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Mana Shoreline Walking Safari

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4 Days, 3 Nights

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8 people

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The Mana Shoreline Walking Safari is a luxurious mobile camp where you leave camp with the sunrise and leisurely walk your way to the next camp. Arriving at the next camp you will find an ice cold drink, hot shower and dinner being prepared. This Safari on foot allows you to experience the wonders of nature from the tiniest insect to the mighty elephants that roam the valley. This 3 night, 4 day safari follows the Zambezi River through the Mana Pools National Park.  Walking begins near the confluence of the Ruckomechi River and Zambezi River and continues along the Mana Pools shoreline to Illala Camp across from Chikwenya Island in the Mana Pools ‘Wilderness Area.’


Day 1
After being collected by your guide you are driven to the first nights camp, a distance of approximately 30km. This is a leisurely game drive through the spectacular Mana Pools floodplain. The vehicles are open with good all round views. The highest concentrations of wildlife in Zimbabwe are in this area and the drive-through is usually very productive, allowing your guide to give you an overview of the various animals, birds and plants that make up this unique habitat.
On arrival at Vundu, the first camp, you will be met with the welcome smiles of our support staff and a lunch of cold meats, a variety of salads and freshly baked breads.
After a refreshing lunch break, you will be taken on a short drive to the start of your walking safari near the confluence of the Ruckomechi and Zambezi Rivers where the professional guide give a full safety briefing include pointing out where all the equipment is kept, such as first aid kits, as well as explaining what to do in the case of an emergency.
This is a slow walk allowing time to become accustomed to the area. You should also start to see some of the multitudes of animals and birds that are attracted to the water’s edge. Hippo, buffalo, elephant and crocodile, as well as a variety of antelope species, may be seen.
Arrival at camp is around sunset. The camp will be prepared for your arrival so you will be able to sit back and relax with sundowners and snacks – tea and coffee and hot showers are also available. Invariably guests will gather to discuss the day’s events around the campfire and plan for the morning. In the background, your support staff and resident cook are busy preparing a three-course dinner for you.
Day 2
An early wake-up, just as the dawn breaks. Hot water is placed in raised basins outside each tent, while tea, coffee, muffins or homemade biscuits are already waiting by the campfire. While everyone gets their personal kit together the support staff get everything together that will be needed for the day. You need only worry about a small daypack carrying the essentials such as sunblock, camera and spare film, hat and binoculars.
The aim is to be walking in time to watch the sunrise. This is one of the most magical times of the day and you will be enchanted as you drift along quietly, listening to the sounds of the African bush wakening to a new day. Walk for a couple
of hours before stopping to breakfast under a grove of acacia trees. After breakfast set off on a walk into the floodplains and surrounding woodlands. This is a great time to try and catch some of the predators before they hide up for the day. You may even be lucky enough to spot one or more of the diurnal animals making their way down to the river.
This walk offers an opportunity, not only for game viewing but also a chance for you to explore some of the smaller more interesting aspects of the environment. You will spot a variety of animal spoors, and may even find yourselves engrossed in tracking down a particular species. Strange insects and spiders will fascinate you as your guides share a wealth of knowledge about this miniature world that forms such an integral part of the bush. You will listen to the sound of the many brightly coloured birds and marvel at the beauty and tranquillity of this unique area.
You can choose to either continue walking or call the backup vehicle to come and collect you – this afternoon consists of a lovely lunch and then a siesta. Once again you will walk into Chessa, the next fully set up camp, where our staff are ready to welcome you back.
Day 3
This follows the same basic itinerary as day two, with a pre-dawn wake up and sunrise. However, this is the day that you will enter the “Wilderness Area” of Mana Pools National Park where there is limited access to people and vehicles. From here
on it is a much more remote environment with very few people.
Breakfast may be taken on the Mbera River floodplain, which comprises stunning acacia woodland with large patches of thick “Adrenaline” grass – a habitat much favoured by all the predators. Towards the end of the dry season, it also hosts large groups of female elephants with their babies. This afternoon is as per day two. This night’s camp is called Ilala.
Day 4
Depending on your departure time, or if you are moving on to an alternative camp, you may either take another early walk before breakfast or have a lie in! After that, there will be a short game drive to the airstrip or Nyamepi, Mana Main Camp where we bid you farewell! As you depart with your memories, we know that this experience will have enriched your life and touched your soul!


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  • check-1 Complimentary laundry (time permitting).
  • remove ALL NATIONAL PARKS FEES (contact Natureways or your agent).
  • remove Transfers to and from Mana Pools National Park.
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