MAna Pools Adventure SAfari
MANA POOLS NATIONAL PARK
8 DAY FRANK & GESA PRIVATELY GUIDED SAFARI MOBILE WALKING SAFARI
MINIMUM 4 PERSONS / MAXIMUM 6 PERSONS
MINIMUM AGE 16
11th – 18th MAY 2019
USD - 4.780 (4.029 EUR) per person sharing
Receive a 2,5 % discount when paying in full upfront** see notes.
Single supplement USD-150 (126 EUR)
A supplement might be charged, if less than 6 persons travelling** see notes
· Explore with Gesa & Frank - the best park in Zimbabwe.
· Excellent wildlife sightings and great photographic opportunities - bring cameras if you have!
· Accommodation in a rustic and authentic mobile tented camp – all inclusive!
· Vehicle based and walking safaris as activities.
· Travel around as one exclusive small group.
· Explore the incredibly diverse areas of the famous Mana Pools NP
· Spend 6 nights in a mobile camp and 1 night at Kavinga Camp
· Accompanied by Andy Smith - one of Zimbabwe’s top Guides
ITINERARY IN BRIEF
Day 1 Arrive by airplane in the afternoon, meet Gesa and Frank, set-off to the camp!
Day 2 Morning walk in the direction of our next camp ground for the next 2 nights
Day 3 A mixture of walks and drives to explore the area around our 2nd camp
Day 4 Morning walk in the direction of our next camp ground for 1 night
Day 5 Morning walk or drive in the direction of our next camp ground for the next 2 nights
Day 6 A mixture of walks and drives to explore the area around our 3rd camp
Day 7 Morning walk or drive to Kavinga Camp for our final night’s stay
Day 8 Final day -Morning drive/walk depending on the onward movements of individuals
REQUIREMENTS AND EXPECTATIONS
Note that there are no internal flights included in the cost of the tour – as once we know how many people are going on this safari, we will then - closer to the date - organize and book the appropriate flights so as to be cost effective and also co-ordinate everyone’s arrival times.
It is important to note that the internal flight will be from Harare to Mana Pools NP, so as to be cost effective. Ensure that you book international flights to Harare once the internal flight to Mana Pools has already been confirmed. This is to help co-ordinate the timing of flights.
WHY THIS STYLE OF SAFARI
Zimbabwe is a Nation of huge potential waiting to be re-opened to the world. It has for many years been a popular destination for individuals seeking a safari experience but with some degree of caution due to its political instability. Join Gesa and Frank as they explore the world-famous Mana Pools National Park so as to celebrate the wealth of wildlife and friendly people who still call this Nation their home.
Mana Pools National Park is considered to be Zimbabwe’s best National Park for game viewing as it boasts the highest numbers of animals. It is set in the very north of the country, with the mighty Zambezi river being the northern boundary of the park as well as the border to Zambia. The park is famous for its walking safari culture which the habitat lends itself perfectly too. Walk along the floodplains and under ancient and giant tree’s which make even the local elephants appear small. The park is strongly contrasting seasonally with one very dry season and the other very wet. This safari embarks in a period in-between, where the surrounding vegetation will be green, lush and beautiful but the rain season would have ended. Making for beautiful lush green backgrounds to photographs as well as less other tourist visitors.
This MANA ADVENTURE SAFARI is aimed at those who wish to explore Mana Pools in a truly authentic and rustic mobile walking safari style. It is for those more adventurous who which to experience the savannah in its most raw form whilst still being safe and well looked after. There is nothing fancy or overly luxury about this safari, it is all about being out in wilderness and experiencing this olden-day style of safari. It is RAW. It is WILD and it will be AWESOME!
The first 6 nights of accommodation will be in the form of a mobile tented camp which is fully backed-up – meaning you are able to sit back and relax while everything is taken care of by your own personal crew. They will take down the camp and all equipment and along with your luggage, travel by 4x4 to the next campsite to erect the camp again. This is all done while you are out on activity. The camp will move 3 or 4 times during your stay giving you the chance to view and explore different areas within the amazing National Park.
The tents are custom-built to guarantee guest comfort: they are spacious walk-in style tents supplied with en-suite toilet facilities for night-use and comfortable beds with fresh linen. The camps are fully equipped with a mobile kitchen run by an experienced bush cook, bar facilities and a dining area with full waiter service.
All produce is brought in fresh and meals are prepared in camp by one of the famed bush cooks. All breads and pastries are freshly baked on the open campfire. Vegetarian and other dietary preferences can be catered for providing early notice.
