Safaris In Zimbabwe
ULTIMATE MANA POOLS WALKING SAFARI
nights & 4 days walking (and/or canoeing) in mana pools
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safari takes place in probably Africa's finest walking and big
game area with one of Africa's finest guides. Garth Thompson
has been guiding in the Mana Pools area for the past 17 years.
A safari with Garth in the Zambezi Valley is one of the best
one can do in Africa. We have no set dates but can run the safari
anytime from May to October each year for private parties of
up to 7 guests maximum. There are a number of ways we can run
this safari and the choice will depend on each group, their
levels of fitness and the standard of accommodation they require.
We can vary the accommodation from a pure camping safari where
we camp out on the banks of the Zambezi, to a permanent tented
camp safari where we walk out each day from Ruckomechi or Chikwenya
Thompson is one of Africa's truly great naturalists, guides
and wildlife raconteurs. He is in his mid-forties, and has been
in the bush just about all his life. Most of what he has learnt
about wildlife has come from first hand experience. He has a
genuine love of nature and enjoys guiding his guests through
his favourite parts of Zimbabwe.
true love is walking, canoeing and Elephants, not necessarily
in that order. He has lectured on wildlife topics all around
the world. He was asked to give Prince Phillip a slide show
on Elephant in 1984, which he did privately in Buckingham Palace.
has lectured on Elephants to about 15 different Zoos in America,
in all the major cities of Australia and once to an audience
of 2800 in Calgary. He opened the AGM of the AAZPA (American
Association of Zoos Parks and Aquariums) in Milwaukee in 1998
with a speech titled 'Tourism, Africa's greatest Conservationist'.
has been operating in Mana Pools for 17 continuous years with
5 years at Hwange before that. He has guided from Rwanda down
to the wine regions of the Cape including all countries except
for Angola and Burundi.
enjoys taking groups for extended periods allowing time to learn,
appreciate and observe all the variety that each Park has to
offer, with an emphasis on Elephant encounters on foot and in
canoes. He likes to work in wild areas devoid of other people,
roads and vehicles.
1 TO DAY 3: MANA POOLS, LOWER ZAMBEZI VALLEY
Scheduled arrival at Victoria Falls Airport. Upon arrival,
our representative will meet and transfer you by light aircraft
to your respective camp in the Mana Pools area.
CAMP OR RUCKOMECHI CAMP (Inclusive of all meals, activities,
laundry and local drinks)
Chikwenya Camp is situated on the eastern boundary of
the Mana Pools National Park overlooking the Zambezi and Sapi
Rivers. Accommodation is in nine comfortable tented rooms under
thatch with en-suite facilities. Each room also has an outdoor
shower "under the stars" as well as the indoor showers.
There is a separate lounge and dining area, and a plunge pool.
The focal point at Chikwenya is the magical Zambezi River, its
backwaters, and the surrounding flood plains and forests. Chikwenya
Island just off-shore, harbours wonderfully diverse wildlife.
The area is a photographer's paradise, as tall albida trees
dot the open flood plains, with the mountains of the Rift Valley
providing the backdrop. The area is renown for its large numbers
of Elephant, Buffalo, Hippo, Crocodile, and Eland that concentrate
along the river when the inland waterholes dry up - especially
in the winter months. Leopard and Lion are in abundance but
are not seen as regularly as the other game. Game viewing is
enjoyed in open 4x4 vehicles, on motorised canoes, on foot,
in hides, and in canoes.
is situated on the western boundary of the Mana Pools National
Park. It is situated in a large grove of Acacia and Mahogany
trees overlooking the Zambezi River with a superb view of the
mountains of Africa's Great Rift Valley. The camp sleeps a maximum
of 20 guests in 10 thatched chalets. Facilities are en-suite
and include a shower, toilet and basin. There is one honeymoon
suite overlooking the Zambezi River. One of the camp's better
used facilities is an outside "bath with a view".
The central dining, pub and lounge area is under cool thatch,
on the river's edge, facing the escarpment. Ruckomechi offers
diverse game activities, including game drives in 4x4 vehicles,
boats, canoes, and fishing. Daily game walks are available with
an armed guide. The predators including Lion, Wild Dog, Leopard,
and Cheetah, are often sighted, and large concentrations of
Buffalo can be found along the river's edges. Kudu, Zebra, Impala
and Waterbuck can be seen on the surrounding plains, and Elephant
take advantage of the plentiful Albida trees in the area. Bird
watching tends to be good, with the river attracting large numbers
4: THE SAFARI ENDS
the morning game activity and brunch you depart your respective
camp and transfer by light aircraft to Victoria Falls, where
the safari ends.
Minimum 2 guests, maximum 7 guests.
The rate depends on the group size. Please contact us for a detailed quote.
Accommodation for 3 nights (style of accommodation will
influence the cost), all meals, walking with a professional
International flights, transfers to Mana Pools, visa fees,
airport and departure taxes, comprehensive travel insurance,
personal expenses, gratuities.
Several hours walking per day in one of the most unspoiled
wilderness areas in Africa, canoeing on the Lower Zambezi River,
January to June is very scenic in the Lower Zambezi Valley.
This pristine wilderness area is probably one of the most beautiful
places in Africa. The scenery is best during this time of the
June to October is dry season in southern Africa when foliage
has thinned out enough for good game viewing. It is also cooler
during the winter months (Jun - Sept).
of safari route:
to the Victoria Falls, Livingstone
the famous Victoria Falls - one of the natural wonders of the
world. Stay at the lodge of your choice (River
of Siankaba, Royal
Livingstone (excl. dinner) or Victoria
Falls Safari Lodge) situated on the banks of the
upper Zambezi. Fly from Mfuwe to Livingstone.
The cost of the extensions to Victoria Falls depends
on the choice of accommodation and the length of stay. Please
contact us for a detailed quote.
to the Luangwa Valley
Fly from Mana Pools to Mfuwe
in Zambia located close to South Luangwa National Park. The
major attraction is game vieiwing safaris, combined with walks
and night drives while staying at comfortable permanent camps
situated along the border of the park. Choose between
Bush Camp Company Camps.
The cost of the extensions to the Luangwa Valley
depends on the choice of accommodation and the length of stay.
Please contact us for a detailed quote.
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