Mana Pools & Hwange Photo Tour

This Zimbabwe highlights Photo Tour combines 3 of the country's greatest wildlife and photographic areas. The tour offers an amazing diversity of wildlife viewing and photography from the enchanted forests and floodplains of Mana Pools National Park to the open grasslands and woodlands of Hwange National Park, then ending off with the amazing beauty and spectacle of one of the 7 natural wonders of the world - the Victoria Falls. Our professional Tusk Photo host photographer will share all the secrets on how to capture the best possible photographs on this tour.

Mana Pools & Hwange Photo Tour

Have you ever wanted to experience Africa the way it was hundreds of years ago? Have you ever wanted to be part of nature and at the same time capture world class images of wild and free roaming animals..? Then this tour is for you.

Mana Pools offers the adventurous wildlife and landscape photographer unequaled opportunity to photograph and capture animals such as Lions, Elephants, Wild dogs, Buffalo, Eland, Zebra and many more in a spectacular natural unspoiled environment. We will be able to photograph animals and landscapes from vehicles as well as on foot and from the river. This opportunity for wildlife photographers to photograph on foot is what sets Mana Pools apart from all the other major National Parks in Africa. It gives you the freedom to push your creativity to new heights and challenges your artistic inner artist.

Hwange is wild and authentic in every way, wildlife roam freely, not confined man-made boundaries. Being connected to one of the largest wildlife corridors in Africa, Hwange holds one of the largest elephant populations in Africa. It is home to some very special and endangered species like Roan and Sable Antelopes, as well as large packs of wild dogs and even Cheetah. During the dry season when this tour is planned, wildlife such as Elephant, Buffalo, Giraffe, Zebra and many other species in the area are drawn to the sporadic drying waterholes. Predators use these waterholes as opportunity for ambushes, making for some amazing action scenes.

The Victoria Falls constitutes one of the most spectacular natural wonders of the world. The Local people call it "Mosi-oa-Tunya"  meaning - "the smoke that thunders" and the Falls are remarkable. There is a magic about them manifested in the towering column of spray when the river is high, the thunder of the falling water, the terrifying drop-offs into the gorge as well as the tranquil lagoons upstream in which hippo and crocodiles bask. The Victoria falls is 1 708 meters wide, making it the largest curtain of water in the world. It drops between 90m and 107m into the Zambezi Gorge and an average of 550,000 cubic meters of water plummet over the edge every minute. Remarkably preserved in its natural state, Victoria falls inspires visitors as much today as it did David Livingstone in the 1860's. The falls and the surrounding area have been declared National Parks and a World Heritage Sites.

Tour Itinerary

  • Arrive Harare International Airport, after clearing customs and immigration we will transfer to our Charter flight directly into Mana Pools

  • Mana Pools: Early wake-up and depart to explore all the this amazing park has to offer - on foot, by vehicle and by boat. Arrive back late morning for brunch. Depart again for afternoon activities and back by sunset.

  • Mana Pools: Early wake-up and depart to explore all the this amazing park has to offer - on foot, by vehicle and by boat. Arrive back late morning for brunch. Depart again for afternoon activities and back by sunset.

  • Mana Pools: Early wake-up and depart to explore all the this amazing park has to offer - on foot, by vehicle and by boat. Arrive back late morning for brunch. Depart again for afternoon activities and back by sunset.

  • Mana Pools: Early wake-up and depart to explore all the this amazing park has to offer - on foot, by vehicle and by boat. Arrive back late morning for brunch. Depart again for afternoon activities and back by sunset.

  • After our early morning activity, head back the camp for breakfast, shortly after we transfer to the airstrip for our charter flight directly into Hwange national park and onto our camp in time for and afternoon gamedrive.

  • Hwange: Early wake-up and depart for game drive activities by sunrise. Arrive back late morning for brunch. Depart again for afternoon activities and back by sunset.

  • Hwange: Early wake-up and depart for game drive activities by sunrise. Arrive back late morning for brunch. Depart again for afternoon activities and back by sunset.

