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9 DAYS FROM 7370 PP

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SEPTEMBER 2024

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Discover Zimbabwe Small Group Safari

Located between the Zambezi and Limpopo rivers, this landlocked country is one of Africa’s most stunning. Immerse yourself in the intense wildlife experience of both Hwange National Park and Mana Pools, two wildlife rich gems, home to high numbers of elephants, lions and the elusive African painted dog. Lead by expert guides throughout, firstly Chris Warden who traversed over 32,000 miles of uncharted territory in a career spanning 30 years. At Verney's you will be hosted by Themba Sibanda, a Zimbabwean Professional Guide who is an expert in walking safaris and has a passion for birding. At Ingwe Pan you’ll be with Richard Yohane who has spent over 11 years guiding in Mana Pools and loves heading out on walking safaris and onto the river. Finally, at Mana River Camp you will be guided by Shaun Malan who focusses on photography and conservation showing you all the best angles so you can keep the memories of your unforgettable trip forever.

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Why book this trip?

  • Enjoy 4x4 game drives in both Hwange National Park and the UNESCO world heritage site of Mana Pools in search of wildlife
  • Explore the park's giants on foot with the very best Zimbabwean pro guides, walking safaris are an incredible way to get up close and personal with nature and you may even get close to some of the parks giants.
  • Witness the famous standing elephants of Mana Pools as they feed from the winterthorn trees alongside the mighty Zambezi heritage site of Mana Pools
  • Take part in morning canoeing excursions, paddling down the Zambezi is a truly unique way to view wildlife and a great opportunity to meet the resident hippos
  • Finally learn how to use that camera properly, Shaun Malan will offer you some precious guidance on how to take the perfect wildlife shot

Day by Day Breakdown

Day 1, 21 Sep: Victoria Falls - Hwange National Park

Upon arrival into Victoria Falls, you will be met and assisted to your light aircraft flight to Robins Camp Airstrip in Hwange Nationals Park. After brunch, join Chris Warden as his stories transport you back in time, from Chris’ rendition of Livingstone’s story to the history of Hwange National Park. (L, D)

Day 2, 22 Sep: Hwange National Park

Enjoy morning and afternoon game drives inside this amazing, world famous reserve, known for its huge herds of elephants which congregate along the waterholes. (B, L, D)

Day 3, 23 Sep: Intercamp Transfer

After your morning's game activity, you will be driven to the airstrip for your light aircraft flight to Manga Airstrip. From here you will be game driven to your next camp. Upon arrival at your camp, check into your room and have lunch. Following brunch, take pleasure in participating in an enlightening presentation by Themba Sibanda on the bird-life of Hwange National Park. In the afternoon, head out on a game activity in this area of the park. (B, L, D)

Day 4, 24 Sep: Hwange National Park

Enjoy game drives in the central area of the park, with different landscape and wildlife opportunities to the Northern sector where you spend your previous nights. After brunch, enjoy an informative presentation by Painted Dog Conservation. (B, L, D)

Day 5, 25 Sep: Hwange National Park - Mana Pools

This morning you will transfer to Manga Airstrip for your charter flight to Mana Pools. On arrival you will be met and transferred to your accommodation at Ingwe Pan. Time permitting you will head out on your first game activity to explore this wonderful area. After brunch, enjoy engaging in an informative presentation by Richard Yohane, discussing the avian wonders of Mana Pools. (B, L, D)

Day 6, 26 Sep: Mana Pools National Park

Activities include day game drives in open Land Rovers, but the main activity and one of the best ways to experience this beautiful part of Africa is to head out on a walking safari with an experienced guide. This area is all about the big game - large elephant bulls, big herds of buffalo as well as lion, leopard and wild dog. (B, L, D)

Day 7, 27 Sep: Mana Pools National Park - Intercamp Transfer

After your morning's game activity, you will be driven to your next camp, enjoying a game drive enroute. Upon arrival at your camp, check into your room and have lunch. In the afternoon head out on a game activity in this area of the park. With any luck you’ll come across some lion or leopard which are frequent sightings in the park. Following brunch, relish the opportunity to engage in an enlightening presentation by Shaun Malan, focusing on the art of photography. (B, L, D)

Day 8, 28 Sep: Mana Pools

Old river meanders, left in the mineral-rich volcanic soils, have formed into small ox-bow lakes surrounded by lush vegetation and tall old stands of mahogany and ebony. This abundance of water and luxuriant greenery accounts for the valley’s wealth of big game. Mana River Camp (B, L, D)

Day 9, 29 Sep: Mana Pools National Park - Depart Harare

Today you will be transferred to Mana Main Airstrip for your light aircraft flight to Harare where you can connect with your departing

Your Accommodation

Deteema Springs Camp

In the northern reaches of Hwange National Park, Deteema Springs Camp enjoys an idyllic setting on the verge of Deteema Springs’ scenic waters and landscapes. In close proximity to the camp is Deteema Dam, which attracts wildlife ranging from Hwange’s famed large elephant herds through to predators, antelope, smaller game and plentiful birdlife. Activities include morning and evening game drives, walking safaris and game viewing from the comfort of your own tent.

Each of the eight canvas safari tents are positioned on raised wooden decks along the contour line of a hill to blend into the natural surroundings. Rooms are connected to the main areas by raised walkways, meandering between the natural rocks and indigenous trees.The communal main area consists of a dining area and lounge, as well as a swimming pool.

Verney’s Camp

Set in the heart of Hwange National Park on a private concession, Verney’s Camp invites you to immerse yourself in the natural beauty and diverse wildlife of Hwange National Park. Whether you’re observing elephants, lions, or a myriad of bird species from your private veranda or joining thrilling game drives, you’ll be captivated by the park’s enchanting wilderness. Featuring ten well-appointed tents, strategically positioned to provide stunning views of a bustling waterhole while ensuring guest privacy. Each tent boasts an en-suite shower, flush toilet, and double vanity, seamlessly blending modern comfort with the authentic feel of being on safari.

Ingwe Pan

Ingwe Pan Camp is a hidden gem nestled beside a large secluded pan within the pristine wilderness of Mana Pools National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, known for its abundant wildlife and stunning landscapes. This remote camp is approximately a 30-minute drive from the renowned Mana floodplain and the Zambezi River, offering guests an opportunity to experience the natural beauty of this exceptional region. One of the standout features of Ingwe Pan Camp is its excellent walking safaris, immerse yourself in the wilderness and explore the park on foot, getting up close to the incredible flora and fauna. Ingwe Pan Camp provides a tranquil and immersive safari experience in this remarkable corner of Zimbabwe.

Mana River Camp

Located on the shore of the Zambezi River, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, you will find Mana River Camp – one of the most friendly safari camps in the country. And if all this is not enough, Mana River Camp is also notorious for its delicious cuisine.Providing a warm family atmosphere of home away from home, the camp is owned and managed by Machaba Safaris - and their amazingly dedicated team. The camp offers a comfortable, homely and authentic safari experience.

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21 - 29 September 2024129 DaysSmall Group Safari7370

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