Mana Pools Photo Safari

Experience one of the last true wild destinations left in Africa, Mana Pools. This safari will take you to the banks of the lower Zambezi where we get to photograph Lions, Wilddog and huge Elephants both on foot and from vehicles. Staying at the luxurious Ruckomechi Lodge on our own private concession makes this experience even more exclusive and rewarding. Your professional Tusk Photo host photographer will be with you sharing tips and techniques on how to best photograph scenes such as huge Elephant standing on their back legs feeding on Albida trees.

Mana Pools Photo Safari

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

Mana Pools offers the adventurous wildlife and landscape photographer unequaled opportunity to photograph and capture animals 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 - what more can a wildlife and landscape photographer ask for.

The Luxurious Ruckomechi Lodge set along the banks of the Zambezi River is set in a private concession, giving us freedom and exclusivity. We have the freedom to choose how we would like our daily itinerary to run. The accommodation and lodge is amazing and well suited to even the non photographer who would just like to kick back a relax.

All meals are included as well as drinks (local beer, wines and soft drinks)

Our 5 night tour costs also include the charted flights from Harare to the camp and back again.

Optional Safari Extension

This safaris has an optional 3 night pre safari extension, date are 26 - 29 October 2017 and can be found on the Dates & Prices tab above.

 

Tour Itinerary

  • Meet and greet at Harare International Airport. Fly to Mana Pools with light Aircraft charter. After we check in and have a bite to eat we have our first afternoon game drive.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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 a morning game drive we fly back to Harare in time for international flights back home.

Mana Pools Photo Safari

A beautiful broad river, shady trees, blue hued mountains of the rift valley escarpment in the distance, an elephant or two feeding on the camps Albida trees, this is the view from our camp set on the banks of the mighty Zambezi River. Out on safari the area offers large concentrations of buffalo and elephant, while predators such as lion, wild dog, leopard and the odd cheetah scour the open flood plains. The true raw Africa and wilderness experience.

Mana Pools is a mere 2,196 square kilometers but is part of a 10,500 square kilometer Parks and Wildlife conservation area that runs from the Kariba Dam in the west to the Mozambique border in the east. This large area is without physical boundaries and the wildlife is free to move throughout the area, making it one of the largest wilderness and conservation areas in Africa.

Mana Pools is the gem of the Zambezi Valley, rugged and beautiful, it is home to a wonderful mix of grassy floodplains, woodlands and riverine forest, as well as the Zambezi River. The mighty river, which is the lifeblood of Mana, flows through Lake Kariba and down the Lower Zambezi Valley, a huge rift in the earth’s surface. The name “Mana” means “four” in the local Shona language. Over the millennia the Zambezi has carved through this valley creating islands, channels and sandbanks. Old river meanders, have formed into these 4 prominent ox-bow lakes (thus the name Mana Pools) surrounded by lush vegetation and tall old forests of mahogany, ebony and Albida trees.

This abundance of water and succulent greenery accounts for the valley’s wealth of big game. This unique world heritage site, not only offers unsurpassed wildness and beauty, but also a wide range of large mammals which with no doubt will provide us with some amazing photographic opportunities in the unique Mana light. As we drive in open vehicles or walk through the open flood plains and the Elephants favorite Albida forests, in search of that quintessential Mana scene of a massive elephant bull standing on his hind legs reaching to the upper most parts of the large trees, or just sitting at the base of a termite mound with elephants feeding mere feet away from us, we will be awestruck on a daily basis by the scenes. Also the angles and light we will be presented with not to mention the diversity of other wildlife including eland, buffalo, impala, waterbuck, Puku, baboons, monkeys, zebra, warthog and hippo just to name a few of the larger herbivores to be seen regularly on the river terraces as they come out to eat the fallen Albida fruit the elephants left behind. Lions, leopards, spotted hyena, wild dogs and cheetah are the resident predators of the area. For the bird lovers over 400 bird species can be found in the park and we have ample opportunity to photograph them as well.

 

Ruckomechi Lodge: Our Luxury Lodge, situated in a private concession with access to the western areas of Mana Pools National Park, accommodates guests in ten spacious en-suite tented units, all of which overlook the wide Zambezi River, which flows against a backdrop of the Zambezi escarpment in the distance. The camp is set amongst broad-canopied ana trees, much loved by the elephants for their rich nutritious seeds. A favourite amongst guests, the camp also boasts an outdoor “bath with a view” in a secluded, scenic spot.

 

Safari Highlights

  • Luxurious Ruckomechi Lodge on private concession
  • Photography on foot, vehicles and boats
  • Iconic scenes of Elephant standing on their back legs feeding on Albida trees
  • Open game viewers
  • True private Wilderness experience

 

Safari Itinerary

  • Day 1 – Meet at Harare International Airport for our flight to Mana Pools, arrive in time for an afternoon activity
  • Day 2 to Day 5 –Each morning we have an early wake-up with coffee tea & rusks. At sunrise we depart for game drive and will be out for the majority of the morning. Depending on sightings we will be back in camp 10am – 11am at which point a huge brunch will be served. After a siesta we set out on drive again for the afternoon shoot making our way along the Zambezi River and surrounding area. We arrive back in camp just after sunset to enjoy our dinner and a relaxed time around the camp fire. We spend 5 nights at our Luxury Ruckomechi lodge on the banks of the Zambezi River.
  • Day 6 – After an early morning game drive we head back to camp for a quick meal and transfer to the Mana Airstrip. We fly back to Harare in time for the International flights back home.

 

This safari includes

  • Flight from Harare to Mana Pools and back again.
  • All meals, teas and coffees.
  • Local Beers, Wines and Soft Drinks
  • Park fees
  • Open private photographic vehicle, 3 rows of seats in rear, 1 host seat next to driver
  • All game drive and walking activities.
  • Services of Tusk Photo host photographer.

 

This Safari does not include

  • Imported liquors and drinks from the bar.
  • Gratuities and expenses of a personal nature.
  • Costs for Visas (if applicable)
  • Telephone Calls
  • Travel to and from Harare from your International destination.

Optional Safari Extension

This safaris has an optional 3 night pre safari extension, date are 26 – 29 October 2017 and can be found on the Dates & Prices tab above.

Dates & Prices

Departure Date Return Date Tour Cost SADC Rate Availability Location
26 October 201729 October 2017ZAR ZAR 179003Book View More
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29 October 20173 November 2017ZAR ZAR 338001Book View More
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