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What’s included

  • Guiding by professional local guides, armed for walking safaris
  • Two game viewing activities or a camp-to-camp walking safari each day
  • Accommodation in bush camps, mobile safari camps and a safari lodge
  • All national park and conservation fees
  • Laundry service
  • Safe drinking water throughout
  • Group medical kit
  • All road transport by private vehicles
  • Economy class return air fares from the UK – business class upgrade is available (flight inclusive only)
  • Internal air transfers to/from Harare airport (to coincide with the arrival/departure times of the Mountain Kingdoms group flights)
  • Internal flight between Mana Pools and Lake Kariba
  • UK Departure Tax
  • A free Mountain Kingdoms micro fleece
  • Opportunity to join one of our pre-trip meets in the Cotswolds

Mana Pools Walking Safari & Lake Kariba, Zimbabwe

Walking & Trekking

Zimbabwe | Walking & Trekking

New for 2019
Mana Pools Walking Safari & Lake Kariba, Zimbabwe
Gentle

Suitable for people who enjoy easy-paced walks or exploring the countryside on foot.

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Grade: Gentle ? Gentle
Duration:  13 days from the UK  
Walks on: Safari walks - 7 days

Flight inclusive from £5,480,
Land only from £4,685

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Superb wildlife viewing on the game-rich floodplains of the mighty Zambezi River.

Highlights

  • Track big game on foot like the first Mana pioneers
  • Enjoy Mana Pools, a UNESCO World Heritage Site famed for its stunning scenery
  • Sip sundowner drinks in a magical setting and spend evenings round the campfire
  • Learn about the small details of the bush from the legendary guides
  • Extend your holiday with time at Victoria Falls

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In the far north of Zimbabwe lies Mana Pools, a UNESCO World Heritage protected national park famous for its excellent walking safaris and undoubtedly one of the world’s wildest and best preserved ecological areas.

Despite a turbulent political past and economic challenges in recent times, Zimbabwe has managed to preserve its dramatic landscapes and incredible wildlife, and is now very much back on the map as one of the most sought after safari destinations in Africa.

Your adventure begins in secluded Kanga Pan, a remote part of Mana Pools National Park where the diverse terrain, often inaccessible by vehicle, makes it an explorer’s paradise.  Here you will explore the area with expert guides and enjoy ‘armchair safari’ viewing from your camp which looks out over a busy dry-season waterhole.

Mana Pools is famous for its walking safaris which have been conducted since the park first opened in 1963. The second part of your adventure is certainly more active as you embark on a three-day walking safari wandering from camp to camp along the Zambezi floodplain and learning about life in the bush en route. The park’s sparse vegetation allows for good visibility and relatively relaxed wildlife, and you can expect close encounters with exciting species, both large and small.

Moving on from Mana you transfer by light aircraft to Lake Kariba on the north eastern border of Matusadona National Park. Your wonderful lodge here is nestled into the Bumi Hills with panoramic views over the immense inland sea-lake. Here you will enjoy a scenic lakeside walking safari, explore the incredible landscape on game drives and take a boat trip out onto the lake for a final magical African sunset.

Accommodation on this trip ranges from rustic electricity-free mobile camps, a truly authentic African bush experience, through to a luxury safari lodge complete with infinity pool and spa! You can expect great service and superb guiding throughout – Zimbabwe’s safari guides are thoroughly trained and tested, and arguably the best in Africa. 


At a glance

Grade: Gentle
Gentle

Duration:  13 days from the UK  
Walks on: Safari walks - 7 days

Guaranteed to run for a minimum of 4 clients

Maximum group size: 8

Land only joining city: Harare

Accommodation types: Safari Camps, Safari Lodge

Meal arrangements: All meals and drinks (except premium imported spirits and champagne) are included during your stay.

Itinerary overview
Day Activity
1-2
Depart London for flight to Harare. Fly to Mana Pools National Park. Transfer to Kanga Camp.
3-4
On safari on Kanga concession, Mana Pools.
5-7
Mobile walking safari to Zambezi Expeditions Camp.
8
On safari from Zambezi Expeditions. Safari activities include walking, game drives, and canoeing.
9-11
Fly to Lake Kariba. Transfer to Bumi Hills Safari Lodge. Lakeside walking safari, game drives and boating activities.
12
Fly to Harare and onto London.
13
Arrive UK.
Leader: Local Safari Guide, Zimbabwe
Local Safari Guide, Zimbabwe

Your holiday will be led by the expert English-speaking guides in each camp as they have the best local knowledge and you will benefit from their individual areas of interest and particular expertise. The guides who will lead your holiday are naturalists with exceptional experience, they know the African bush intimately, and have an amazing knowledge of the African wilderness and its people.


