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Mana Pools Explorer Safari

The 7-night Mana Pools explorer safari – a canoeing and walking combination with top professional guides, outstanding wildlife and authentic camps… one of Africa’s top safari spots!

  • Kariba
  • Mana Pools, Zimbabwe
  • 8 days/7 nights

Highlights of the Mana Pools Explorer

The safari starts in a lodge overlooking beautiful Lake Kariba. The perfect spot for an early start to your canoeing adventure on the Lower Zambezi. Canoeing the beautiful Mana Pools National Park and along the Zambezi’s shoreline finishing 75km (46 miles) downstream

  • 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 of Africa
  • one of the best walking areas in Southern Africa
  • awe-inspiring ‘on foot’ interactions with elephant
  • nights are spent camping on the banks of the Zambezi River

This is a semi-participatory trip which means that everyone mucks in to help set up camp each night.

Best time to do the Mana Pools Explorer

  • Mana Pools Explorer safari runs from May to October
  • September and October – best for concentrations of game. Bear in mind that it’s very hot before the rains which usually arrive in November.

ItineraryFrom $2485

Day 1 - Lake Kariba Day 1 - Lake Kariba View More

Mana Pools Explorer trip will start with an overnight stay in Hornbill Lodge. Safety briefings for preparation of the canoes on the river and procedures for camping.

Day 2 - Mana Pools National Park Day 2 - Mana Pools National Park View More

7.30 pick up from your hotel, check in at canoe HQ in Kariba. Extra extra luggage and valuables can be left be safely left here. Transfer to Chirundu for your canoe adventure. Camp on Kakomarara Is.

Day 3 - Mana Pools National Park Day 3 - Mana Pools National Park View More

Up at sunrise for tea/biscuits. 2 hours paddling until breakfast stop. Canoe until noon, lunch and siesta. Canoe until 5, set up camp on Lone Acacia Island.

Day 4 - Mana Pools National Park Day 4 - Mana Pools National Park View More

The day takes follows the same pattern as day 3. Regular stops for drinks/paddle breaks. Stopping on Trichelia Island for the night.

Days 5-7 - Mana Pools National Park Days 5-7 - Mana Pools National Park View More

Met by transfer vehicle, drive to Camp Zambezi, your base for 3 nights. Relax and enjoy the game watching, good for birding and botany too.

Day 8 - Departure Day 8 - Departure View More

Transferred to the Mana Pools main airstrip after breakfast for your flight to Kariba Airport. From here, you will connect to your ongoing flights.

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Useful info How to get thereTips and notes

How to get there

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.)

Tips and notes

There is no single supplement. 

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.

The price includes:

  • 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

Excludes:

  • 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

Accommodation: 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.

This camping safari offers a unique adventure – perfect if you’re looking for an iconic African safari, an opportunity to enjoy one of the wildest stretches of the lower Zambezi River. There’s plenty of wildlife activity too with the game that relies on the river for their existence.

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.

You’ll need a reasonable level of fitness
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.

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