Safaritalk Mana Pools Special Safari guided By Doug Macdonald and in Support of the Zambezi Elephant Fund.
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I’m really pleased, thanks to Matt, to be able to offer Safaritalk members and their families the chance to come and experience Mana Pools with me in November this year on a Safaritalk Special Safari. Also we’ll have the chance to meet and speak with members of the Zambezi Elephant Fund.
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(ZEF) works to actively protect elephants in the Zambezi Valley, Zimbabwe by putting a stop to poaching and developing and putting in place systems that ensure the long-term safety of these incredible animals and the security and growth of other wildlife in the area, together with the protection of the environment and the improvement and sustainability of these efforts.The Zambezi Elephant Fund recognises the importance of involving and supporting local communities – and projects are in place already that can be further supported by the Zambezi Elephant Fund. It’s an organisation that I personally support and you can find out more about their work by visiting their website: www.zambezielephantfund.org. (Note: a 250 USD donation to the organistion will be made from the total cost of each participant.)
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The itinerary is as follows:
- 1 Night Harare
- 2 Nights Chitake Springs
- 4 Nights Mana Pools Flood Plain
- 2 Night Chikwenya Safari Lodge
- US$3750.00 per person – Minimum 6 guests (confirmed by 1st July)
21 Nov 2016 – You arrive at Harare International Airport, after clearing customs and immigration formalities you will be met by a representative of Doug Macdonald’s Safaris. We then have a short transfer to your lodge for the night in the suburbs of Harare at the very comfortable Guinea Fowl Lodge – here we will all meet and relax with a great home cooked meal and get ready for the safari the next day.
22 Nov – After a good breakfast we shall then head to the airport for the flight to Mana Pools in a light aircraft – we will land at the main Mana Pools airstrip and from here we shall set off in an open safari vehicle to our first destination at Chitake Springs. This amazing place is close to the Zimbabwean side of the Rift Valley and this remote area has an amazing and permanent spring that supplies water to a large number of animals in an otherwise dry area. All through the day and night there is a steady flow of animals coming and going to Chitake Springs and of course with this comes the predators. This often makes a stay here quite action packed and our camp will be set up right on the edge of the water so there is often wildlife very close to or in the camp. The camp itself will have walk in safari dome tents that have two beds and the toilet and shower facilities will be shared, the bucket shower will be shared, and meals will be cooked on an open fire by a well experienced safari chef. As there are very few roads here we spend most of our time walking in this area or just sitting at a vantage point watching the activity around this very active and exciting area.
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24 Nov – From here we travel across the Zambezi Valley and down to the Mana Pools Flood Plain where we shall be for the next four nights. On our way there we will stop at the Zambezi Elephant Fund Rangers Post where you can meet the men involved with protecting our elephants and wildlife and see for yourself the facility and how the money we donate is spent. The mobile camp we had at Chitake will now be changed and you will have larger tents with en suite facilities and will be set up for us on the banks of the Zambezi River in the heart of the Mana Pools Flood Plain. From here we shall be able to explore the whole Mana Pools flood plain area – either on foot or by vehicle. You will be amazed by the density of wildlife on the floodplain that are drawn by the water and food provided by the Zambezi River. Highlights here could include tracking on foot a pride of lions or one of the packs of wild dogs that hunt through this area, and at this time of the year it is usual for them to have their puppies moving with the pack. Following on foot behind a big elephant bull as it makes way through the day is also a great way to spend some safari time. We try here to do as much walking as possible as this is the best way to enjoy the Mana Pools experience. Meals will be served al fresco under the canopy of trees that line the river bank and always with the sounds of the bush in the background.
28 Nov – Today we head further downstream and cross the Nyamatusi Wilderness area of Mana Pools before reaching the private concession area of the comfortable Chikwenya Safari Lodge on the boundary of Mana Pools. This is a very remote area of the Zambezi Valley with excellent wildlife and from here we have the flexibility of being able to go out on the Zambezi River by boat and to do night drives as well along with the game drives and walks. It’s a great way to finish off a stay in Mana Pools.
30 Nov – Today you leave Mana Pools by charter aircraft that will fly from Mana back to Harare and the flights will be times to correspond with your International Flights.
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- Accommodation and transfers in Harare on a Bed and Breakfast Basis
- All Accommodation in Mana Pools on a fully inclusive sharing basis as described above which includes drinks and meals. (Note: Drinks not included at Chikwenya)
- All Game Viewing Activities
- Transfers between camps in Mana Pools
- Seat rate air charters between Harare and Mana Pools – Mana Pools and Harare
- Private vehicle and privately Guided by Doug Macdonald in Mana Pools
- National Parks Fees
- Departure Taxes from Harare
- A US$250.00 donation to the Zambezi Elephant Fund
- Travel Insurance with remote evacuation cover
- Tips and Gratuities
- Items of a personal nature
How to book: contact me at Doug Macdonald’s Safaris to Africa via email: email@example.com stating SAFARITALK SPECIAL OFFER in the subject line and mentioning your Safaritalk screen name in the enquiry so I know who you are. Feel free to ask any questions via email, or, if you’d prefer to add your questions in the replies below, I’ll be happy to respond.
I look forward to personally guiding you in Mana Pools later this year.
I'll be uploading photos of the various accommodation in the next couple of days.