Zimbabwe’s guides are probably the best in Africa. In order to conduct a Walking Safari, guides are first obliged to pass various exams before taking up an apprenticeship under the mentorship of a Professional Guide. This apprenticeship can last several years after which time the Learner Guide takes a final proficiency exam where all aspects of his guiding abilities are carefully tested. All your guides will be armed and have been professionally trained in their use.


Mana Pools Walking Safari & Lake Kariba, Zimbabwe Itinerary

  1. Day 1 - Fly London To Harare

    Depart London on an overnight flight to Harare Airport in Zimbabwe.

    Overnight iconOvernight: In flight
  2. Day 2 - Arrive Harare. Fly to Mana Pools - 1hour flight. Transfer to Kanga Camp.

    Your international flight arrives into Harare at midday where you will be met and escorted to check in for your mid-afternoon light aircraft for flight to Mana Pools National Park. You will be met for a late afternoon game drive to Kanga Camp enjoying your first safari along the way.

    Kanga is tucked away on a private concession in the most remote part of Mana Pools, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The camp has six tents and the main area has a comfortable lounge and dining area offering you uninterrupted views of the active waterhole.

    The diverse Kanga area has multiple vlei lines, river systems of the Ruckomechi River, and mixed woodland. 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.

    Your first evening will be spent around the campfire listening to the sounds of the African bush as you begin to embrace life in this remote location.

    Overnight iconOvernight: Kanga Camp
  3. Day 3 - On safari from Kanga Camp.
    mana pools walking safari and lake kariba zimbabwe on safari kanga camp.

    This morning you will awake to the sounds of Africa with coffee or tea brought to your tent.

    After a continental breakfast with a choice of fruit, yoghurt, cereals, and toast, you embark on your morning safari activity as discussed with your guide. You may set off by 4x4 to explore the area and look for signs of activity during the night before stopping and tracking fresh spoor of a resident leopard on foot, or perhaps follow a herd of skittish impala. There is no set routine and nature will dictate how things unfold but at least one of today's safari activities will include a walk in the bush.

    Your morning activity will usually last about three hours and you return to camp before the heat of the day sets in. After a leisurely lunch you will be free to enjoy some armchair wildlife viewing or to relax in the main area, by the pool or take a siesta, often welcome after an early start.

    Your guide will join you at High Tea where plans will be discussed for the afternoon safari which may involve a walk along one of the vlei lines before enjoying a sundowner and returning to camp by vehicle. Dinner is served under the stars with watchful eyes on lookout for nocturnal creatures visiting the waterhole.

    Overnight iconOvernight: Kanga Camp
  4. Day 4 - On safari from Kanga Camp.

    A second day on safari exploring the diverse terrain around Kanga Camp. There will be a walking safari either in the morning or afternoon.

    Overnight iconOvernight: Kanga Camp
  5. Day 5 - Mana Pools Shoreline Walking Safari - 4-5 km, 1 – 2 hours.

    Today you are moving on to experience a proper mobile walking safari.

    After breakfast you will need to have your bags packed as you will be departing by vehicle for a leisurely game drive to the start of your mobile walking safari on the spectacular Mana Pools floodplain. The highest concentrations of wildlife in Zimbabwe are found in this area and as you walk slowly towards your first mobile safari campsite, Vundu, your guide will introduce you to the various animals, birds and plants that make up this unique habitat. This will be a slow walk allowing time to become accustomed to the area.

    On arrival at Vundu you will be met by the welcome smiles of the support staff and enjoy a lunch of cold meats, a variety of salads and freshly baked breads. After the lunch break and afternoon siesta, you will enjoy a leisurely afternoon walking safari in the Vundu vicinity. 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 back at camp is around sunset so you can sit back and relax with sundowners and snacks - hot showers are also available. Gather to discuss the day's events around the campfire and your guide will take you through the plan for the next morning. In the background your support staff and resident cook will prepare a three-course dinner to be enjoyed by candlelight near the campfire.

