Natureways Safaris

Natureways Safaris is a well-established operator in Mana Pools, which offers an authentic and unique opportunity to experience the real flow of Africa.

Safari Holidays 10

Guides 2


Elijah or E.G. as he likes to be called as has been with Natureways Safaris for 5 years and has embarked on his career as a canoe guide with the company. Recognizing his enthusiasm for the bush and wildlife Natureways Safaris is nurturing his passion and assisting him to achieve his goal of one day becoming a professional guide. Until then, E.G. works as the team leader in Mana Pools while trying to achieve his 1,000 hours of canoeing necessary to become a qualified canoe guide.

James Varden

James is Zimbabwean born and raised. From a very young age, he showed a keen interest in the outdoors, preferring to play with skeletons and birds nests rather than toys. This love of nature was developed at school and upon leaving, he started his safari career in Hwange National Park with Touch the Wild safaris. James joined Natureways in 1991 under the tutelage of Garth Thompson. He attained his canoe license in 1992 and his full professional guide status in early 1993. James has been in Mana Pools for 13 years and countless guests have benefited from his knowledge and passion for the bush.

Testimonials 3

Helen Canada

Safari Bookings website

The Fish Eagle Safari was much better than I had expected. Everyday brought some amazing aspect whether it was the quiet mornings on the Zambezi River, blazing sunsets, hippos everywhere, Zambian fishermen in their handmade mokoros, beautiful birds, etc. Going to sleep looking at the stars from my tent while listening to the calls of the hippos echoing across the water is something else. The best part was the unexpected appearances of elephants, especially the group of 7 that crossed the channel to our island, checked out our camp, then moved on. Seeing them still there behind our camp in the morning was just another one of the thrilling aspects of this trip. For a camping trip the food was surprisingly good, fresh tasting, had variety, and was nicely presented. There was a safety brief at the beginning of the trip and each day there was a discussion of what we would do the next day, how to act and react in the various situations. I always felt safe and had every confidence in the guides who seemed to have comprehensive knowledge about every animal, bird, plant and insect there is. The office staff were extremely helpful in not only booking the trip, but also in providing advice on pre and post trip transportation and accommodations. This trip is one that I will never forget. Check out the photos on the Natureways Facebook page.

Susanne and Johannes Germany

Safari Bookings website

We spent 5 nights on the Fisheagle canoeing safari from Kariba to Mana Pools and 3 nights hiking at Chitake. It was the most amazing experience! Canoing down the Zambezi is awesome: the landscape along the river and the river itself keeps changing throughout the trip and you see more and more game the closer you get to Mana. Our guides Takesure and Manu were very professional and entertaining: we felt perfectly safe at any time, heard lots of interesting facts and stories and enjoyed very good meals every day. Chitake is a very special place. It is very remote and you hardly see any other people. Our camp was set up right at the riverbed which turned into an elephant highway every night. Exploring the area with our very experienced and knowledgable guides Craig and Elijah, we saw lots of plains game but also elephant, buffalo and lion close by. Highly recommended to everyone who loves nature and wants to travel off the beaten track!

Lynn United States

Safari Bookings website

Last year was the Mopane canoe and this year I did a private 3-night trip with the Shoreline itinerary, but camping on the islands. Outstanding combo. Guides Norman and Manu were excellent and we saw probably 150 elephants on the trip, plus many other mammals and birds. The day I spent in Natureways camp before leaving on the canoe trip was rewarding. We saw animals from the vehicle and on foot. The trip was booked through Doug Macdonald because the bulk of my Mana Pools trip was with him. I appreciated this unusual hybrid trip being made available to me.

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