Zimbabwe Mana Pools Wild Dogs Safari Special with Award-Winning Photographer Nick Dyer – 7 Days – Small Group, Max 6 people
Join award-winning photographer and Painted Wolves expert Nick Dyer on this thrilling adventure to the remote wildlife paradise of Mana Pools National Park and the Zambezi River in northern Zimbabwe. With first-hand access to hints and tips from a bona fide photography expert, amateur and expert photographers alike can take this unique opportunity to explore one of Zimbabwe’s most iconic areas whilst honing their skills and learning all about life as a wildlife photographer.
Your enthralling safari will take you to two of Mana Pools’ most exciting camps, including an unforgettable mobile camping (some might call it “glamping”) experience. In search of the famous Painted Wolves and Wild Dogs that are symbolic of this enchanting region, you will enjoy included game drives, walking safaris, canoeing trips and up-close encounters with an abundance of other wildlife including leopards, lions, elephants, zebras, hippos, antelope, monkeys and much more!
To ensure you get up close and in front of wildlife, walking safaris ask those taking part to be able to walk a maximum of 4KM per activity.
This itinerary will operate on 2 different dates;
Prices shown are per person sharing. Solo places are available for $9190 USD. Circa price in Sterling £7110 subject to exchange rates.
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- Explore through the wildlife and wilderness paradise of the Mana Pools National Park
- Travel in the company of a renowned, award-winning photographer who will be happy to share one to one & group sessions, hints & tips for the perfect photos and tales of his wildlife adventures
- Pre Safari, advance one to one Zoom / Call with Nick Dyer to ascertain your expectations for the adventure including photo advice
- Enjoy expert-guided game drives, walking safaris and canoeing on the Zambezi River
- Search for an abundance of wildlife including the famous Painted Wolves, lions, leopards, elephants, antelope and much more
- Myriad birdlife
- Witness unforgettable scenery and memorable experiences as part of a small group adventure
- Pre & Post Safari extension options
- Use of professional photo hide at Kanga Camp either side of Safari walks
- 6 nights’ accommodation with all meals, hot drinks, soft drinks, and local alcoholic beverages
- Flights in and out of Mana Pools NP from Harare airport
- Daily game drives & guided walking safaris with Nick Dyer
- Armchair safari and photographic hide in Kanga Camp and canoeing safaris and fishing in Zambezi Camp
ITINERARY6 Nights 7 Days
- Days 1 - 3 | Kanga Camp, Mana Pools
- Days 4 - 7 | Zambezi Expeditions Camp
Kanga Camp, Mana Pools
After arriving independently to the airport in Harare, Zimbabwe’s capital city, you will be met by your tour representative for your transfer to Mana Pools National Park. The first 3 nights of your adventure will be spent staying at the beautiful Kanga Bush Camp which is situated within a private concession in the National Park. After settling into your comfortable accommodation, you can enjoy dinner and an introduction to the camp, the area and the activities you can partake in.
Over the course of the next 3 days, there will be various activities offered. Accompanied by Painted Wolves expert and award-winning photographer Nick Dyer, day and night you can enjoy thrilling game drives and immersive walking safaris in search of the area’s iconic Painted Wolves and other wild dogs.
Home of the famous Armchair Safari, theses unforgettably unique experiences will allow you to relax on the camp’s main deck which runs right along the edge of a bustling waterhole frequented by various enchanting wildlife. Guests can also enjoy a visit to the Kanga Hide which will allow you to view a wide range of wildlife from a safe, immersive vantage point – a must for fans of photography!
Throughout your time here and in all of Mana Pools, you can expect to encounter a huge array of wildlife including, but not limited to, Painted Wolves, leopards, lions, buffalo, elephants, hippos, zebras, antelope, monkeys and an abundance of bird species.
Zambezi Expeditions Camp
On day 4 of your expedition you will transfer to another area of the Mana Pools National Park to experience a different side of this iconic region. For the next 3 nights you will enjoy an unforgettable camping safari in one of the Park’s most magnificent settings. Allowing you to thoroughly connect with nature and truly immerse yourself in the area, you will fall asleep to the sounds of the flowing river, the hyenas cackling and the hippos chuckling, and wake up to the dawn chorus of the abundant birdlife that calls this enchanting part of the world its home. An authentic experience that is sure to live long in your hearts and minds.
The next 3 days will bring even more adventures. During the day you can join Nick Dyer on exciting nature walks and game drives in search of Painted Wolves and other wild dogs, learning all about their habits, habitats and history as you go. In the afternoons you can experience the true magic of the Zambezi as you enjoy guided canoeing safaris along the river.
On the morning of day 7 it will sadly be time to say goodbye to Mana Pools as you transfer back to Harare airport for your onwards or homewards flights.
Your Itinerary Accommodation
Kanga Bush Camp, Mana Pools
Set in the most remote part of the World Heritage site in Mana Pools National Park, Kanga Bush Camp takes its name from Kanga Pan near to Chitake Springs. This remote area has never been developed and Kanga Bush Camp offers you a pure and unspoilt African experience and is a great base from which to explore the diversity of habitats of Mana Pools: the river systems of the Ruckomechi River, mixed woodlands from mopane woodland to Jesse bushes and riverine forests.
Accommodation at this intimate tented camp comprises of 4 standard tents as well as 2 family units/ honeymoon tents, offering stunning views of the water hole. All tents have large comfortable beds, floor-to-ceiling mesh windows, private verandas, en-suite bathroom facilities with hot running water, as well as outdoor showers and basins. The camp also features a welcoming plunge pool and a battery charging station for your cameras.
Kanga pan is the only known source of water in the area that is available all year round thus making it a hub for wildlife. Guests can enjoy the Kanga Hide, a one-of-a-kind feature which attracts a host of wildlife including wild dogs, leopards, elephants, antelope and myriad birds. The area can be best described as an explorer's paradise, especially for walking to untamed areas that are inaccessible by vehicle. The beauty of this area is that you will not encounter anybody else thus making it a private corner of Africa. Yet, you also have access to the Zambezi river floodplains of Mana Pools which are located within an hour's drive.
Activities here include game drives, walking safaris and the famous armchair safari.
Zambezi Expeditions Camp
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.
Activities include game drives, walking safaris, canoeing safaris, fishing and bird watching.
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