The Best of Mana Pools is a truly unique adventure in an area nestled within the Zambezi Valley. Here 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.
Mana Pools is a superb safari destination and is regarded as being both Zimbabwe’s best park and one of the finest wilderness areas in Africa. During this ten day Best of Mana Pools safari you will soon realise how remarkably beautiful and diverse the area is. This adventure offers five lucky guests the opportunity to explore the wildlife-rich floodplain, the woodlands, “the last waterhole” further inland known as Kanga Pan, as well as the wildest place in Africa, Chitake Springs. We can ensure you that you’ll gain insight into the entirety of Mana on this safari and you’ll love every second of it.
The park is famous for its intimate, on foot encounters of its huge elephant herds, great sightings of lion and leopard as well as being one of the best places in Africa to find endangered wild dogs. The appeal of the park is not just its wildlife, it’s how you get to experience the bush in immersive ways staying in unfenced campsites in the midst of the wilderness and going on walking and canoeing safaris to see animals without the noise of the vehicle. This is a comprehensive safari experience to Mana Pools that will touch your senses in every way.
With all the above said, here is a small quote from a previous Mana Pools guest;
"The Mana Pools trips has got to be one of Wild Eye's best itineraries in that it combines three unique camps/areas in the perfect season, all which provides for great photographic opportunities."
- Dennis Stogsdill
Mana Pools truly is beautiful and words will never do it justice. This will only be fully understood once experienced.
We can tell you with confidence that on every Best Of Mana Pools adventure, something happens that you could never of imagined and it will leave you in absolute awe.
Included in the package:
- All accommodation specified in itinerary
- All meals & drinks
- All park & conservation fee's
- All safari activities
- Private safari activities
- 1 x Flight from Harare to Mana Pools
- 1 x Flight from Mana Pools to Harare
- Road transfers between safari camps
Excluded in package:
- Any international flights to the start location Harare & from the end location of the tour, Harare again
- Personal Items
- VISA costs
On arrival in Harare, you will meet a African Bush Camps representative as you walk out the luggage hall who will walk you to a coffee shop at the end of the terminal building where you will wait for to get on board a charter flight from Harare international to Mana Pools (Estimated flight time is around one and a half hours). Once you land in Mana Pools you will be met by your local guide who will transfer the group by road in an open safari vehicle to your first of three lodges. All transfers between lodges will be by locals guides by road which will be approximately two hours but can vary as you will get to enjoy game viewing along the way. On the last day you will get to enjoy you last morning activity before boarding a charter flight and travel back to Harare where the safari will end.
The areas you will visit during the Best Of Mana Pools
This exclusive camp consists of seven comfortable raised tents, built on the edge of the cliff, facing east, with a view of the rising sun above the magnificent Zambezi Valley floor.
Each tent has been designed with an emphasis on privacy and is surrounded by insect repellent gauze, allowing the air to circulate, contributing to maximum coolness. Inside each tent are 2 comfortable beds in flexible arrangements, to cater for everyone’s needs, as well as an ensuite bathroom.
In front, your private verandah directly over the edge of the cliff, giving a feeling of infinite space.
Get right among the wildlife in this termite mound shaped hide. Creatively designed to keep you cool and give you an astonishing 180 degree view of the water hole from elephant-foot level.
During the day you will see herds of game, beautiful and rare birds from the amazing vantage point.
After the sun sets, you may watch the predators approach, and catch a glimpse of those elusive nocturnal animals such as porcupine, leopards, honey badgers or even an aardvark!
The central dining and lounge area has two decks, providing a magnificent vista across the dry riverbed and to the waterhole below.
Cozy up on the sofa with a book and your binoculars or linger over a cool gin and tonic at the sun set plays with the colours of the valley floor.
There is a fire pit to relax by at night, gazing at the stars and looking out for nocturnal visitors. Enjoy your delicious dinner with a glass of wine to the sounds of lions calling and hyena whooping.
Kavinga is perfectly sited above the banks of the Rukomechi river in the heart of Mana Pools, close to the famous Chitake Springs. The camp is frequently visited by mighty predators; lion, wild dog, and leopard as well as smaller characters like civet and serval, mongoose and honey badgers. Plains and forest game alike come to drink from the waterhole as they cross the wide dry Rukomechi riverbed. Elephant spend a lot of time here, and in the dry season they dig into the riverbed to get to fresh water running metres below the surface in the underground river. The bird life is varied with numerous local specials like the elusive African pitta, carmine bee-eaters, honey guides, marshal eagles, and many other raptors.
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. At Zambezi Expeditions you will connect with nature in a deep and meaningful way.
Zambezi Expeditions offers simple accommodation in Mana Pools National Park. The camp is an unusual cross between a mobile camp and a permanent lodge, being set up at the beginning of each safari season in one of the national park’s campsites along the Zambezi River, where it stays until the end of the season.
Set under the shade of winter thorn and ebony trees, each one of six tents has en suite bathroom facilities and include a flush toilet, an outdoor bucket shower that is filled in the evening or on request. There is also a washbasin, for which hot water is provided in a Thermos flask in the morning and evening and the main area has charging facilities for your all-important electronics.
