Situated in the northern region of Zimbabwe, on the southern banks of the Zambezi River, Mana Pools National Park will leave you breathless with its beauty. A paradise for walking and canoeing safaris, Mana Pools is a wildlife-rich, biodiverse wonderland that will delight at every turn.
You can expect to spot hippopotamus, crocodile, elephants and a wonderful array of aquatic birds within this UNESCO World Heritage Site, and there’s a good chance of seeing lioness’ hunting around waterholes, where prey are seemingly easy pickings.
The landscapes are beautiful too, dotted with acacia trees, whose shade becomes vital to the parks’ more than 12,000-strong elephant population in the dry season, as well as a sprinkling of vibrant plant life. Far away from any human settlement, you’ll relish the feeling of remoteness here. Surrounded only by extreme wilderness, and if you visit in winter, you’ll find yourself exploring amongst the highest concentration of wildlife in Africa. An experience for which words can do no justice.
Activities on your Mana Pools safari include guided walking safaris and thrilling game drives led by our qualified and passionate guides who will share their knowledge and love of the bush with you. Keeping step with African Bush Camps’ family-friendly nature.
7 days, 6 nights
These will be for discussion, critique and learning purposes. Aimed at beginner/intermediate as well as advanced photographers.
1st – 7th September 2023
7th – 13th September 2023
6 spaces available
$6,550 per person sharing
$8,400 per person single
$4,750 per person sharing
$6,150 per person single
Travel Insurance is mandatory for all of our safaris. Please read more about our policy in our Terms and Conditions.
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After meeting your tour guide, Lance, at Harare, we will catch our small charter plane to Mana Pools.
Upon arrival at the airstrip, we will be met by our guide who will transfer us to Zambezi Expeditions Camp for 3 nights. We will be welcomed and briefed at camp and depending on our arrival time, we can enjoy a tasty meal, before you head out for your afternoon activity, or we will go straight on our first drive from the airstrip itself.
Zambezi Expeditions Camp offers many activities like a canoe ride on the river, walking safaris and a game drives.
Being a photographic tour we will spend most of our time on the vehicle, however we will venture on foot when great photographic opportunities arise and lend themselves to this uniquely "Mana Pools" option.
Having three nights at Zambezi Expeditions, we will dedicate one activity to canoe rides if the group so chooses.
After waking early and enjoying a tea and coffee around the camp fire, we will make our way into the reserve to look for the best photographic opportunities.
Mana Pools is unique where you are allowed to be on foot with large game such as Elephants, Lions, Buffalo and Wild Dogs. Getting low to the ground can produce some magical photographs, so if the chance arises we will make the most of this.
Morning game drives are typically around 3 - 3.5 hours long, before returning to the camp for a well deserved breakfast.
Zambezi Expeditions is located right on the Zambezi river, which is one of the most stunning locations in all of Africa. Down time in the camp is a great chance to photograph animals, birds and the landscape of camp, as well as having one on one time with Lance to discuss images and editing techniques.
Lunch will be followed by another short siesta time, before heading back out into the reserve in the Afternoon looking for more award winning images.
On day 4 we enjoy one last game drive from our stunning Zambezi Expeditions camp, before relocating to its sister lodge - Kanga Camp.
Kanga Camp is further into the forested areas of Mana Pools and offers a very different camp experience. The camp has a large water hole right in front of the deck, which draws hundreds of animals throughout the day. Meal times are often shared with elephants right next to us, and if lucky, leopard and lion can sometimes be seen drinking as well.
Kanga Camp also has a photographic hide located at the camp, which if water levels are low enough, we may have the opportunity to use.
After checking into camp we will enjoy a delicious lunch, before heading out on our afternoon game drive.
From Kanga we have the option to travel further into the reserve searching for the cliché Mana Pools images of elephants standing on their back legs, as well as wide open spaces framed with golden dust and large trees with baboons on termite mounds.
Again, any opportunities we have to get off the vehicle and walk into photographic sightings with our armed guides we will make use of.
Down time on the deck with a drink in hand is an absolute must, waiting to see which animals join us right next to the lodge for a drink in the areas last remaining waterhole.
As our trip winds down to an end we will enjoy one last safari activity and breakfast in this amazing reserve.
Afterwards we will be transported back to Mana Pools airstrip to catch our flight back to Harare. This is the end of this particular tour, but can lead on to other great photographic destinations. A South Luangwa add-on is a fantastic way to round off this incredible part of the world.
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.
Set under the shade of winter thorn and ebony trees, each tent has en suite bathroom facilities with hot bucket showers and the main area has charging facilities for your all-important cameras. With unique access to the Zambezi River, your days will be filled with adventurous canoeing safaris, tracking game along the shorelines by foot, and fishing for the iconic tiger fish. An absolute must, however, is a game drive in an open 4 x 4 along the flood plains and into the heart of the Mana Pools UNESCO World Heritage Site.
What to bring with you:
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. Our 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 cameras.
What to bring with you: