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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.

Our Camp set along the banks of the Zambezi River is in a prime location to maximise our photographic opportunities. We have the freedom to choose how we would like our daily itinerary to run. The accommodation and Camp 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 6 night tour costs also include the chartered flights from Harare to the camp and back again.

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 and leopard 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 ve hicles 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.

Zambezi Expeditions: showcases one of the most magnificent settings in Zimbabwe’s iconic Mana Pools National Park. Comfortable yet classic, the camp offers the kind of intimacy with nature that can only be achieved by immersing yourself in the heart of the wild. Fall asleep to the sound of the flowing river and chuckles of hippo and wake-up with the dawn chorus to a spectacular African sunrise.

Set under the shade of winter thorn and ebony trees, each tent has en suite bathroom facilities with hot bucket showers and the main area has charging facilities for your all-important cameras. With unique access to the Zambezi River, your days will be filled with adventurous tracking of game along the shorelines by foot, and maybe the occasional fishing for the iconic tiger fish. An absolute must, however, is a game drive in an open 4 x 4 along the flood plains and into the heart of the Mana Pools UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Safari Highlights

  • Photography on foot and vehicles
  • Small group safari, only 4 guests
  • Iconic scenes of Elephant standing on their back legs feeding on Albida trees
  • Numerous other species including Wild Dogs, Lions, Buffalo and an abundance of plains game
  • Open game viewers
  • True private Wilderness experience

This safari includes

  • Flight from Harare to Mana Pools and back again.
  • 6 nights Accommodation
  • 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.

Day 1

Meet at Harare International Airport for our flight to Mana Pools, arrive in time for an afternoon activity

Day 2 - 6

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 campfire. We spend 6 nights at our camp on the banks of the Zambezi River.

Day 7

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.

Dates & Prices

Departure Date Return Date Tour Cost SADC Rate Availability Location
13 September 202419 September 2024USD 11990N/A8Mana PoolsBook
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