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Mana Pools Explorer

  • Jo's encounter with "Slot"
  • Ruckomechi lioness
  • carmine colony
  • decoding spoor with James Varden
  • Mana backed up canoeing camp
  • Chris Hornaman's Mana elephants

Fast Facts


  • 7 night safari
  • Mana Pools, Zimbabwe
  • World Heritage Site
  • Top Professional Guides
  • Canoeing and walking

Mana Pools Explorer

A 7-night exploration of Mana Pools, Zimbabwe for a canoeing and walking safari with top professional guides

This thrilling  7 night experience begins in a lodge overlooking the stunning Lake Kariba. On your second day begin an authentic and thrilling canoeing adventure on the Lower Zambezi. This trip traverses the Mana Pools National Park, through the heart of Mana Pools and along the Zambezi's shoreline, canoeing past more than a thousand hippo on the way! Each night is spent camping on the banks of the Zambezi River, finishing 75km (46 miles) downstream and many adventures away from the start. Encounters with animals, whether on canoe or on foot, are up close and awe-inspiring. The Trail is for reasonably fit guests and is led by an experienced guide. This trip is semi-participatory - meaning everyone mucks in to help set up camp each night. Spend your last 3 nights in a luxury camp where you will have the opportunity of further exploring this World Heritage National park by vehicle and foot. Get up close and personal with the abundant wildlife that is present. 

This camping safari offers a unique adventure for the traveller seeking an iconic African safari and an opportunity to enjoy one of the wildest stretches of the lower Zambezi River and the game that depends on its life giving waters and ensures a back to nature experience. 

By means of lively campfires, hurricane lanterns and a warm atmosphere permeating the camp (and its simplicity), adventurer camping brings the guest closer to nature. Such camps are specifically outfitted to create that sense of wilderness with a clear emphasis on essential camp comforts and maximum wilderness experience.

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The entire safari is guided and hosted by a professional and passionate river guide, who shares in-depth knowledge of the lower Zambezi ecosystem with you, to present a seamless, well rounded experience.

Get in touch with us

UK+44 (0) 1752 878858
+44 (0) 1752 878858
USA+1 (347) 708 1794
+1 (347) 708 1794
Canada+1 (647) 694 1402
Australia+61 (2) 8417 2176
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  • Enquiries and bookings

    Contact the Zambezi team

    Please let us have as much relevant info as possible...

  • All the facts
  • Where 

    • Starting and ending in Kariba
    • 1 night in Kariba
    • 3 nights Mana Explorer
    • 3 nights Camp Zambezi

    A good night's sleep will be had in 3 x 3m (9.84 ft x 9.84ft) dome tents, designed for basic comfort in remote wilderness areas. At Camp Zambezi Cotton linen and stretcher beds (with duvets) with a lantern complement the atmosphere in this pristine and wild area. Separate short-drop toilet and shower 'bathrooms' with old-style bucket showers create simple serviced comfort. 

    Each campsite within the Mana Pools National Park is reserved for the exclusive use of our guests and while on the river  or on foot on its banks we enjoy the wild expanse mostly to ourselves. 

    Highlights 

    • One of the most exciting ways to safari in Africa, for guests with a sense of adventure
    •  Abundant up close wildlife viewing and spectacular birding 
    • An experienced, knowledgeable and passionate guide travels with you throughout
    •  Strong and stable Canadian canoes enhance experience and comfort
    •  A wonderful sense of being close to nature in the heart ofAfrica
    •  One of the best walking areas in Southern Africa, including awe-inspiring 'on foot' interactions with elephant
    • No single supplement

    Best time of the year 

    • Game concentrations are at their peak during September and October - bear in mind that it's very hot before the rains which usually arrive in November

    Best Access 

    Transfers can be arranged from Harare, Victoria Falls or Lusaka  

    Tips and notes 

    Inclusions

    • A reasonable amount of soft drinks, beer, fruit juice and mineral water on camping days.
    • All inclusive at Camp Zambezi, excluding premium brand drinks
    • Delicious meals while on safari are all included from lunch on Day 1. 
    • Usually 2 course meals are provided in the evenings.
    • All activities while on the safari departure
    • All accommodation on a sharing basis

    Exclusions

    • Visas, compulsory insurances and all relevant government taxes not mentioned above
    • All relevant entry and departure government stipulated fees/ taxes and unexpected increases
    • All personal purchases, including curios, telephone calls etc.
    • Beers and sodas on the Tamarind Canoe Safari
    • Gratuities
    • Optional extra activities/ services, laundry, telephone calls and items of a personal nature
    • International flights

    Price and other costs

    Prices are based on a single traveller and include full board accommodation, park fees, soft drinks, beer, house wine, laundry, all safari activities, all transfers back to Kariba

    Prices exclude visas fees, gratuities, items of a personal nature, insurance.

    This safari starts and ends in Kariba.  International inbound and outbound flights are excluded.  (Our team can advise or take care of these arrangements on request.)

     

Enquiries and bookings

Contact the Zambezi team

Please let us have as much relevant info as possible...

Where 

  • Starting and ending in Kariba
  • 1 night in Kariba
  • 3 nights Mana Explorer
  • 3 nights Camp Zambezi

A good night's sleep will be had in 3 x 3m (9.84 ft x 9.84ft) dome tents, designed for basic comfort in remote wilderness areas. At Camp Zambezi Cotton linen and stretcher beds (with duvets) with a lantern complement the atmosphere in this pristine and wild area. Separate short-drop toilet and shower 'bathrooms' with old-style bucket showers create simple serviced comfort. 

Each campsite within the Mana Pools National Park is reserved for the exclusive use of our guests and while on the river  or on foot on its banks we enjoy the wild expanse mostly to ourselves. 

Highlights 

  • One of the most exciting ways to safari in Africa, for guests with a sense of adventure
  •  Abundant up close wildlife viewing and spectacular birding 
  • An experienced, knowledgeable and passionate guide travels with you throughout
  •  Strong and stable Canadian canoes enhance experience and comfort
  •  A wonderful sense of being close to nature in the heart ofAfrica
  •  One of the best walking areas in Southern Africa, including awe-inspiring 'on foot' interactions with elephant
  • No single supplement

Best time of the year 

  • Game concentrations are at their peak during September and October - bear in mind that it's very hot before the rains which usually arrive in November

Best Access 

Transfers can be arranged from Harare, Victoria Falls or Lusaka  

Tips and notes 

Inclusions

  • A reasonable amount of soft drinks, beer, fruit juice and mineral water on camping days.
  • All inclusive at Camp Zambezi, excluding premium brand drinks
  • Delicious meals while on safari are all included from lunch on Day 1. 
  • Usually 2 course meals are provided in the evenings.
  • All activities while on the safari departure
  • All accommodation on a sharing basis

Exclusions

  • Visas, compulsory insurances and all relevant government taxes not mentioned above
  • All relevant entry and departure government stipulated fees/ taxes and unexpected increases
  • All personal purchases, including curios, telephone calls etc.
  • Beers and sodas on the Tamarind Canoe Safari
  • Gratuities
  • Optional extra activities/ services, laundry, telephone calls and items of a personal nature
  • International flights

Price and other costs

Prices are based on a single traveller and include full board accommodation, park fees, soft drinks, beer, house wine, laundry, all safari activities, all transfers back to Kariba

Prices exclude visas fees, gratuities, items of a personal nature, insurance.

This safari starts and ends in Kariba.  International inbound and outbound flights are excluded.  (Our team can advise or take care of these arrangements on request.)