    Your accommodation at Vundu is in spacious walk-in style tents supplied with en-suite toilet facilities for night-use and comfortable beds with fresh linen. The tents are mosquito-gauzed with roof vents so you can lie back and enjoy the star-studded night skies.

    Overnight iconOvernight: Mobile Walking Safari Camp
  6. Day 6 - Mana Pools Shoreline Walking Safari - 24km, 6 – 7 hours on the walk, of which 2 -3 hours will be rest in the heat of the day.

    An early wake up today. Just as the dawn breaks hot water will be placed in raised basins outside your tent, while tea, coffee, muffins or homemade biscuits are already waiting by the campfire. You will only need to carry your small daypack with essentials such as sunblock, camera, 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 waking to a new day. You will walk for a couple of hours before stopping for al fresco breakfast under a grove of acacia trees. After breakfast you continue along the floodplains and the edge of the surrounding woodlands. This is a great time to try and see some of the predators before they rest for the day. You may even be lucky enough to spot one or more of the diurnal animals making their way down to the river.

    As the heat of the day rises, you will stop in a shaded spot to enjoy a bush lunch and rest whilst listening to the sound of the birds and marvelling at the beauty and tranquillity of this unique area.

    In the afternoon you continue on toward Chessa, your mobile camp for tonight. There is always lots to see on a walking safari; fascinating strange insects and spiders, a variety of animal spoors and plants which are used for a host of traditional medicine purposes. You may even find yourselves engrossed in tracking down a particular species. Your guides will have a wealth of knowledge to share about life in the bush.

    Today is a full day walk - with rest breaks - so if you become too tired along the way a back-up vehicle is available to collect you and drive you to camp instead, with game viewing en-route.

    This evening you will gather around the campfire sharing tales from the day, and after a hearty dinner it is time to enjoy a well-earned rest.

    Overnight iconOvernight: Mobile Walking Safari Camp
  7. Day 7 - Mana Pools Walking Safari to Zambezi Expeditions Camp - 10km, 3 – 4 hours.
    mana pools walking safari and lake kariba zimbabwe zambezi expeditions 1.

    An early wake up today. Just as the dawn breaks hot water will be placed in raised basins outside your tent, while tea, coffee, muffins or homemade biscuits are already waiting by the campfire. You will only need to carry your small daypack with essentials such as sunblock, camera, 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 waking to a new day. You will walk for a couple of hours before stopping for al fresco breakfast under a grove of acacia trees. After breakfast you continue along the floodplains and the edge of the surrounding woodlands. This is a great time to try and see some of the predators before they rest for the day. You may even be lucky enough to spot one or more of the diurnal animals making their way down to the river.

    As the heat of the day rises, you will stop in a shaded spot to enjoy a bush lunch and rest whilst listening to the sound of the birds and marvelling at the beauty and tranquillity of this unique area.

    In the afternoon you continue on toward Chessa, your mobile camp for tonight. There is always lots to see on a walking safari; fascinating strange insects and spiders, a variety of animal spoors and plants which are used for a host of traditional medicine purposes. You may even find yourselves engrossed in tracking down a particular species. Your guides will have a wealth of knowledge to share about life in the bush.

    Today is a full day walk - with rest breaks - so if you become too tired along the way a back-up vehicle is available to collect you and drive you to camp instead, with game viewing en-route.

    This evening you will gather around the campfire sharing tales from the day, and after a hearty dinner it is time to enjoy a well-earned rest.

    Overnight iconOvernight: Zambezi Expeditions Camp
  8. Day 8 - On safari from Zambezi Expeditions.

    This morning you will be awoken with coffee or tea served at your tent as the sun rises over the Zambezi.

    Over breakfast your guide will discuss the possible activities today which may involve a drive from camp to an area further afield to enjoy a walking safari where it is possible to encounter African wild dog on foot.

    As the heat of the day rises, you will return to camp for a leisurely lunch and free time to relax. It is likely that you will see a number of animals making their way past camp down to the water's edge to quench their thirst whilst discordant hippos declare the area their own.

