Highlights: World Heritage site Mana Pools and Canoeing on the Mighty Zambezi River
Other departures: Manchester - £2969, Glasgow - £2969
Camp Zambezi is a static camp (mobile camp that does not move) offering rustic luxury set up on the bank of the mighty Zambezi River.Guests can experience the full range of safari activities including game drives, canoeing and walking.With no set itinerary each trip can be customised to the expectations of each individual group. The camp is perfect for those wishing to relax before starting or finishing a Travelpack safari.
About Mana Pools National Park:
Mana Pools National Park extends along 80kms of the Zambezi River, making for the best game viewing on the lower Zambezi. Mana Pools is the only game park in Zimbabwe to be granted World Heritage Status and encompasses some of Africa’s largest areas of acacia and mahogany woodland, combined with spectacular, full canopy mopane forest. Mana is part of a 300 million year old rift valley, supporting a large variety of mammals and over 400 bird species. The over 200 square kms of this park has been set aside to be kept as wild as possible with only non-invasive, zero-impact tourism allowed. Here one can participate in canoeing, walking and/ or game drives - or simply relax and take in the breathtaking beauty. Mana Pools is consistently rated in the top ten of Africa’s National Parks. Here there are no safari lodges, generators, electric fences or other structures often associated with safari camps as these are banned by law. All our camps must be taken down the day after our clients depart to ensure minimal damage to the ecosystem. Wildlife is abundant in the valley especially from June through to late October.
Day 1: Flight from London to Harare.
Day 2: Connect your air-charter into Mana Pools National Park where you will be met by your guide with ice cold drinks. You will then embark on a half hour drive through jesse bush and mopane scrub to Camp Zambezi arriving in time for lunch. You may, by then, already have met a few of your new neighbours - elephant, kudu, zebra, impala and many birds! A mobile tented camp will have been set up by the camp staff - walk-in mosquito proofed tents with en-suite chemical toilet, external long-drop toilets, hot showers and a dining area next to the fire where iced drinks and sumptuous bush-prepared meals will be served. Our chef will have prepared a delicious lunch to give you strength for the first afternoon’s walk - a familiarisation walk to see the lay of the land. Then back to camp for sundowners, a hot (or cold if you prefer) shower, and a fine dinner. Although tempting to stay awake to listen to the neighbours going about their nightly activities, but the beds are very comfortable and warm so it may be difficult to stay awake!
Day 3: To make the most of your day we suggest an early morning wake up, the hand basins outside each tent are filled with hot water before first light to allow you to shave or freshen up. Go straight out to check for spoor and animal activity around camp. Enjoy a beautiful sunrise and, on your return to camp, a light breakfast will be served with tea and freshly brewed coffee. After breakfast, set off on your morning’s activity, you may take to the river for the day (or morning), go by vehicle or on foot to explore the National Park. Whether you opt for land or water activities, half or full day, you can be assured of incredible experiences. The guide will carry a weapon, a first aid kit, a packed lunch and extra water. Clients may carry extra personal water and personal items for the day. Finally, back to camp for the night where a wonderful meal, hot shower, cold drinks and friendly staff are awaiting.
Day 4: Another day along the lines of day two - the choices are yours to make the most of this amazing spot. This fourth night will again be spent at Camp Zambezi - with all the trimmings.
Day 5: Depending upon the guests time of departure, or if guests are moving on to a canoe trail or alternative camp, they may either take another early walk before breakfast or have a bit of a sleep in! After that, there will be a short game drive to the airstrip or Nyamepi, Mana Main Camp, where we bid you farewell! As you depart with your memories, we know that this experience will have enriched your life and touched your soul!