OUR PHOTOGRAPHIC SAFARI STYLE
Our photographic safaris always focus on tracking wildlife, according to the experience of our guides and of the wildlife photographer who will host the group. To maximize the photographic aspects, there will never be more than two people in each row of the car, which will always be reserved for our small group. Our vehicle will always be positioned in the best way possible, thinking both about composition and light, to allow you to have great shots. In Mana we will mostly move on foot, using the vehicle to approach our area of interest. We will look for the best scenes everyday and stick to them as long as possible, in order to make the most out of every possible interaction
Eight unforgettable days. This trip has been planned and designed for all photographers and true nature lovers. We will sleep in 2 different tented camps, both of them UNFENCED. Four nights in Mana Pools in a permanent tented camp, in the flood plains area, designed to be dismantled without trace, basic but with all the necessary amenities. Three nights in Chitake Springs: sleeping in a mobile tented camp specially set up for our group and strategically located near the springs. We will explore these two areas of the park, both of them fascinating and unique. Normally we will get out before dawn, in a car in Mana and on foot in Chitake, looking for predators or interesting photo opportunities. We will follow the tracks as far as possible and, when close enough, we will continue the safari on foot and try to get as close as possible without scaring the animals and without interfering with their activities, while respecting security clearances. We will get back to Camp for lunch and again in the field till dinner time. In Mana Pools even the lions are accustomed to human presence and you will feel relaxed lying to photograph them from 10 mt away. All this will be possible thanks to the great experience of the rangers who will accompany us, armed, and the extraordinary feeling that they have with the animals of the area. The walking safari in Mana are really hard to explain in words, they must be tried!
7 nights on full board treatment, 2 activities per day (game drive, walking safari or canoe), and the pleasure of sleeping in unfenced camps, lulled by the roar of a lion or the sound of the forest
With a wildlife photographer always on your side
23-30 AUGUST 2017
THE MAGIC OF MANA POOLS AND CHITAKE SPRINGS
MANA POOLS NATIONAL PARK
The Mana Pools National Park is located in the heart of the Zambezi Valley, along the Zambezi River in Zimbabwe. It is an isolated and pristine area with spectacular views of the river flowing, flood plains, the crests of the trees and the slopes of the Rift Valley mountains sloping down to the border with Zambia. Mana Pools National Park is synonymous with Zambezi River, elephants, lions, wild dogs, wild nature and remoteness from civilization.
This park, unique in its kind, was elected as a World Heritage Site because of its beautiful flora, as well as the wide range of large mammals, aquatic wildlife and over 350 species of birds that inhabit it.
‘Mana’ means ‘four’ in Shona language and the park takes its name from the four main natural pools found along this section of the river Zambezi – Main, Chine, Long and Chisambuk. These are what is left of the river channels that have stopped flowing years ago. Along with other seasonal ponds scattered inland, these pools hold water throughout the year, attracting a concentration of all types of animals and water birds during the dry season.
The Mana Pools National Park is a true wildlife sanctuary. We will meet a lot of hippos, crocodiles and birds of all species along the Zambezi River. We will try to focus our attention on elephants, wild dogs and lions in the flood plains area, where we will find very relaxed elephants that will allow us to approach them and lie on the ground for shooting from unique angles. Mana Pools is famous for its packs of wild dogs and maybe it’s the best place in Africa where you can see these endangered animals. Leopards, cheetahs and other small predators are present in good numbers but more difficult to spot. We will go in search of Boswell, the most famous elephant in Mana Pools, able to stand up on his hind legs to reach the highest branches of the trees. In Chitake Springs everything is possible. Being one of the few perennial sources of water, attracts herds of buffalo, elephants and antelopes from neighboring areas, and these in turn attract large predators. Watching thousands of buffalos coming down the steep banks of the river in light and dust is really something unique, and we will stay seated just on the opposite bank to capture these amazing scenes. The heat of the central hours, walks with camera equipment in tow and the extreme proximity to the animals (without the protection of a vehicle) make this trip an experience out of the ordinary and incredibly authentic. No preparation is necessary but a good health condition. It’s a physically demanding journey but accessible to everybody.
IN & OUT
THE RATE INCLUDES: 7 nights on full board treatment, all activities, plane transfers, all local taxes, park fees, professional local guides and photographic tutoring at all times
THE RATE EXCLUDES: all international flights and airport taxes; visas; travel and medical insurance ( compulsory ); tips and any item of a personal nature; any other items not specified in “the rate includes”
The trip will take place with a minimum of 4 guests and a maximum number of 6.
Reservations close on June 1st 2017