Located about 100km downstream of the Kariba dam, on the Zimbabwean bank of the Zambezi, the Mana Pools National Park is one of the finest wilderness and wildlife areas in southern Africa.
Mana means ‘four’ in Shona, in reference to the four large permanent pools formed by the meanderings of the middle Zambezi. These 2,500 square kilometres of river frontage, islands, sandbanks and pools, flanked by forests of mahogany, wild figs, ebonies and baobabs, is one of the least developed National Parks in Southern Africa.
It was saved from a hydro-electric scheme in the early eighties which would have seen the flooding of this subsequent World Heritage site. It has the country’s biggest concentration of hippos and crocodiles and large dry season mammal populations of both elephant and buffalo.
- Four nights camping in Mana Pools
- Loads of photographic time
- All transfers and park fees
- All meals and all game drive activities
- All water, sodas and beers
- Two photographic facilitators
What’s not included:
- International Flights
- Passport and Visa Fees
- Airport Taxes
- Gratuities (at your discretion)
- Personal expenses
Wild Eye will gladly assist with your international travel arrangements so please feel free to contact us should you have any questions.
Photo Safari Itinerary
Day 1: We’ll fly out to Harare at early morning to arrive around 08h00. After a quick breakfast we will start be collected and transferred to Mana Pools where we will arrive around 14h00. Our first game drive will take us to Mana Mouth from where we will slowly make our way to our camp.
Day 2 to 4: All our activities will be based on getting the very best light and photographic opportunities. A cup of coffee will get us going and after a morning of photographing the wildlife and amazingly diverse areas of Mana we return to camp for brunch. The rest of the day will be spent around camp where you can either photograph the wildlife and birds in the nearby area or discuss your photographic goals and questions with your facilitators.
In the afternoons we will again head out in search of wildlife subjects and amazing light. When possible, and this is completely at the discretion of our guides, you will have the opportunity to photograph some of the animals and scenes on foot – a very unique experience – and our guides will also make sure to always get you into best positions possible!
Day 5: After an early morning game drive to look for those last shots we will head back to camp for breakfast and then start our transfer back to Harare. A late afternoon flight home will see the end to a fantastic photographic and nature experience.