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12 Days Thrilling Safari in Zimbabwe

  • Harare - Mana Pools National Park

Exhilarating Safari Zimbabwe

If you are looking for an amazing safari where you can have an unforgettable wildlife experience, then this safari is perfect for you! This safari is designed specifically to show you the diversity of the Mana Pools National Park, where you will stay in different camps to make you feel like you are moving to a different park as you move around this large national park, which often rated as one of the best in Africa. This is an excellent safari for photographers, wildlife enthusiast, and those who enjoy the freedom of walking among some of Africa's big animals!

Highlights

  • Guided walks
  • Evening game drive
  • Safari with open vehicle
  • Air transfers to and from Harare
  • 12 nights' accommodation
  • National parks fees
  • Daily meals
  • 11 activity days
  • English
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This safari includes 11 nights' accommodation. Your accommodations are elaborated as follows:

Casa Kadiki Guest House in Harare (1 night)

Casa Kadiki Guest House provides a very unique and homely accommodation for the discerning business and leisure traveler. Situated in close proximity to fantastic restaurants and minutes away from Harare city center, Casa Kadiki Guest House is equipped with 7 beautiful individually decorated en-suite rooms all of which lead out to their own verandas with beautiful gardens, water features, and relaxing sounds of bird-life.

Kanga Camp in Mana Pools National Park (2 nights)

Set in the most remote part of the World Heritage Site in Mana Pools is the Kanga Camp, a camp that offers 6 tents with en-suite bathroom facilities and outdoor showers overlooking the water hole. The main area has a comfortable lounge and dining area, offering you the views of a very active water hole. Relax in the lounge under the shade of a mahogany or sit on the deck below near the splash pool and enjoy Kanga - the old Africa in a new era. Pristine and undeveloped, this area gives you a pure, unspoiled, private African safari experience.

Four luxury meru-style tents all furnished simply yet elegantly in this camp, with en-suite bathroom facilities which include flush toilets and running hot and cold water. All rooms have view to the pan.

Facilities

  • Battery charging facilities
  • Laundry service
  • Pool
  • Outside shower
  • Balcony / deck

Mana Pools floodplain mobile tented camp in Mana Pools National Park (4 nights)

This is a comfortable mobile tented camp set up on the banks of the Zambezi River. The camp has large walk-in style tents with en-suite facilities and from here you will be able to explore the whole Mana Pools flood plain area, either on foot or by the vehicle. The meals in this camp will be served al fresco under the canopy of trees that line the river bank and always with the sounds of the bush in the background.

You will be amazed by the density of wildlife on the floodplain that are drawn by the water and food provided by the Zambezi River. The things that you can do here including tracking on foot a pride of lions or one of the packs of wild dogs that hunt through this area. Following the big elephants as they make their way through the day is also a great way to spend some safari time. Try to do as much walking as possible as this is the best way to enjoy the Mana Pools experience.

Chitake Springs mobile tented camp in Mana Pools National Park (3 nights)

This camp is closer to the Zimbabwean side of the Rift Valley in a remote area with an amazing and permanent spring that supplies water to a large number of animals in the dry area. All through the day and night, there is a steady flow of animals coming and going to Chitake Springs and of course with this comes the predators. This often makes a stay here quite action-packed and your camp will also be set up right on the edge of the water so there is often wildlife very close to camp. As there are very few roads here, you will spend most of your time walking or just sitting at a vantage point watching the activity around this very active area.

Ruckomechi Camp in Mana Pools National Park (1 night)

Situated in a private concession with access to the western areas of Mana Pools National Park, Ruckomechi Camp accommodates guests in ten spacious en-suite tented units, including two family units, all of which overlook the wide Zambezi River. The camp is set among broad-canopied Ana trees, much loved by the elephants for their rich nutritious seeds. The central dining, bar, and lounge areas face the escarpment across the river, and are connected to the rest of camp by low-level walkways. Other facilities include a pool with sun loungers, a fire deck, and a bath with a view in a secluded spot. Wildlife viewing takes place in open vehicles, on foot, on motorized pontoon boats or on canoes. This camp, which equipped with 10 tents, can accommodate 20 guests and 4 children, plus 2 guide / pilot / tour leaders sharing, subject to concession numbers and/or concession availability.

Facilities

  • Bar
  • Library
  • Pool
  • Room amenities
  • Balcony / deck
  • Outside shower,
  • Safe
  • Laundry service

Day 1: Harare

When you arrive in Harare, Doug Macdonald's Safaris to Africa will meet you and transfer you to Casa Kadiki to relax and enjoy the beautiful gardens in readiness for your safari that will start the following day.

Day 2: Mana Pools National Park

You will have a morning charter flight that will take about 90 minutes to get you into Mana Pools. Then, the safari will start from the moment you land in Mana Pools.

Day 3: Mana Pools National Park

Kanga Pan is a great way to start a safari as all the game comes to the waterhole right in front of the camp. The situation is a photographer’s dream. It provides you the opportunity to watch the big and little creatures enjoying the water.

