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  1. As is probably apparent from the above responses, off road driving is expressly forbidden by NP rules, these are clearly displayed at the Parks office on boards and also on hand-outs, usually available at Marangora and the in-park office (there is at least one exception I am aware off, see below). With the freedom to walk at Mana (assuming the appropriate fee has been paid - necessary for self-drivers) this really shouldn't be much of an issue, but you do see vehicle tracks (sometimes with vehicles at the end of them...self drivers and operators!) in all sorts of peculiar, and most definitely 'off road' locations. Part of the problem for those who do not know Mana well is recognising what is a 'road' as some of these are very poorly defined. It only takes a few vehicles to run along a particular path, and it quickly looks like a 'road'. The exception I mentioned above? It is possible to buy a professional filming permit with an option to drive off-road. If the off-road option is taken, it must be prominently displayed on the vehicle. I have seen BBC crews there a couple of times - most recently 2015- using this facility. It is a double edged sword for them though...having 2 or 3 film crew vehicles parked close to a wild dog pack makes them very easy to find and quickly draws the crowds.
  2. Getting anywhere without a car certainly isn't a problem - we tend to amble about in a fairly random fashion most of the time....occasionally getting lost (but having a large river with tall mountains on the other side time to limit this risk). Anyway, I'm pretty sure we haven't stumbled upon @Nyala Pan before - it looks a great please, even with the sweat bees!
  3. Fantastic Nyala pictures...now you have posted pictures taken at a location I struggle to locate in my 'mental map' of Mana. Mopane bees are also known as 'sweat bees' for good reason - they are attracted to moisture.
  4. A great account of a wonderful encounter Michael. Your comments echo closely many of my thoughts about Wild Dogs - no other animal in the African bush seems so content to tolerate the presence of people, on foot, in their domain, and just get on with their lives...and you're correct, there are no recorded instances that I am aware of of dogs attacking people - which given how long they spend in very close proximity to humans on foot at Mana is remarkable! But not evertyone 'gets' wild dogs at all. There was a very splendid...magnificent even...Indian gentleman who we bumped into a time or two this year at Mana (we nicknamed him the 'Maharajah of Jaipur'!) and he admitted he just didn't understand peoples fascination with, and liking of the dogs at all. He much preferred the hippo which, most obligingly, visited his camp at 3pm each day. Hippos for courses I guess! `I can think of very few things better in this world than spending a morning sitting with a pack of wild dogs at Mana.
  5. @SafariChick so long as there is mesh between you and the toothy things, counterintuitivly, you should be fine. The entire dome of the tent I use at Mana is just mossie mesh - all the better to see what is going on in camp, moonlight permitting. Not so good when the baboons or vervets take a night-time pee though.
  6. During this 'how to deal with the heat' interlude in Michael's report, I'd very much recommend some sort of mist spray...great during the day, even better at night, especially with a small fan. Michael - you mentioned opening tent flaps to improve airflow at night...did this leave any sort of barrier and the toothy things outside? If not, I would caution doing this, I am aware of a number of very unpleasant incidents involving lion or hyena and people camping in Zim having left tent flaps/doors partially open at night. Right, back to the trip report.....
  7. Thoroughly enjoying both your entertaining narrative and photo's @michael-ibk - particularly impressed (and envious!) of your leopard sighting at Chisambiko. As for the cubs, I hope for the best for them. We felt this was a very fluid pride and saw various groupings throughout our week, including the females on their own (drinking at Mucheni 4 late one afternoon - exactly where your mud-bathing ele pictures were taken if I'm not mistaken) whilst the cubs were in the care of the two males a good 2km away, so fingers crossed, they are still OK and you were just unlucky @Seniortraveller
  8. I agree in principle with the posts above...though I wouldn't go as far as @ice and say 'don't' visit in November. If you choose to visit, do so 'eyes wide open'. I visited Mana during the last week of October this year and it was certainly hot - temperatures into the 50's (C) - but wildlife sightings were wonderful. We were fortunate that the rain arrived on our final night....more details here: We managed to get out of the Park by the skin of our teeth. As you will see, this amount of water falling had a detrimental effect on people visiting after the rain. Having said this, to my knowledge, this is the first time the rains have arrived this early, and this dramatically in the last 15 years.
  9. I'm sorry to hear that your safari wasn't up to expectations @Seniortraveller. Whilst a rare occurrence, I do wonder if safari packages to Mana at this time of year (November) should not only promote the possibility of great wildlife sightings, but also warn that, being a period of transition into the rainy season, there is a possibility that the experience might be less than stellar? (I appreciate that being an experienced traveller who had done their homework, you were aware of this risk @Seniortraveller but not everyone will be so well informed).
  10. A very fine bull elephant, with cattle egrets in attendance, grazing on water hyacinth in Chisambiko Pool, Mana, a few weeks ago. 2R4C7611 by Whyone, on Flickr 2R4C7604 by Whyone, on Flickr 2R4C7606 by Whyone, on Flickr 2R4C7617 by Whyone, on Flickr 2R4C7616 by Whyone, on Flickr
  11. Odd, but thanks fro your help and suggestions. Are these any more visible? 2R4C7739 by Whyone, on Flickr 2R4C7737 by Whyone, on Flickr 2R4C7729 by Whyone, on Flickr
  12. I'm very sorry to hear that @ice . After the quantity of rain we experienced, I did very much suspect that the animals would disperse inland.
  13. Strange @Peter Connan - I'm not sure what the problem is, the images are linked from flikr and show for me OK. Anyone else?
  14. A very fine (and obliging!) male Kudu, taken whilst walking on the Zambezi floodplain at Mana one morning a couple of weeks ago.2R4C7729 by Whyone, on Flickr2R4C7739 by Whyone, on Flickr2R4C7737 by Whyone, on Flickr
  15. Very interesting to hear your experiences @africawild - as you will have seen from my initial post, we were struggling to get away from the floodplain on the 28th - the day you were heading that way! Very exciting that you saw cheetah - always a rare and special treat at Mana. Its a shame you missed the dogs - they were very close to old Ndungu on the 26th - the final photo in post #1 was taken on the river front that morning - but is sounds like all that water impacted your visit a lot lass than I feared may have been the case. Did you get to see the lion cubs? On the afternoon of the 27th they were being looked after by the males on the opposite side of the road from the Old Ndungu turn.

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