Mana Pools National Park is in the far north of Zimbabwe. It includes the south bank and islands of the Zambezi River, which forms the border with Zambia. The park is known for wildlife visibility beside the river and in the flood plains. Large populations of elephants, hippos and Nile crocodiles gather at sunrise in the Long Pool. In the park’s south, lions wait for prey around the waterhole at Chitake Spring. Mana Pools is a RAMSAR site, Important Birding Area (IBA) as well as being a World Heritage Site. Mana Pools is listed as one of the Top 3 Wildlife destinations in Africa! There is nowhere else in Africa you will experience abundance, diversity and scenery as in Mana Pools.
BLD - Breakfast , Lunch or Dinner
Day 1 – Arrive Lusaka
On arrival at Kenneth Kaunda International Airport you will be met and driven to your guest house for the evening. Dinner is included. Pierre will meet you at the airport and ensure you are comfortable for the evening. If you arrive early into Lusaka there is the option of a visit to the Lilayi Elephant Orphanage. (D)
Day 2 – lower zambezi : mvuu lodge
The team will collect you from Zebra Guest House, we will have packed the vehicles with food and fuel. A half days drive from Lusaka lies our campsite for the night. Nestled in the trees on the banks of the mighty Zambezi River. We will spend the afternoon relaxing on the water’s edge game viewing from the comfort of a deck chair. A sunset cruise with Gin & Tonic will set the mood perfectly for your first evening in the bush. (BLD)
Day 3 - zambia to zimbabwe : chitake springs
With an early start to the day we drive to the border town of Chirundu for some groceries and fuel. Crossing the border in Zimbabwe there is a half day drive to our first campsite in Mana Pools after the Park entry formalities. We will game drive from the gate heading South to arrive at the springs as the animals come down for their afternoon drinks. (BLD)
Day 4, 5 and 6 - chitake springs
Our first night in Mana Pools will have been quite an eye opener! Lions spend a lot of their time waiting in ambush at the various water holes around the dry river bed, at night their roaring echo’s in the river bed giving the area a sinister feel to it.
Hyena whoop at night and if you listen carefully you can hear herds of elephant as they quietly walk down the river bed. Porcupine raid the campsites for the scraps we drop, baboons call out in distress – perhaps there is a leopard hunting them in the trees’.
Daily game drives, some walking and relaxing on the river banks while the animals parade - get your camp chair and let the spectacle unfold before you! (BLD)
Day 7, 8, 9 and 10 - nyamepi
After a relaxed breakfast on the banks of the river we will pack all our kit, break camp and head North for our next campsite for the following four days. We will be camping on the banks of the Zambezi River looking into Zambia. This campsite and area is very well known for spectacular sceneries and an abundance of wildlife.
Don’t forget your binoculars. You must have, or purchase, a good set as besides the wildlife there is fantastic bird watching and the view over the river is vast making binoculars a very important piece of equipment for this tour.
During the drier seasons there is very little water around, so all the wildlife must come down to the river for sustenance. This is precisely why we only run these tours during the best game viewing season of October and November. It may be hot, but this makes for a real bucket list experience! (BLD)
Day 11, 12, 13 and 14 - ndungu
Today we will move to a new campsite and a new perspective. Situated a fair distance to the West this is the furthest campsite in Mana Pools and once again we will have exclusive use of the area for the 3 days that we will camp here. Our days will be spent doing game drives with a packed lunch or simply relaxing by the waters edge as the animals drift past or wander through the campsite. Keep an eye out for circling vultures that will tell us of a predator kill, the shrill alarm calls of the birds will let us know is anything is causing them concern. This is wild excitement and adventure in Africa at its best. (BLD)
Day 15 – Mana Pools to Lusaka
After a leisurely start to the day we will break camp and exit the park. We will cross the border back into Zambia at the same point & continue on to Lusaka city. We will arrive in Lusaka midafternoon and check into the same guest house as on your first night in Lusaka. (BLD)