The tents are set either side of a simply but well-furnished open-sided mess tent with views of the river. Here you’ll find a dining table and small lounge area. The sides of this tent are open, allowing views of the river from a dining table and small lounge area. The overall feeling of Zambezi Expeditions is reminiscent of colonial safari camps from a bygone era, although the real focus of the property is on the safari experience rather than overly stylish accommodation. That said, you can be sure to expect high standards of service and with unique access to the Zambezi River, your days will be filled with adventurous safaris activities.
Situated within a private concession in Mana Pools National Park, Kanga Camp is an utterly untouched wilderness paradise. Adjacent to the remote Kanga Pan, the seasonal Kanga safari lodge offers an unspoiled, authentic Mana Pools safari experience. Aside from the Zambezi River many miles away, Kanga Pan is the sole source of water in the dry season, making this an absolute haven for wildlife. This diverse area has multiple vlei lines and mixed woodland types from Mopane woodland to Jesse bush and riverine forests. Kanga Camp works well in collaboration with Zambezi Expeditions where you can enjoy very different areas within the same park.
Solar-powered Kanga Camp comprises of six tents all raised on individual wooden platforms for an elevated view over the Kanga Pan. Each Meru-styled tent is simple yet elegant, boasting floor-to-ceiling mesh windows to let in ample natural light and a light breeze. All tents are replete with fans, en-suite bathroom, flushing toilet, outdoor shower, hot running water and a secluded veranda. Kanga has a family tent which boasts a wraparound terrace facing the pan with private seating and dining areas. The honeymoon tent features a rolltop bath on the adjoining secluded deck, ideal for a romantic starlit bath. The inviting upper deck lounge under the shade of a mahogany tree is a super place to slip away to for some quiet time. Find refreshing respite at our plunge pool. Every home-style comfort is taken care of at this Kanga safari lodge, even a battery charging station for your all-important electronics.
After the busy vehicle/foot bound activities schedule over the first few days, Kanga Camp offers some highlights that are less strenuous and the very reason why the journey ends with Kanga Camp.
A unique experience possible from Kanga’s main deck, right at the edge of the watering hole is a drawcard on your Mana Pools safari. Mealtimes, punctuated by wildlife dropping in to slake their thirst, are unforgettable. Spot searching nocturnal animals from the viewing deck as they drift in after dark, mere meters from your dinner table, offers a thrilling encounter with nature.
The Kanga Hide:
This one of a kind feature within our host of camps attracts an array of wildlife such as elephant, leopard, wild dogs, antelope and bird species. A highlight for photographers, Kanga’s unique hide offers a beautiful way to experience nature from a safe, immersive vantage. Capturing a copper sunset bathed in the soft, amber light of ‘magic hour’ is an experience not to be missed.
Activities in Mana Pools including guided walking safaris and thrilling game drives are led by qualified, experienced and passionate guides who will share their knowledge and love of the bush with you.
Weather in Mana Pools in August;
The Dry season is from April to October, bringing pleasant weather and a bright, clear sky. Although there is a warming trend in August, these months are typically the coldest and driest. Daytime temperatures are around 28°C/82°F, but at night and during the early mornings the temperature hovers around 12°C/54°F. Warm clothes are essential for early morning game drives.
As you will be visiting a variety of the areas, from beautiful wide open floodplains to the dense forests, the camera gear you pack may be quiet specific.
We would recommend that you carry at least two camera bodies to eliminate changing lens in dusty environments. Lenses we recommend is one with a focal length of no shorter than 300/400mm as animals you encounter may be quiet far off at times. A great lens for these areas will be a 70-200mm as this is a perfect lens to use to show off the animal in its environment. The use of a wide lens such as a 24-70mm will come into great use if you get to enjoy a close up visit by an elephant or two. Make sure you have ample storage may it be if form of multiple memory cards and/or and external hard drive/laptop to store your images on.
Some other equipment to keep in mind;
- Good quality sunglasses, UV protected, preferably polarised.
- If you wear contact lenses, we recommend that you bring along a pair of glasses in case you get irritation from the dust.
- Torch or a head lamp.
- Personal toiletries (basic amenities are supplied by most establishments).
- Malaria tablets (if applicable).
- Antihistamine tablets if you suffer from any allergies.
- Anti nausea tablets if you suffer from motion sickness.
- Moisturising cream and suntan lotion, SPF 30 or higher recommended.
- Lip balm.
- Insect repellent for body application, e.g. Tabard, Rid,
- Basic medical kit (aspirins, plasters, Imodium, antiseptic cream and antihistamine cream, etc.)
- Tissues/Wet Wipes.
- Visas, tickets, passports, money, insurance details, etc.
- Waterproof/dustproof bag/showercap or cover for your camera.
This is why you should join Wild Eye on the Amboseli & Lake Nakuru safari
Wild Eye has been hosting safaris in Mana Pools since 2013 (7 years) and have great relationships with the operators we use on the ground. What makes this so important is that they know exactly what type of safari experience Wild Eye is looking for and always deliver the very best.
We can tell you with all confidence that we truly understand what a safari through Mana Pools is all about, from the logistics to accommodation. Throughout the years we have mastered the craft and now provide the best possible safari experience our guests could ever imagine.
By combining the exclusivity of a the camps we use safari experience and the passion, knowledge and experience of the teams we use on the ground in Zimbabwe, we have taken a Zimbabwe safari experience to a whole new level, giving you what we believe is the very Best Of Mana Pools.
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