MANA POOLS... AT CLOSE QUARTERS

6 Day Photographic Tour
Details
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Tour Focus

Experience Wildlife on Foot
Breathtaking Mana Pools Forest
Intimate Elephant Encounters
Wild Dogs
Tented camp on the Zambezi Floodplain

We are very proud to offer a 5 night, 6 day photographic safari to the prestigious Mana Pools National Park situated in Northern Zimbabwe .

The Name ‘’Mana Pools” is a shona word meaning four and this refers to the four large pools situated inland from the mighty Zambezi River. The Reserve is very remote and has an extremely wild feel to it. Mana Pools is well known for walking safaris, and with 2,196 square kilometers to explore, the opportunities are endless.

Who is this Tour for?

Everyone & anyone is welcome, whether you are not interested in photography, an amateur photographer, somewhere in-between or a professional.

Tour Focus:

  • Photographing and spending quality time with animals on foot.
  • Daily encounters with high profile game such as elephants, lions and wild dogs.
  • Canoeing along the mighty Zambezi river whilst enjoying an abundance of bird life and a variety of animals along the water’s edge.
  • Morning and afternoon drives / walks exploring the flood plains and beautiful forest areas.
  • An intimate and relaxing setting with a family feel.
  • Experience one of the few places in Africa where you can walk and view wildlife comfortably on foot while immersing yourself with nature and all that surrounds you.
  • As an added bonus, those who enjoy fishing will have the opportunity to catch tiger fish, from camp, in the Zambezi River.

 

Other Photographic Opportunities:

Mana Pools Forest, Elephant, African Wild Dog, Lion, Bird Photography, General Game, Landscapes, Nightscapes

 

What to Expect:

This Safari is designed for anyone and everyone who has a love for nature and who wishes to experience and explore a new area, immersing themselves in the wilderness. The photographic potential is unmatched as it offers photographers the rare chance to photograph wild animals on foot in an environment that is totally unique to the area. The photographic opportunities, such as shooting from ground level or capturing elephants standing on their hind legs, make this trip a must for any wildlife photographer.

We love Africa & can’t wait to share it with you!

Mana Pools:

Mana Pools National Park is a 219,600 hectare wildlife conservation area and national park in northern Zimbabwe, situated in the Zambezi Valley where a flood plain turns into a broad expanse of lakes after each rainy season. As the lakes gradually dry up and recede, the region attracts many large animals in search of water, making it one of Africa’s most renowned game-viewing regions.

Mana Pools is accessible from May through to November. The area is teeming with life, including all of the Big Five and is great for wildlife photography, fishing, bird-watching, and is rich in vegetation diversity, from river frontage to forests of mahogany, wild fig, acacia albida and baobabs. Now a world heritage site, Mana has the largest concentration of hippo and crocodiles and many buffalo and elephant too. 

Arguably, the best feature of a trip to Mana Pools is the fact that visitors are able to view wildlife on foot. The animals are habituated and accustomed to humans approaching on foot and this allows visitors to become one with nature. This means that wildlife photography is unrivalled as photographers can get low angled shots and extreme close-ups or simply move on foot to create the best angles and composition for images. 

Often called an enchanted forest, the true beauty of the place has to be experienced.

Location
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Mana Pools Tented Camp

Mana Pools National Park is an incredibly beautiful and diverse area. Being able to spend time on foot is an exciting and exhilarating way to experience a photographic safari. The safari is limited to 6 guests which provides an intimate and relaxed atmosphere to enjoy one of the wildest places in Africa. Mana Pools is picturesque and is known for its incredible floodplains, beautiful faidherbia forests, abundance of wildlife and unusual photographic opportunities (such as elephants reaching for tree leaves on their back legs).

You will experience the beauty of Mana Pools from the comfort of an unfenced tented camp tucked away amongst large Natal Mahongany trees, pairing comfort with African wilderness. The experience will include daily animal encounters, sometimes without even leaving the camp.

Mwinilunga -Mweeneelooonga

We’ll be the first to admit, the name of our camp is not the easiest to pronounce! But once you’ve got it, you won’t forget it!  Mwinilunga District is located very close to the border where Zambia, Angola and the Congo meet. It is home to the spring between the rocks and the waterberry trees that form the very beginning of the mighty Zambezi River.  Being such a close family run business, Dave and Tess decided this name was perfect! The beginning of life is family.

We have a strong belief that change is an integral part of the environment. Why is our camp so eco-friendly? We believe that it is extremely important to conserve the biodiversity, the ecological processes and wilderness qualities of Mana Pools and we run our camps accordingly. We use sustainable fuels wherever possible, and have solar systems set up in camp.” ​

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Dates & Prices

Mana Pools – At Close Quarters

6 Day Photographic Safari
1-6 October 2017
ZAR55000 / $4200 / person
4/6 Spots Available
(Internal Transfers between Harare & Mana Pools can be arranged by us)

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FAQ

Frequently Asked Questions

Do I have to be a Photographer?
No, whether you are a photographer or not, we would love you to join us for an incredible experience where you can relax, enjoy some amazing sights & learn from some of the best guides!

How do I get to Mana Pools?

Flying into Mana Pools is the easiest and quickest option.
Flights option – OR Tambo JHB –Harare (HRE)  – Harare (HRE) – Mana Pools

Traveling by road is possible but a 4WD vehicle is essential. Mana Pools is 388km/241miles from Harare and takes roughly 6 hours in driving time.

We will assist you with these arrangements on booking.

What do I need to bring?
On booking we will provide you with a list of items to bring as a guideline.

What can I expect?

Mana Pools National Park is an incredibly beautiful and diverse area. Being able to spend time on foot is an exciting and exhilarating way to experience a photographic safari. The safari is limited to 6 guests which provides an intimate and relaxed atmosphere to enjoy one of the widest places in Africa. Mana Pools is picturesque and is known for its incredible floodplains, beautiful faidherbia forests and abundance of wildlife and unusual photographic opportunities (such as elephants reaching for tree leaves on their back legs).

You will experience the beauty of Mana Pools from the comfort of an unfenced tented camp tucked away amongst large Natal Mahongany trees, pairing comfort with African wilderness. The experience will include daily animal encounters, sometimes without even leaving the camp.

Malaria
Mana Pools is a Malaria area. We advise you to wear long pants after dark and use mosquito repellant as well as take all necessary precautions before your trip. We also advise you to chat to your local health specialist for advice.

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