Zim / Zam African Photographic Safari November 2018

From the rolling bush of Zimbabwe to one of the largest waterfalls this tented safari spans the best of two countries: intimate and elegant lodges, you will be expertly guided by experienced local guides and enchanted by abundant wildlife in Hwange and Mana Pools and mesmerised by the majestic Victoria Falls for 10 days.

by Tracy Kelly

Zim / Zam African Photographic Safari – November 2018
From the rolling bush of Zimbabwe to one of the largest waterfalls this tented safari spans the best of two countries: intimate and elegant lodges, you will be expertly guided by experienced local guides and enchanted by abundant wildlife in Hwange and Mana Pools and mesmerised by the majestic Victoria Falls for 10 days.

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 3 nights Somalisa Expeditions / 2 nights Zambezi Expeditions /2 nights Kanga Camp Mana Pools / 2 nights Thorntree River Lodge- on the banks of the mighty Zambezi River, Zambia

Day 1-4: Somalisa Expeditions, Hwange National Park

Hwange National Park is Zimbabwe’s biggest reserve, home to a profusion of wildlife, including giraffe, lion, zebra and approximately 40 000 elephants. It provides sanctuary for all the country’s endangered species, including a population of wild dogs thought to be among the most sizeable surviving groups on the continent. Terrain ranges from desert dunes and savannah lands to rocky outcrops and sparse forests, and visitors have the choice of game drives, guided walks or horseback safaris as a means of experiencing the park and its creatures.

Overnight: Somalisa Expeditions
Somalisa Expeditions is set in the heart of Hwange National Park , and is known as the land of the giants for its big elephant herds. As an exact replica of the original Somalisa Camp, Somalisa Expeditions offers one of the most authentic ways to experience this exceptional wildlife haven. Nestled under an incredible grove of Acacias, along the edge of a seasonal flood plain.
Somalisa Expeditions’ main area includes a lounge and dining area on raised decking which overlooks a small pool, which elephants have become habituated to drinking out of. Add to this, the water hole, frequently used as a ‘mud-bath’ and a popular rendezvous for the elephants. The up-close encounters and photographic opportunities with these majestic animals is endless.
Consisting of six elegantly furnished Meru Style Tents, each tent has en suite bathroom facilities including flush toilets and an outdoor shower. Activities include guided walks lead by qualified and passionate guides who will share their knowledge and love of the bush with you, game drives and night drives. Wildlife sighting include elephant, kudu, sable antelope, zebra, wildebeest, gemsbok, the rare and endangered roan antelope, buffalo, giraffe, lion, leopard, hyena and many other wildlife species.

Day 4: Zambezi Expeditions, Mana Pools National Park
The life-giving power of the Zambezi River makes Mana Pools National Park one of Zimbabwe’s most lush and flourishing regions, designated as the country’s second World Heritage Site and known as one of the continent’s premier game-viewing regions. Canoe trips are offered year round and provide a unique and memorable way for visitors to experience the area’s striking scenic beauty and diverse fauna, while guided walks are a great way to take its pristine riverside forests.
Overnight: Zambezi Expeditions
The legendary Mana Pools is known for its wildlife rich flood plains and magnificent views of the Zambezi River, with the Zambezi Escarpment in Zambia as a dramatic backdrop to the scenery. The river boasts some of Africa’s most amazing tiger fishing and adventure canoeing safaris, creating the perfect combination of beauty and fun and making this World Heritage site a must-visit national park.
Zambezi Expeditions offers one of the best ways to experience Mana Pools on the banks of the mighty Zambezi River. The 12-bed luxury mobile camp comprises of 6 twin bedded mini-meru style tents with en-suite bathroom facilities including flush toilets and al fresco bucket showers, the camp gives luxury camping a new definition by virtue of its simple yet elegant and comfortable furnishings. A 6-bedded camp consisting of three tents can be set up for a single group on special request.
The camp has a minimum stay of two nights for a minimum of two people and is the perfect combination to include with Kanga Camp for an overall riverside and inland experience.
Activities include game drives, walking safaris, canoeing safaris, fishing and bird watching.  

Day 6: Kanga Camp, Mana Pools National Park

View from Kanga Camp Mana Pools


Overnight: Kanga Camp
Set in the most remote part of the World Heritage Site in Mana Pools is the Kanga Pan. The camp offers 6 tents with en-suite bathroom facilities with outdoor showers overlooking the water hole. Two of the tents are Honeymoon Tents. The main area has a comfortable lounge and dining area offering you views of a very active water hole. Relax in the lounge under the shade of a mahogany or sit on the deck below near the splash pool and enjoy Kanga − the old Africa in a new era.
The diverse area has multiple vlei lines, river systems of the Ruckomechi River, and mixed woodland types from Mopane woodland to Jesse bush and riverine forests. Kanga Pan itself is the only known water source in the area available throughout the year, making it a hub for wildlife and a delight to explore on foot. Pristine and undeveloped, this area gives you a pure, unspoilt, private African safari experience.
Besides game drives and walking excursions, an hour’s drive brings you to the Zambezi flood plains for canoeing. Kanga works well in collaboration with Zambezi Expeditions to provide guests with an overall view of the inland and riverside experiences available in Mana Pools.

Day 8: Thorntree River Lodge, Livingstone (Victoria Falls)
One of the original natural wonders of the world, the Victoria Falls is a World Heritage Site and an extremely popular tourism attraction. Known locally as ‘The Smoke that Thunders’ this spectacle is accessible from both Zambia and Zimbabwe and it is an ideal place to combine game viewing and water sports. There is excellent fishing, a terrifying bungee jump and arguably the best commercial white water rafting in the world.
Overnight: Thorntree River Lodge – set in Zambia’s Mosi-Oa-Tunya National Park, just a short distance from the famous Victoria Falls. Thorntree River Lodge has recently been completely rebuilt with an environmentally-conscious design. Drawing inspiration from local customs and culture, it is a modern contemporary design with tented roof structures to maintain the feel of authentic Africa. The lodge boasts 8 twin rooms and 2 family units comprising of 4 beds each. Each unit has its own indoor and outdoor bathrooms, as well as a luxurious private plunge pool. The main lodge consists of a lounge with an open dining area, where the fine dining experience of African cuisine will come to life. A gym and spa overlook the mighty Zambezi River, and there is a small library with WIFI for our guests’ convenience. The communal deck is set on the edge of the stunning riverside, and is home to a sunken boma area and an infinity pool. Wooden decking floats on the edge of the river, and moves with the water level to create the illusion of sailing a boat, and help to achieve a seamless feel between river and land.
Day 10: After your last early morning game drive and a leisurely breakfast transfer back to the airport. End of safari.
Inclusive of ALL internal charter flights and road transfers while on safari. All meals and local brand drinks.

Twin Share US$5 400 – No single supplement
This safari is limited to 6 people to ensure window seats on safari vehicles
A 30% non-refundable deposit will secure your place on this once in a lifetime adventure.

Exclusions:
All international flights to and from Victoria Falls International Airport
All items of a personal nature i.e. additional meals, activities not specified in itinerary, curios etc.
All relevant visa fees and departure taxes
Any new Government taxes levied between now and dates of travel
Premium brand beverages
All gratuities
Comprehensive travel and medical insurance
Excess baggage charges

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