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Let's talk Mana Pools National Park. (Zimbabwe)


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#41 Doug Macdonald

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Posted 28 February 2016 - 06:09 AM

Hi Lars - I would agree that if you plan to see Mana for a first time then pick one of the prime months ( Aug onwards ). However when you have done that then seeing it in the green is magical but I would suggest late November or early December as being best for this.

Hwange is in great shape at the moment so you will have a great time - where are you going to be staying

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Posted 28 February 2016 - 10:31 AM

Thanks @Doug Macdonald for your advice. I'll be saving Mana for another time. Hopefully I don't have to wait too long.

 

Good to hear Hwange is in a great shape right now. A few more weeks and I'll be experiencing it, can't wait! I'll be staying at Khulu lodge.


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Posted 19 August 2016 - 10:12 AM

Hi all

I'm planning a trip to Mana in October 2016. Thankfully they still have some spots in Nyamepi! We are not Zim residents (UK-based), and the price quoted was $75 for a camping spot per night, plus $20 per person per day in park fees. It is $115 for a riverside campsite. 

  • Do these prices seem correct? This puts our "quick 4-day trip to Mana" at over $600, without considering vehicle hire and fuel and food etc. Surprisingly expensive!
  • Are there any ways to reduce the cost? Anyone have any tips?

Thanks a million!


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Posted 19 August 2016 - 12:10 PM

@aquilar. Welcome to Safaritalk. It would be best to put your enquiry in its own thread under the trip planning forum as it will get lost here.

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Posted 19 August 2016 - 03:18 PM

Given that Mana Pools seems so walking centric with the organised camps/professional guides; what are the age restrictions for walking safaris?
By law in Zambia for example, you must be over 12.
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Posted 19 August 2016 - 03:23 PM

@aquilar. Welcome to Safaritalk. It would be best to put your enquiry in its own thread under the trip planning forum as it will get lost here.

 

 

Thanks @twaffle !

 

I've re-posted the question here



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Posted 10 September 2016 - 05:03 PM

Was in mana 2sih weeks ago. Wonderful. Wild dogs, lions, leopards and so on. Highly recommended Mana, its by far one of my favorite stops on my trip.
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Posted 10 September 2016 - 05:14 PM

Sounds awesome, BobsCreek! We are going in October. Did you walk solo or with a guide? Got any tips for wildlife-spotting?!



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Posted 10 September 2016 - 06:07 PM

Given that Mana Pools seems so walking centric with the organised camps/professional guides; what are the age restrictions for walking safaris?
By law in Zambia for example, you must be over 12.

 

Not sure @ZaminOz I have seen children younger than 12 there.  Most notably that rather famous family from Argentina who traveled the world in a vehicle and some of the children were born en route. I think some of their children were under 12 when I saw them in Mana 2 years ago

 

@Doug Macdonald may be able to advise on this.

 

Have you checked the Mana Pools NP web site or Zambezi Society website. They set some of the rules/codes of conduct for Mana







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