The final night will be spent in a bit more luxury -Kavinga Safari Camp is located in a private concession within the southern boundary of Mana Pools National Park, approximately 1 kilometre upstream of the confluence of the Ruckomechi and Chiwuye Rivers. The camp overlooks the dry Ruckomechi riverbed and is set against the extraordinary backdrop of the Zambezi Escarpment. This new camp consists of 5 comfortable raised tents built on the edge of the cliff, facing east, with a view of the rising sun above the magnificent Zambezi Valley floor.
Each tent has been designed with an emphasis on privacy and is surrounded by insect repellent gauze, allowing the air to circulate and contributing to maximum coolness. Inside each tent are 2 comfortable beds and an ensuite bathroom with a dressing area. In front, a verandah falls in line with the edge of the cliff giving a feeling of infinite space. The central dining and lounge area has a deck above, providing a magnificent view across the dry riverbed and to the pan below.
Chitake Spring is, in our opinion, one of the best places to experience serious walking safaris in Southern Africa. For this tour we hope to have the final 2 nights of our mobile walking safari camp to be based here. This is however subject to availability and can only be confirmed in early 2019. If not possible to book the sites at Chitake, we will be spending the last 2 nights along the Mana Pools Shoreline where the rest of the walking will be conducted.
Chitake Spring has been labeled as “the most hard-core campsite in Africa”and rightfully so. During the peak of the dry season one can find huge concentrations of wildlife at this, the only source of water, in a very large area.
The Chitake Spring is an area of crucial importance to the great variety of wildlife occurring in this southern part of Mana Pools National Park. Water gushes up out of the ground and flows for up to a kilometre along the otherwise dry riverbed of the Chitake River. The Chitake River rises in the Zambezi Escarpment on the very southern boundary of the Park and connects with the Ruckomechi River, which in turn snakes across the valley floor to the mighty Zambezi, 70kms away. Once the rains have begun properly, there is a torrent of water flowing in these systems but it generally dries up by April. As more of the surrounding waterholes dry out, the spring becomes essential to the survival of hundreds of creatures.
Nature Ways Mobile Camp
Lunch & Dinner
After being collected by Gesa & Frank at the airstrip – you are driven to the first night’s camp, a distance of approximately 30km. This is a leisurely game drive through the spectacular Mana Pools floodplain. The vehicles are open with good all-round views. The highest concentration of wildlife in Zimbabwe are in this area and the drive through is usually very productive, allowing Gesa and Frank to give you an overview of the various animals, birds and plants that make up this unique habitat.
On arrival at our first camp, you will be met with the welcome smiles of the support staff and a lunch of cold meats, a variety of salads and freshly baked breads. After a refreshing lunch break you will be taken on a short drive to the start of your first walking safari. This is a slow walk allowing time to become accustomed to the area. You should also start to see some of the multitude of animals and birds that are attracted to the water’s edge. Hippo, buffalo, elephant and crocodile as well as a variety of antelope species may be seen.
Arrival at camp is around sunset. The camp will be prepared for your arrival so you will be able to sit back and relax with sundowners and snacks – tea and coffee and hot showers are also available. In the background, your support staff and resident cook are busy preparing a three-course dinner for you.
Mana Pools National Park
Nature Ways Mobile Camp
Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
An early wake up, just as the dawn breaks. Hot water is placed in raised basins outside each tent, while tea, coffee, muffins or homemade biscuits are already waiting by the campfire. While everyone gets their personal kit together the support staff get everything together that will be needed for the day. You need only worry about a small daypack carrying the essentials such as sunblock, camera and spare batteries, hat and binoculars.
The aim is to be walking in time to watch the sunrise. This is one of the most magical times of the day and you will be enchanted as you drift along quietly, listening to the sounds of the African bush wakening to the new day. Walk for a couple of hours before stopping to breakfast under a grove of acacia trees. After breakfast set off on a walk into the floodplains and surrounding woodlands.
This walk offers an opportunity not only for game viewing, but also a chance for you to explore some of the smaller more interesting aspects of the environment. You will spot a variety of animal spoors and may even find yourself engrossed in tracking down particular species. Strange insects and spiders will fascinate you as your guides share a wealth of knowledge about this miniature world that forms such an integral part of the bush. You will listen to the sound of many brightly coloured birds and marvel at the beauty and tranquility of this unique area.
You can choose to either continue walking or call the backup vehicle to come and collect you – this afternoon consists of a lovely lunch and then a siesta. Once again you will walk into a new fully set-up camp, where the staff are ready to welcome you back.
The camp will change locations 3 or 4 times depending on availability for the bookings sites.
Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
This morning you will say farewell to the NatureWays crew as you embark on a final walk or game drive from their camp to your final nights’ accommodation at Kavinga Camp. Our aim is to relax and unwind with a bit more luxury than before.
