Day 1-2: Mana Pools National Park, Zimbabwe, Kanga Camp
We'll meet you at the airport and assist you with immigration before hopping a short flight to Mana Pools.
Set far from the maddening crowds, Kanga Camp offers a private safari experience. It’s the perfect jumping off point for our canoe adventure. We can relax, do laundry and track wildlife on foot. This 12-bed seasonal camp attracts game with its popular water hole. Kick back, wash your knickers, the critters are coming to you.
“Mana” means four in Shona. It refers to the four permanent water holes created by the seasonal overflow of the Zambezi. Kanga Pan is the permanent water source in neighborhood, attracting a diverse array of neighbors, like elephants, buffalos, kudus, zebras, impalas and water bucks. Such delectable game makes it a paradise for predators, like the lion pride who set up permanent residence in the vicinity. Wild dogs, leopards, cheetah, crocodile and hyena enjoy this smorgasbord as well.
Bird watchers delight! Our camp offers excellent birding, too.
The walk-in Meru style tents are comfortably furnished with private verandas overlooking the water hole. Enjoy en suite bathroom facilities with outdoor bucket showers and flushing toilets. Rechargeable units and kerosene lanterns provide lighting.
Chill on the raised deck under shady trees with a view of the splash pool where game come for a drink.
Day 3-5: Canoe-A-Palooza
Paddles up! All aboard for our floating safari. It all begins near the confluence of the Ruckomechi and Zambezi Rivers. We’ll paddle along the Mana Pools shoreline toward Chikwenya Island in the Mana Pools Wilderness Area.
We’ll rest our paddles at mobile camps along the banks for three glorious nights. All accommodations, meals, local beverages and canoeing activities are included.
Your safari team makes the camping part of this adventure painless by taking care of the camp chores. The eco-friendly camp will be taken down and all equipment and luggage transferred to the next campsite by 4x4 vehicle while you take to the river. The tents are custom built, spacious, mosquito-proof, walk-in style with comfortable beds made with fresh linen and en suite facilities (long drop toilets during the day and hot open air showers with en suite chemical toilets for night use). The camp has full waiter and bar service. Meals are freshly prepared on open campfires by experienced bush cooks, enjoyed under the expanse of the African sky.
A typical day on the river starts before sunrise when you throw your day pack into the canoe and watch the sunrise from river. We’ll paddle for a few hours at a time with regular stops to relax and enjoy picnic lunches.
Day 6-8: Rhino Island
Next stop, Rhino Island! We’ll hop a plane, then a boat to Matusadona National Park for three days at the remote and rustic Rhino Island Safari Camp on the shores of Lake Kariba, the world’s largest reservoir (four times the size of Three Gorges Dam on the Yangtze).
A stunning contrast of flat plains and rugged mountains, we’ll scour the island for its eponymous inhabitant, the endangered black rhinoceros.
“The Mantus” boasts the second largest concentration of wild lions in Africa as well as strong populations of elephants, endangered painted dogs and buffalo herds.
We’ll explore the bush by foot, boat and 4x4 vehicle. Our walking safaris start before sunrise as we comb through the mopane and riverine woodlands.
Our intimate camp holds 14 guests in seven twin-bedded rooms and affords us a custom safari experience that’s a perfect blend of comfort and wildness.
Day 9-11: Somalisa Camp
Au revoir, Rhino Island! Bonjour, Hwange. A float and flight take us to Hwange National Park where we’ll enjoy a game drive on the way to our next stop, Somalisa Camp.
Zulu warrior King Mzilikazi’s former hunting ground, the park was set aside in 1929. Variety is the spice of life and the Hwange has a full rack with over 100 species of mammals, 400 species of birds and 100 species of trees and shrubs.
Our authentic African bush camp merges colonial luxury with ancient tribal style. Your fare includes laundry (you know you will have some dirty clothes after canoe-a-palooza).
Day 12: Victoria Falls
As we head back to Victoria Falls in an air-conditioned van, we have the option to stop at the Painted Dog Project. Painted dogs, also known as African Wild Dogs, are unique in all the world and one of the continent’s most endangered species. Zimbabwe is one of the last painted dog strongholds and the Painted Dog Project’s efforts are bearing fruit.
Your fare includes breakfast and transfer to Victoria Falls. A donation to the Painted Dog Project is optional and totally awesome.
Listed below are hotels/lodges/resorts that the safari tour operator can accomodate for you.