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Enjoy a luxury four-day guided canoe safari in a small group (maximum 8 people) along the Zambezi River running through Zimbabwe‘s Mana Pools National Park. Constantly listed as one of the top ten game reserves in Africa and all of your accommodation and food taken care of, this is a tour guaranteed to delight and astound.
Mana Pools is a 2,500 km national park in Zimbabwe where the Zambezi River breaks into floodplains and forms four giant pools after which the park is named. Escorted by a fully trained and licensed expert guide, this trip will see you both walking and canoeing along the shores of the Zambezi River, staying in a series of luxury mobile camps at the end of each day.
The Mana Pools is home to some of the most magnificent animals of Africa, including lions, hippos, buffalo, elephants and an incredibly diverse range of birds. The park is a rare haven in the modern world, having no permanent structures, fences, electricity or any other outward signs of man’s existence. Being able to tour this natural playground at your leisure and under the watchful eye of a jovial host is a phenomenal way to get up close to the wildlife of Africa.
The tour is geared towards seeing the above animals and many more, all in the context of a classic bush camping experience. The aim of the trip is to get as close to nature as is possible, enjoy the sunrise as you drift along the water in your 18ft Canadian canoe, listening to the sounds of the African bush wakening to a new day. When not in a canoe, your guides will take you on walks into the bush, tracking down animals and birds to spot in the open lands as well as the expanse full-canopy mopane and acacia forest. The guides are incredibly knowledgeable of the landscape and its wildlife, making sure every step of the way is as wonderful as it is safe.
Without a single shadow of a doubt this is a truly exceptional safari and seriously worth considering. Conducted in a way which pays the greatest of respects to nature, the aesthetic of the trip is one of old-fashioned bush camping and a real treat for wildlife enthusiasts. Canoeing is the main feature of the tour, and the operator also offers more extensive guided game trips along the river and in the park which can be added on to either the beginning or end of this tour. What is also excellent about this is that no previous experience is necessary, as all training is given by one of the expert staff members.
Children under 14 can only be accepted onto private departures or trips in conjunction with other families (a 20% discount applies for under 12s). It’s advised to check out visa restrictions before travelling – at the time of writing a compulsory 30-day visa is required at a small fee (£20.) Currently no injections are required before entering the country, but it is necessary to undertake a course of anti malaria tablets before, during and after your tour.
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