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
Walk in the bush like real explorers, for these unbelievable nine days in Mana Pools, Zimbabwe. Unique the Park, unique the experience. You have certainly experienced some walking safaris, getting to know plants, insects, antelopes and droppings, but these walking safaris are something else! Here we will walk to approach dangerous game, elephants, lions and wild dogs, to name a few. We will sit a few meters away to admire and photograph them. Our experienced and qualified local guide will take us on the best scenes available each day, for memorable images and memories. We will be hosted in three different areas: in the inhospitable and arid Chitake Spring, in the central part of the park to end in the western area, in the floodplains. Chitake days will be in total contact with wild and harsh nature, this can be an extremely intense experience for the true naturalist and someone who likes to feel the challenge of nature. Here we’ll walk looking for the big herds of buffalos, elephants and predators, all attracted by the spring, where there is the only water left by the dry season. Our nights, in the pitch dark, surrounded by the echoes of lions roars and elephants trumpetings will leave you breathless. In central Mana we will be accommodated in a beautiful camp on the bank of Zambesi. From here we’ll explore the area, starting every activity on the 4×4 vehicle to get close to our sighting, then leaving it and continuing our safari on foot, as per Mana best tradition. In the last days we will head west, to the isolated floodplains, hosted in a private mobile camp set only for us, where, again, we will be in close contact with nature.
Every day two long amazing activities at sunrise and sunset, on 4×4, on foot and also on canoe. Decisions will be made to make the most out of every day.
With a wildlife photographer always on your side
2 - 10 September 2017
LIVE THE MOST EXTRAORDINARY OF EXPERIENCES
OUR PHOTOGRAPHIC TARGETS
The area is very rich in wildlife. Along the Zambezi we will encounter many crocodiles and countless hippos. In the Zambesi, indeed, there is the biggest concentration of hippos of the whole continent. The park offers the possibility to observe and photograph a very rich variety of birds, attracted by water. We’ll try to focus our attention on elephants, wild dogs and lions in the flood plains, where, for example, we will be allowed to sit just a couple of meters away from elephants feeding on tall branches, also lying down on the ground to shoot from unique angles. Mana Pools is famous for its packs of wild dogs and it’s perhaps the best place in Africa where you can see these animals, sadly endangered. Leopards, cheetahs and other small predators are still present in good numbers but more difficult to spot. We will go in search of Boswell, the most famous elephant of Mana Pools, able to stand up on his hind legs to reach the highest branches of the trees to feed on fresh leaves.
In Chitake everything’s possible. Being one of the few perennial sources of water, it attracts herds of buffalo, elephants and antelopes from neighboring areas, and these in turn attract large predators. It is spectacular to see hundreds of buffalos running down from the sandy steep banks of the dry river raising clouds of dust, and we will be seated right on the opposite bank to capture these amazing scenes.
< Chitake is for people who understand the Africa away from the standard brochure. For the “Africaphile” who like their wildlife wild! >
We will approach our sightings in safety, our guide will lead us in total respect of animals, their space and their activities
Our camp in central Mana a is a static camp (mobile camp that does not move) offering rustic luxury set up on the bank of the mighty Zambezi River. “The camp does come with the luxury of long drop toilets and for night use all tents have en-suite chemical toilets. Guest can also revel a luxurious hot shower underneath the expanse of the Africa sky.” Chitake camp is a luxurious stationary camp located near the Chitake Spring, a real hidden gem nestled deep in Mana Pools National Park, around which revolve all the wildlife of the area. The western mobile tented camp is the more rustic and basic of three, it will be set up only for us and will offer us other days of enthralling life in the bush.
All camps are eco friendly, conceived to be dismantled without leaving any trace on environment, there is no electricity, no permanent structures and no plumbing. We will be allowed to recharge the batteries of our cameras on the safari vehicle.
All tents are spacious walk-in style with en-suite toilet facilities for night use and comfortable beds with fresh linen. The tents are mosquito proof with mosquito gauze on the roof so guests can lie in bed and enjoy the night sky. All camping equipment is supplied. All camps are , naturally, unfenced.
Three delicious meals will be prepared in camp by an experienced bush cook. All breads and pastries are freshly baked on open campfires.
IN & OUT
The rate includes : 8 nights in tented camps on full board treatment, all the game drives and all the activities as per program, private professional guide, all transfers in Zimbabwe. Park fees of about USD 486 per person – to be paid cash at Mana entrance. Photographic tutoring at all times
The rate excludes: international flights and airport taxes; visa for Zimbabwe USD30; 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 6 guests. For smaller groups please contact us
Prices are intended per person sharing, in double safari tent. Single on request with no extra charge
Reservations close June 2nd 2017