I had a really wonderful time on the trip- and huge thanks to you & especially to Federico for making it go so smoothly & for some very special sightings!
I will also be in touch in next few days regarding a private trip that Myself, Sarah & Claire discussed with Federico to Amboseli & Serengeti in early 2021. I’m just going to get feedback from Sarah & Claire on ideal dates & then forward those on to you.
Thanks again for an amazing trip. We’ll be in touch about dates for 2021!
here just a few words, and sorry for the delay, as soon as I was back home I had to work, to sleep, to work, …
Everything was so far very okay, and yes, it was a very nice trip, especially with regard to wildlife experience and photography, the main goal of the trip.
I appreciated a lot the company of Federico, his passion and his (social and technical) skills…
My overall impression is very positive, thanks a lot to you, dear Laura, and to Federico.
With my best regards, and greetings for Federico
Talking about the trip to Zimbabwe last October: it was fantastic!!
I don’t think there could be a better way to celebrate ten years since my first trip to Africa. Without diminishing the great migration in the Masai Mara or Amboseli elephants, I think the two dinners in Chitake, in the darkness in the dry river bed, with the animals parading to drink a few inches from us, was my most emotional and intense moment that I lived in my ten years of trips to Africa. I would have stayed there longer if I could. The chef was also amazing, I don’t know how he could prepare such outstanding food in the middle of nowhere!
And it was great to cross the spring on foot, light up the dry elephant dung to chase the tse-tse flies, climb the river banks to follow the buffalos coming to drink, encountering two Civets chasing each other… all amazing moments. I would give Chitake a full 10 out of 10 and even if Federico said the tents were very basic (which is true), I wouldn’t change anything, it’s all perfect as it is.
Mana Pools was an amazing experience, thanks also to Nick, who is really an amazing added value. Having him makes you feel very safe even two meters away from a 5 tons elephant bull or ten meters from three Lionesses, or in the middle of a Wild dogs’ pack. Though he is quite expensive, I definitely wouldn’t want to do this safari with anyone else. The place is wonderful, and if Heaven exists as a physical place, or as a spiritual place, I really think it’s here in Mana Pools!
Beautiful tents on the shores of the Lower Zambesi with amazing landscapes and breath-taking sunsets, Lions and Elephants in the camp. Perfect cuisine, better than at any other camp I have been to.
The canoe trip with lunch in the middle of the river, with feet in the water, was an amazing moment. Encountering the Wild Dogs and watching the Elephant Stompy feed protected only by a fallen log, have been other unforgettable moments that will remain forever in my heart.
Should I describe this safari in just three words I would say: the ultimate safari. I don’t know if it’s clear enough, but I totally fell in love with Mana Pools, both Chitake and the floodplains.
I was forgetting about Matusadona. I loved it as well. The boat ride on the flat lake that looks like a sea, the dead trees forest rising from the water, the raised rooms on platforms with a stunning view on the lake, and the Elephants walking just around them, will remain in my memories.
“I could not help to write this email to you because I think you would understand. I could not think of anyone else that I could share what I'm feeling right now and you were also part of it. I'm suffering terribly of mal D' Afrique, my dear. Have you heard about that?
"Mal D'Afrique" is a French word that describes people who visit the African continent and feel deprived in some way when they return to their native country. Mana Pools has done this to me. I go to sleep and wake up longing to be there, surrounded by elephants, hearing the lions at night, having close encounters by foot and canoe. You should hear me sigh..... Ai, ai..... Mana Pools have spoiled me. It has engraved itself on my soul. I'm counting the days to go back. And now there is the wet season, christmas, new year, endless days.....” – Ana Zinger