  • Hwange: Early wake-up and depart for game drive activities by sunrise. Arrive back late morning for brunch. Depart again for afternoon activities and back by sunset.

  • After our early morning activity, head back the camp for breakfast, shortly after we transfer to the airstrip for our charter flight directly into Victoria Falls International Airport. Transfer and check into Lokuthula Lodge. Afternoon at leisure, sunset dinner cruise up the Zambezi River.

  • Vic Falls: Spend the day exploring Vic Falls with 1x photo session at the falls its self. Dinner at the world famous Boma Restaurant.

  • After breakfast at the lodge, we will catch a short transfer back to Victoria Falls International Airport for our International Flights back home.

Mana Pools & Hwange Photo Tour

This tour covers some of the very best wildlife and photography hot-spots the country has to offer combining Hwange National Park, Mana Pools National Park & Victoria Falls

 

Mana Pools National Park:

Mana Pools National Park is synonymous with the Zambezi River, elephants, lions, remoteness and wilderness.
This unique park is a WORLD HERITAGE SITE, based on its wildness and beauty, together with the wide range of large mammals and over 350 bird species. The name “Mana” means “four” in the local Shona language. This applies to the four large pools inland from the Zambezi River. These pools are the remnant ox-bow lakes that the Zambezi River carved out thousands of years ago as it changed its course northwards. Hippopotamus, crocodiles and a wide variety of birds are associated with the pools. ”Long Pool”, is the largest of the four pools, extending some six kilometers. This pool has a large population of hippo and crocodiles and is a favourite for the large herds of elephant that come out of the thickly vegetated areas in the south to drink.

As one moves northwards towards the Zambezi River from the forests on the Karoo sediments, the vegetation changes to open Faidherbia albida woodlands on the old river terraces. This vegetation gives an unique look to the area and a surreal light filters through the trees giving Mana Pools its distinctive cathedral-like atmosphere.

On the old river terraces, tourists can walk unaccompanied by guides in the open Albida woodland because visibility is good and there is little danger of unexpectedly coming across dangerous animals. This privilege of walking alone in an area with dangerous wildlife is unique in Zimbabwe. Elephant, eland, buffalo, impala, waterbuck, baboons, monkeys, zebra, warthog and hippo are some of the larger herbivores to be seen regularly on the river terraces as they come out to eat the fallen Albida fruit. Lions, leopards, spotted hyaena and cheetah are also thriving in the area.

Our Zambezi Expeditions Camp offers one of the best ways to experience the Mana Pools photo safari on the banks of the mighty Zambezi River. The 12-bedded luxury mobile camp is set up prior to your arrival near the Zambezi River. With 6 twin-bedded tents and en-suite bathroom facilities that include flush toilets and an alfresco hot bucket shower, the camp gives “Glamping” a new definition by virtue of its detailed furnishings that include 12 volt lighting and charging facilities for cameras.

 

Hwange National Park:

Named after a local Nhanzwa chief, Hwange National Park is the largest Park in Zimbabwe occupying roughly 14 650 square kilometers. It is located in the northwest corner of the country about one hour south of the Mighty Victoria Falls. Hwange boasts a tremendous selection of wildlife with over 100 species of mammals and nearly 400 bird species recorded. The elephants of Hwange are world famous and the park’s elephant population is one of the largest in the world. Our Hwange National Park tours & safaris support a mix of habitats, a diverse area that is shared between desert-adapted and woodland species, ensuring large numbers of animals all year round – Lion, leopard, Cheetah, Wilddog, elephant, buffalo, sable, roan, giraffe, wildebeest, impala and even gemsbok.

Our camp here is Somalisa Tented Camp, set in the heart of Hwange National Park Zimbabwe, and is known as the land of the giants for its big elephant herds. Nestled in a stunning location tucked away on an acacia island along the edge of an ancient seasonal flood plain, Somalisa provides guests with breathtaking views of the savannah plains across the famous Kennedy Vlei line. Consisting of seven elegantly furnished Sail Tents with gauze sliding doors, a glass wood-burner fireplace for the cold winter nights, and an overhead fan for the hot summer days, each tent has en suite bathroom facilities including flush toilets, an indoor and outdoor shower, as well as a copper slipper-style bathtub. The main decking area includes split level decking with a separate lounge and dining area, as well as a small splash pool for guests overlooking the “Elephant Pool” and a natural waterhole where herds of game congregate to drink and where guests can relax whilst soaking in the African bush.

 

Tour Itinerary:

Day 1 – We meet at Harare International Airport. Your Tusk Photo host will take you to where we check in for our flight to Mana Pools. After we check in and have a bite to eat at our Zambezi Expeditions Camp we depart on our first afternoon game drive.

Day 2 to Day 5 – Early morning wake up with coffee and rusks before we depart for our morning photo session. When at Mana Pools we have the option of either photographing on foot, by vehicle or by boat. Depending on conditions and what the animal movements are like we will formulate the best plan for all our photographic sessions. In short we are very flexible and can make the best decisions based on local conditions at the time. We will return to the camp for our meals Breakfast / Brunch and / or lunch before we heading out for the afternoon photo session again. We return to camp at sunset in time for drinks and dinner.

Day 6 – After an early morning photo session we head back to camp for breakfast. We then pack and check out and transfer to the air strip. We fly to Hwange National Park with our chartered flight landing at Somalisa Tented Camp early afternoon. After we check in and have a bite to eat we set out for our afternoon game drive.

Day 7 to Day 10 – Early morning wake up with coffee and rusks before we depart on our morning photo session. We return to camp for Breakfast / Brunch and Lunch before we set off again for our afternoon photo session. We arrive back at amp around sunset for drinks and dinner

Day 11 – After an early morning photo session we head back to camp for Breakfast. We then pack and check out before transferring to the airstrip for our flight to Victoria Falls. After a short flight we transfer and check into Lokuthula Lodge. The afternoon is at leisure with several options to explore the Victoria Falls town and surroundings. Dinner this evening will be on board a luxury river restaurant while we cruise up the Zambezi River with candle lit 5 star dinner.

Day 12 – We have a flexible day with many options and activities open to us. Tusk Photo has included 1 photo session at the actual falls itself. We can decide to spend either the morning, afternoon or the entire day at the falls. There are several shuttle services from the lodge and we can maximize our day in Vic Falls to suit everyone needs. Dinner this evening will be at the famous Boma Restaurant with loads of entertainment for everyone.

Day 13 – After a breakfast at the lodge we transfer to Vic Falls International Airport in time for our flights back home – End of Tour

 

Tour Highlights:

  • We visit some of the best wildlife destinations in Southern Africa
  • Mana Pools: Photography on foot, vehicles and boats
  • Mana Pools: Iconic scenes of Elephant standing on their back legs feeding on Albida trees
  • Open game viewers
  • Hwange: Huge Elephant herds with great predators like lions, leopard
  • True private Wilderness experience

This safari includes

  • All meals, Park fees and Airport departure taxes
  • Services of Tusk Photo hosts.
  • All internal flights and transfers once the safari commences.
  • All meals at Mana Pools and Hwange
  • Breakfasts and Dinners at Vic Falls
  • 12 nights’ accommodation incl. teas & coffees. Most dietary requirements can be catered for
  • Local beverages at Hwange and Mana Pools
  • All game drive activities at Hwange and Mana Pools
  • Vic Falls – Dinner on Zambezi River Voyager and Boma Restaurant
  • Vic Falls – One park entrance to the actual falls.

 

This Safari does not include

  • All drinks in Vic Falls
  • All lunches at Vic Falls – it is impossible to plan any lunches with so many activities and possibilities.
  • Additional activities at Vic Fall other than the 1x falls entrance.
  • Gratuities and expenses of a personal nature.
  • Costs for Visas (if applicable)
  • Telephone Calls
  • International flights

 

Optional Extras

  • Vic Falls activities – such as helicopter flights, bungy jumping, white water rafting etc, etc.

 

 

Dates & Prices

Departure Date Return Date Tour Cost SADC Rate Availability Location
14 October 201826 October 2018USD 8150N/A6Book View More
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