Dates

12/10/2016 – 23/10/2016

Photographic opportunities

This safari will take us to one of the most remote and wild areas in Africa, Mana Pools NP, on the banks of the Lower Zambesi river. We’ll spend four nights on the floodplains and three nights at a permanent spring in the inland, Chitake. We’ll also spend 3 nights in Matusadona NP, on the shores of Lake Kariba.

The most striking and unique feature of Mana Pools is the possibility to approach animals on foot. Animals are habituated to people walking and generally are not alarmed or scared. The thrill of sitting next to a pride of Lions or a few meters away from an Elephant feeding is nothing short of unforgettable. Photographically it is also extremely interesting; the photographer has much more freedom in choosing the position, the angle, the distance, the framing, as opposed to when you are confined to a vehicle on a track

In the dry season the floodplains attract big herds of Elephants and solitary bulls, along with Buffalos, Elands, Impalas, Greater Kudus, Waterbucks, Zebras and Warthogs. Predators also abound. It is probably the best place in Africa to see big packs of Wild Dogs and Lions are also commonly seen. We’ll have a chance to follow the predators on foot, while they hunt, drink, play or simply rest. We’ll also have a chance to spend time with Elephants on foot at extremely close range, a simply unforgettable experience.

In Chitake we’ll watch big herds of Buffalos and other herbivores come to drink and we’ll track Lions on foot. We’ll have dinner right amongst the animals going to drink a few meters away from us.

Matusadona NP is excellent for Elephants and Lions on the lake Kariba shore, with the wonderful backdrop of the dead trees rising from the lake. Birdlife is extraordinary and sunsets are breathtaking.

Participants

This safari will be for a maximum of six (6) people. Five people are required for the safari to take place. We’ll all seat in one open vehicle, as most of the photography will be done while on foot.

Walking Safaris

In Mana Pools NP, walking is allowed. We’ll live extraordinary experiences in close contact with the wildlife. We’ll leave camp in the morning with our 4×4 vehicle and head out in the floodplains looking for predators or their tracks. Upon locating a fresh track we’ll leave our vehicle and follow it on foot until we find the animals we are looking for. While walking in the park we’ll have to strictly follow the rules the guide will give us, and there will be no danger. Upon encountering wild animals we’ll have all the time for our photography. In Chitake, the camp is very near to the spring so we’ll walk straight out of camp and search for predators’ activity or photo opportunities.

Camps

In Chitake we’ll sleep in a mobile camp appositely put up for our group on the banks of the dry river bed. The camp has basic tents, showers and toilets. Food is cooked fresh in camp and is exceptional. On the floodplains we’ll sleep in a comfortable luxury camp right by the Lower Zambesi river.

In Matusadona we will sleep in a beautiful camp right on the lake, visited regularly by Elephants.

Guides

Federico Veronesi will be your accompanying professional photographer. For this trip our guide is one of the most experienced and sought after guides in the park, with an unmatched experience, intimate knowledge of the park and its animals.

The local guide and Federico will work together to ensure that our guests will be in the optimal position for photography and to live amazing experiences in safety in the wilderness of Mana Pools.

Previous Guests’ Comments

“…Mal d’Afrique… 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. …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…..To relive it all, I work on my pictures… For me Mana is now the ultimate safari” Ana Zinger, 2014 Mana Pools Safari 

“…Mana Pools has been an amazing experience. The place is wonderful, I don’t know if Heaven exists as a real physical place or just as a place for the soul, but if it exists I think it’s there. Lions and Elephants walking through camp, breakfast in the Zambesi river, sitting in the shadow of a wild Elephant or watching it feed less than a meter away protected just by a fallen log has been an experience that will live forever in my heart. If I were to define this trip I would say, the ultimate safari. Never have I felt so immersed and involved in nature as on this safari” Paolo Ognibene, 2014 Mana Pools Safari

Price

The cost for this safari will be 6,500 USD p/person on sharing basis, including:

  • Bed & breakfast accommodation for 1 night in Harare;
  • Full board, all inclusive accommodation for 7 nights in Mana Pools and 3 in Matusadona;
  • Park Fees;
  • Guiding and photography tutoring by Federico Veronesi;
  • Unlimited game viewing activity exclusive for our group, including walking safari, game viewing and canoe trips;
  • Guiding by local professional safari guide, certified to accompany people on foot;
  • All transfers.

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Elephant family entering water of Lower Zambesi River in Mana Pools at sunset

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Ground level image of Pride of Lions resting in shade in late afternoon light in Mana Pools NP

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