    After High Tea you may wish to take a canoe safari along the bank of the Zambezi River. This leisurely activity allows you the opportunity to experience Mana Pools and its wildlife from the water. After a couple of hours paddling you will disembark on the river bank in front of camp and enjoy a well-earned sundowner.

    Overnight iconOvernight: Zambezi Expeditions Camp
  9. Day 9 - Depart Zambezi Expeditions. Fly to Lake Kariba - 1hour 20 minutes. Transfer to Bumi Hills Safari Lodge. Evening safari walk..

    Today you will bid farewell to Mana Pools. Bags need to be packed and ready to go before breakfast as you will be taking an early morning fight. You will be transferred to the local airstrip for the light aircraft flight to Lake Kariba and Bumi Hills. Here you will be met by your vehicle for the short journey to Bumi Hills Safari Lodge.

    From its position on a range of remote hills, Bumi Hills Safari Lodge has breath taking panoramic views over the great inland sea of Lake Kariba. Lakeview rooms are nested in the mountains overlooking the endless blue waters of the lake and the game-rich shoreline below.

    Later this afternoon you may either head down to Lake Kariba for a scenic lakeside walking safari or perhaps go on a walking adventure deeper into the bush to search for fossilized dinosaur footprints.

    You return to the lodge for dinner. The uninterrupted view from the bar and dining deck is superb, as are the brilliant pink-to-red-to-golden sunsets that Lake Kariba is famous for.

    Overnight iconOvernight: Bumi Hills Safari Lodge, Lake Kariba
  10. Day 10 - Lake Kariba safari activities.
    mana pools walking safari and lake kariba zimbabwe bumi hills sunset.

    Today you can choose your own morning and afternoon activities (arranged with your guide the night before), maybe a game drive in search of the local wildlife, a visit to a local village or perhaps trying your hand at a spot of tiger fishing.

    The charm of Bumi Hills Safari Lodge lies in the relaxed atmosphere of the place. For those intent on relaxation, the infinity pool or deck are ideal places to soak up the scenic vistas while spa treatments (at additional cost) can also be arranged.

    Overnight iconOvernight: Bumi Hills Safari Lodge, Lake Kariba
  11. Day 11 - Safari activity and sunset cruise, Lake Kariba

    A second full day at Bumi Hills lodge to relax and explore the incredible Lake Kariba scenery. Again you can select your preferred morning activity, subject to availability, but this afternoon your group will all head out onto the lake together for a farewell sunset cruise. Game viewing from a boat affords spectacular photographic opportunities and this is a wonderful way to spend your final evening in Africa.

    Overnight iconOvernight: Bumi Hills Safari Lodge, Lake Kariba
  12. Day 12 - Transfer and fly to Harare - 1hour. Depart for London.

    This morning is your last waking up in Zimbabwe. Enjoy breakfast on the terrace looking out at the magnificent views and game on the lakeshore below. After breakfast you will be transferred to the airstrip for your light aircraft flight to Harare. Here you will be met on arrival and assisted with check-in for your international flight back to London.

    Overnight iconOvernight: Departure Day
  13. Day 13 - Arrive UK.


2019

Dates Availability Land Only Flight Inclusive from
Fri 28 Jun - Wed 10 Jul 2019 Available£4685 Book£5480 Book
Fri 23 Aug - Wed 4 Sep 2019 Available£4685 Book£5480 Book

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What’s included

  • Guiding by professional local guides, armed for walking safaris
  • Two game viewing activities or a camp-to-camp walking safari each day
  • Accommodation in bush camps, mobile safari camps and a safari lodge
  • All national park and conservation fees
  • Laundry service
  • Safe drinking water throughout
  • Group medical kit
  • All road transport by private vehicles
  • Economy class return air fares from the UK – business class upgrade is available (flight inclusive only)
  • Internal air transfers to/from Harare airport (to coincide with the arrival/departure times of the Mountain Kingdoms group flights)
  • Internal flight between Mana Pools and Lake Kariba
  • UK Departure Tax
  • A free Mountain Kingdoms micro fleece
  • Opportunity to join one of our pre-trip meets in the Cotswolds

What’s not included

  • Travel insurance
  • Visa fees
  • Immunisations
  • Tips to camp staff, safari guides and scouts (guidance will be given in your dossier)
  • Premium drinks and champagne.
  • Additional activities and spa treatments at Bumi Hills


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