$4599 per person
7 nights and 8 days
Mana Pools National Park
Perched on the southern banks of the Zambezi in Northern Zimbabwe is Mana Pools National Park, a destination so beautiful that will for sure take your breath away. It is rich in diversity and famous for walking and canoeing safaris, Mana Pools is indeed a Disneyland for Wildlife. Mana Pools in a UNESCO world heritage site that boasts an astounding array of wildlife and on a safari, you can expect to see Hippos, Elephants, Buffalo and lots more. The dry ecosystem attracts prey around waterholes which is a great place to see Big Cats hunting.
Mana’s beautiful landscapes are dotted with acacia trees, which in the dry season is very essential in providing the much needed shade to the parks’ more than 12,000-strong elephant population. With no proximity to human settlements, savour the prized feeling of remoteness. If you are in Mana Pools in winter, brace yourself to be exploring the UNESCO site amidst one of the highest concentrations of Wildlife in all of Africa. It is an authentic safari experience for which words can do no justice.
Hwange National Park
Spread across a mind-blowing 14,650 sq km, Hwange is the largest National Park in Zimbabwe. The park’s name has its origin from a local Nhanzwa Chief. Before 1929, when it was declared as a protected area, Hwange was the royal hunting ground of Ndebele warrior-King Mzilikazi. Spanning such a large area, the park is home to over 100 species of mammals and almost 400 species of birds. The most astounding fact is the sheer size of its elephant population numbering about 40,000 tuskers, whose presence is world-renowned and a treat to the eye to watch day after day.
The dry season between July and October forces large concentrations of wildlife – mainly huge herds of elephants – to descend down into the area to drink from the many waterholes to survive the unforgiving heat and hostile environment. This is one of the best times to be in the park. The rains between December to March causes the wildlife in disperse across the plains making it harder to spot wildlife. But the summer showers also bring forth amazing vegetation that ensures great opportunities for bird-watching, both resident and migratory species. Hwange National Park truly is a year-round paradise.
The safari officially begins at the Robert Gabriel Mugabe International Airport (HRE) in Harare, Zimbabwe. Fly out on a scheduled flight to the famed Mana Pools National Park. On arrival at the airstrip, guests are transferred to camp for check-in. After a sumptuous lunch, it is time to get out into the wild and experience Zimbabwe’s raw wilderness.
Located on the banks of the mighty Zambezi, the expedition camp offers one of the best ways to explore and experience Mana Pools. The luxury camp consists of 6 twin bedded mini-meru style tents with en-suite bathroom facilities and toilets with flushing and al fresco bucket showers, thus giving luxury camping a new definition. It sports simple yet elegant and comfortable facilities and suits the tastes of those seeking luxury in the middle of no where.
Spend the entire day along the Zambezi River exploring different parts of the Mana Pools National Park.
Enjoy the last morning on the Zambezi River before moving inland to another incredible destination in the Mana Pools National Park by the Kanga Pan.
Our next camp on this itinerary is located within a private concession part of the UNESCO World Heritage Site, Mana Pools National Park. During the dry season, the Kanga Pan is a rich source of water and the camp itself overlooks the pan offering guests a chance to experience the rich vegetation of Mana Pools and its amazing predator sightings which include Lions and the rare and endangered Wild dogs.
Overlooking the Kanga Pan, six traditional canvas tents with exclusive views are placed on a raised wooden deck. The elegant design of luxury tents with subtle wooden furnishings, floor-to-ceiling mesh netting comes with all the essential amenities. It is indeed a home away from home.
Spend the entire day around the Kanga Pan exploring different parts of the Mana Pools National Park.
Today, guests checkout from the camp and are transferred to the airstrip for a scheduled flight to Hwange National Park. On arrival at the Hwange airstrip, guests are transferred to camp for check-in. Guests are then treated to a hearty feast and soon it is safari time.
The Camp is built under a beautiful grove if Acacias in the heart of the Hwange National Park, a place which is infamously known as the land of giants for its large population of elephants. The location of this camp is an ideal setting which offers guests a trip of a lifetime to experience this exceptional wildlife heaven.
Overlooking a small pool, the camp’s main area is built on a decking and includes a palatial lounge and spacious dining area. Often, guests have the unique opportunity to experience elephants drinking off the swimming pool. Just a stones throw away is a beautiful waterhole which is frequented by large animals. It is a favourite mud-bath site for elephants that opens endless photographic opportunities and up-close encounters with the giants. The camp is cozy and consisting of six Meru Style Tents, each tent elegantly furnished and has en suite bathroom facilities with an outdoor feel.
2 full days of game drives & walking safaris in Hwange National Park tracking some of Africa’s most sort after wildlife.
After a last morning outing into The Wildside, guests checkout after breakfast and are transferred to airstrip for a scheduled flight to Victoria Falls International Airport (VFA) for connecting flights back home.