The camp is set in a great location with a water hole in front which has the potential to attract large numbers of animals during the day.
This will be our last evening and sundowner together as a group so we intend in finding a great location for sunset and spending some more time as one group.
Day of Departure
Today will sadly be the day of departure for us all and depending on what time that will be, we have the option of doing a morning drive or rather just relaxing at the lodge for one last time before being transferred to the onwards flights from there.
You have the option to extend your holiday either before or after, too additional destinations within Africa. We highly recommend this as there are some other fantastic destinations to visit and we can also help with the bookings for this. Some suggestions:
- More Safari – We love safaris and we would always recommend doing an extended safari, and in this case we would recommend going to a completely different area. Some other safari destinations:
- Zambia – Bunsanga Plains (Kafue NP), Lower Zambezi NP, North Luangwa NP, Luambe NP, South Luangwa NP
- Zimbabwe –Hwange NP (this works very well with the above itinerary)
- Botswana – Okavango Delta, Chobe NP, Kalahari
- South Africa- Greater Kruger NP
- A couple of nights in the Victoria Falls region of Zimbabwe
- Cape town is also a great destination to visit and will work well either before or after the tour.
- Accommodation as stated above.
- Local airstrip and intra-camp transfers
- Transportation in a safari vehicle.
- Two Game viewing activities per day
- All meals and snacks
- Services of Frank and Gesa as your private guides.
- Entrance fees and excursions as described in above itinerary.
- A daily allocation of a selection of local beverages including beer, wine, waters and cold drinks.
- International flights and airport taxes.
- Pre and post safari extensions/accommodation.
- Travel insurance (required).
- Any entrance fees and excursions not included in the above itinerary.
- Items of personal nature (telephone expenses, curios, medicines etc).
- ENTRY VISA FEES.
- BANK CHARGES (as per bank or 3.5% commission for VISA/MASTER and 4.5% commission for AMEX).
- Services subject to availability at the time of booking.
- Times of activities, meals, transfers and campsites is subject to change.
- Given the nature of this safari, the age restriction is a minimum of 16 years paying full fare.
- Maximum age is 65. Anyone older than this is required to produce a medical certificate proving that they are physically able to participate in the activities and terrain in which the safari tour will be conducted in.
- PLEASE NOTE that whilst we endeavor to accommodate guests at the above stipulated lodges/camps, safariFRANK reserves the right to replace such with one of a similar standard and location.
- As of paragraph 6 of our German T&C’s, safariFRANK has the right to cancel the trip latest 75 days before start of the trip (in this case 25.02.2019). The trip cannot be cancelled by safariFRANK later than 75 days before tour start.
- Terms and conditions apply.
- Rates are quoted as per person sharing, so clients booking under such rates must be willing to share with either of the two sexes. Although we try to accommodate the same sex per room (unless travelling together) this is not always possible. If we cannot find a suitable partner to share the room with, single supplement
will be charged.
- Should less than 6 people book this safari, there will be an additional cost of USD-332 (280 EUR) per person charged for each person below 6 travelling. The maximum extra cost for this tour is USD-664 (560 EUR) per person. The amount will be added to your rest payment invoice 60 days before departure.
- This tour is priced on USD. The EUR price indicated above has been calculated with the exchange rate available attime of publication of this tour. safariFRANK reserves the right to recalculate the exchange rate at time of deposit and at time of rest payment due. Your invoice for the rest payment will be adjusted accordingly.
- You shall receive a 2,5% discount on the overall tour price, if paying in total upfront. In case of a non-favorable exchange rate, you will be charged the difference 60 days before departure in case of a favorable exchange rate, we will grant a credit of the same kind.
- Please note that we provide all our guests with insolvency insurance.
- Visas/Passports: Please ensure: 1) that you have pre-arranged your entry visa if required; 2) that your passport is valid for at least six months after your scheduled departure date from Zimbabwe; 3) that you have a minimum of 2 consecutive clear pages. If this is not the case, there is a danger of being turned away by the Immigration Service on arrival at the airport – assuming your airline has agreed to bring you and risk a fine in the first place.
- Health: No vaccinations are mandatory but please consult your doctor for medical advice. Parts of Zimbabwe are considered to be malarial so we recommend the use of anti-malarial prophylactics (normally Malarone/doxycycline), especially if visiting during the summer (December to April) – subject to advice from your own doctor.
- Luggage: Is restricted to 15 kg (not including photographic equipment) per person in a soft, hold all type bag. Weight is generally less important than volume as everything is carried with you on safari.