Day 4: Mana Pools National Park

You will travel in an open safari vehicle through the Mana Pools Park and down to the Zambezi River where the mobile tented camp will be set up on the banks of the Zambezi River.

Day 5 - 7: Mana Pools National Park

The time on the Mana Pools floodplain will be spent either driving or walking, according to the conditions and your preferences. It's a beautiful area filled with wildlife so you can just sit, watch, and enjoy what happens around you. Or, maybe you can go track a pride of lions should you wish to.

Day 8: Mana Pools National Park

You will leave the floodplain and travel back inland to the edge of the Zambezi Rift Valley where there is a permanent spring which flows over a river bed and is a focus for many animals in this otherwise dry area. These, of course, makes it a key place for predators to hunt from so days here can be quite action-packed. The camp here will be set right on the banks of the river.

Day 9 - 10: Mana Pools National Park

There are no real roads around Chitake so you will spend most of the day watching the water from various vantage points and walking around the area. A great wilderness experience.

Day 11: Mana Pools National Park

Today, you will leave Chitake and travel back to the Mana floodplain and go right the way up to the western end of Mana Pools to a private concession area. This gives you the flexibility to go out onto the river by boat and do night drives in this very productive area and very comfortable camp.

Day 12: Departure

Today, your charter flight will leave Mana Pools. Your charter flight will be scheduled to suit your international flights, so there could be a time for a bit more safari in the morning or just sleep and enjoy the view.

During this safari in Zimbabwe, you will visit Harare and Mana Pools National Park.

Harare

Zimbabwe’s capital city is the country’s most cosmopolitan and contemporary destination, dotted with restaurants and bars, shops and markets. Its proud historical and cultural heritage is reflected in several well-preserved old buildings and informative museums, while there are also many parks and gardens providing a pleasant contrast to the bustling urban sectors. Located within easy reach of the city center are the Mukuvisi Woodlands, comprising over 250 hectares of natural wilderness, while The Kopje - a rocky hill to the southwest of Harare - offers great views over the city.

Mana Pools National Park

The life-giving power of the Zambezi River makes Mana Pools National Park one of Zimbabwe’s most lush and flourishing regions, designated as the country’s second World Heritage Site and known as one of the continent’s premier game-viewing regions. Canoe trips are offered all year round and provide a unique and memorable way for visitors to experience the area’s striking scenic beauty and diverse fauna, while the guided walks are a great way to take its pristine riverside forests.

Sadza is Zimbabwe's native cuisine, a cooked porridge made from ground maize which is normally be accompanied by some tasty relish, perhaps made of meat and tomatoes, or dried fish. Safari camps will often prepare sadza if requested, and it is almost always available in small restaurants in the towns. The camps, hotels, and lodges that cater to overseas typically serve a variety of international fare, and the quality of food prepared in the most remote bush camps is usually excellent.

Water in the main towns is usually purified. The locals drink it, and are used to the relatively innocuous bugs that it may harbor. If you are in the country for a long time, then it may be worth acclimatizing yourself to it. However, if you are in Zimbabwe for just a short period of time, then try to drink only bottled, boiled, or treated water available in towns and from all camps, lodges, and hotels.

  • 12 nights' accommodation
  • Air transfers to and from Harare
  • Daily meals
  • Game drives
  • Guide
  • Guided walks
  • National parks fees
  • Dinner and drinks in Harare
  • International flights
  • Tips and gratuities
  • Travel insurance
  • Visa fees
  • The deposit is fully refundable if the booking is cancelled up to 2 days before the arrival date.
  • The rest of the payment should be paid on arrival.

Testimonials

  • Review by Jason Cary
    9 out of 10

    "You cannot go wrong with hiring Doug as a safari guide. His knowledge of the bush and the animals that live there is amazing! We had a wonderful safari in Mana Pools with the highlight being Doug tracking a pack of 21 Wild Dogs on foot and getting to watch them play and interact by the river was incredible. We had the sighting all to ourselves as well."

    Doug Macdonald's Safaris to Africa Facebook page, edited

  • Review by Violette Wood
    9 out of 10

    "Doug did a wonderful job guiding us in Mana Pools. Thanks for keeping us out of the way of that Black Mamba. The Natureways canoeing and Chishakwe visit in Mana Pools made for a seamless 3-part trip. I hope to travel with Doug again!"

    Doug Macdonald's Safaris to Africa Facebook page, edited

  • Review by Peter Christianson
    9 out of 10

    "Every detail of our Zimbabwe safari was perfectly organized and executed. We felt so well taken care of during our adventures in Victoria Falls, Hwange NP, and Mana Pools NP. It was a magical trip full of the most beautiful animals and people. To top it off, Doug met us in the end to be our personal guide in Mana. Such a warm, caring person with an incredible amount of knowledge to share. Can't wait to contact Doug again for our next Africa trip!"

    Doug Macdonald's Safaris to Africa Facebook page, edited