hwange!

Both of these destinations are situated in Zimbabwe, a country home to wildlife encounters still reminiscent of the classic old days. The camps we will visit are authentic, exciting & caters to all of your needs and more. The people are charming & courteous, always going the extra mile to ensure the best stay possible.

Mana Pools will offer 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.

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 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 6 roomed luxury-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.
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.

A 1.5 hour flight will transfer us to Hwange for the next part of our safari adventure.

Wild, remote, tough to get to and authentic in every way, Hwange offers its visitor an opportunity to see a real & raw Africa. It is unlike any other wildlife destination you’ll ever visit and this safari offers the perfect opportunity to do so.

In Hwange wildlife still roam free, not prohibited by fences or any other man-made boundaries. It’s home to one of the densest elephants populations in Africa. The giants of the land often utilize the camp’s very own waterhole to drink & bathe from, a sight that all guests really enjoy!
The region is also home to many lions, the most well known being Cecil’s Pride.

Many other animals call Hwange home, including 2 rarely seen antelope species – Roan & Sable.
During the dry season wildlife are reluctantly drawn to many of the park’s year-round water-filled waterholes. I say reluctantly, because predators use the waterholes as daily ambush sites during the driest time of the year – the exact time of year we’ll be visiting!

Somalisa will be our host for the duration of our stay on this safari. The locations are ideal for a wide variety of game viewing & scenic wonders!

No matter which way you look at it, if you have not been to Mana Pools & Hwange before you are undoubtedly missing out on an African experience of a lifetime. The adventure & excitement that awaits you is like nothing else in Africa.

For those who have been before, it goes without saying that this safari experience is the ideal opportunity for another visit.

Daily Itinarary

1 October
The safari officially starts from Harare, Zimbabwe. A chartered flight will fly us into Mana Pools where we will be transferred to camp.

2 – 3 October
Full days of safari at Zambezi Expeditions on the Mana Pools floodplain.

4 October
After a morning safari we will depart for Kanga Camp, further south and into the heart of Mana’s mopane woodland.

5 – 6 October
Full days on safari at Kanga Camp

7 October
After a morning safari we will board a flight that will take us to Somalisa Expeditions Camp in Hwange.

8 – 12 October
Full days of safari in Hwange.

13 October
After a morning safari, we’ll depart for the airstrip.
From here we’ll fly to Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe, which signals the end of our fantastic safari experience.

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