Wild Dogs of Mana with Nick Dyer

10 days
FROM £ 6545
Countries Visited: Zimbabwe
Conservation Experience

Wild Dogs of Mana with Nick Dyer

This is a wonderful opportunity to explore the wildlife and landscapes of Zimbabwe and will particularly appeal to keen photographers and especially those fascinated by African Wild Dogs and the unique wilderness of Mana Pools, where you spend 6 nights on safari at two different camps in contrasting areas. The trip also visits Hwange where you have 3 nights on safari, and offers a behind the scenes conservation insight with a visit to the Painted Dog Conservation Centre. You are led by a Painted Wolf expert and professional photographer Nick Dyer, as well as by an African Bush Camps pro safari guide. In Mana Pools they will safely guide you on foot, providing a unique perspective to viewing the remote Zambezi Valley’s incredible wildlife.

This trip starts on 4th November with a flight from Victoria Falls to Hwange. If you would like to add on a few nights in the Falls pre-departure please do let us know. There is a wonderful African Bush Camps property, Thorntree River Lodge, as well as a wide variety of other properties to choose from.

The trip ends in Harare.

Nick Dyer
Nick is an award-winning photographer. He is a finalist in the 2018 Natural History Museum's Wildlife Photographer of the Year competition, with a photo taken in Mana Pools. He is the co-founder of Painted Wolf Foundation and co-authored the book “Painted Wolves: A Wild Dog’s Life” which features the same packs as seen in the BBC Dynasties wild dog episode. Nick has spent much of the last six years in Mana Pools and knows the packs and territories intimately as well as their family history, dynamics and even individual dogs by name. Nick will be with you throughout the tour to provide a deeper insight into your safari experience as well as guide you through the incredible photographic opportunities when on foot.

Mana Pools in November
This trip leaves in early November. November is a very exciting time to be in Mana. The dry season is coming to the end and the abundant game is concentrated on the floodplain around the life giving water of the Zambezi and Mana’s stunning pools. Birdlife is prolific and iconic big bull elephants graze the luscious Albida pods, some standing on their hind legs. But really it is an incredible time for the predators – the big cats and Mana’s famous wild dogs. The wild dogs hunt each morning, and having slept off the heat of the day wake up to play to renew their strong social bonds. You will be witnessing these incredible sightings mostly on foot, far from the confines of a vehicle. Nowhere else in Africa will you have such an intimate encounter with the continents’ incredible wildlife.

While November is hot the camps have been selected carefully, each on the shores of the mighty Zambezi River. They are the best situated, not only for the proximity to wildlife (elephants and wild dogs often wander through the camp) but the river provides a welcome and refreshing breeze.

You'll be waking early to see the Mana dawn and to make the most of 'golden time' for photography. During the heat of the day you'll have the wonderful African Bush Camp properties to retreat to, including private plunge pools with river views at luxurious Nyamatusi.

Photo credit: The Nyamatusi Pack (Tammy's Pack) by Nick Dyer.

The Real World Conservation Trust (formerly Real Africa Trust) works with leading conservation organisations to raise awareness as well as raising funds for specific projects. Partners include Save the Elephants, Save the Rhino, The Sheldrick Trust, Rhino Conservation Botswana and Animals saving Animals. You can find out more on our Conservation pages. On behalf of every client travelling, Real Africa makes a donation to the Trust. Our aim is to raise awareness about the plight of endangered species and to promote sustainable, socially responsible travel which benefits the wildlife and communities you choose to visit. The Trust's current campaign, Explorers against Extinction has successfully raised enough money to fund a brand new canine unit for RCB. Two pups were trained with Animals saving Animals and deployed to Botswana in summer 2018 as rhino protection dogs. Visit our News and Conservation pages for more info! African Bush Camps runs its own charitable Foundation which you contribute to when booking a stay with them. Water and energy are precious resources that are too often in short supply in arid Africa. The Foundation seeks to assist in putting the best environmental methods into practice in each African Bush Camps safari camp, from solar-powered waterholes to basic energy conservation programmes. Outside the camps, they work with the surrounding communities to implement human-wildlife conflict mitigation techniques and work with both elders and children to learn and understand innovative ways to conserve resources whilst implementing sustainable land-use practices.

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Safari Itinerary

DAY 1 - 3

Hwange National Park
Enjoy a bird's eye view as you fly the short distance from Victoria Falls to Hwange National Park. You will be met at the airstrip and transferred to Somalisa Expeditions. Activities over the next few days include game drives accompanied by Nick Dyer, an expert on African Wild Dogs. As well as game drives, you can enjoy bush walks and game viewing from the camp's own hides. Guests can expect to see elephant, kudu and sable antelope, zebra, wildebeest, gemsbok, the rare and endangered roan antelope, buffalo, giraffe, lion, leopard, hyena, and other wildlife species. Hwange National Park: A haven for over 100 mammals and 400 bird species, the park protects populations of all of Zimbabwe’s endangered species, elephants numbering in excess of 20,000 (up from around 4,000 when the park was proclaimed), and what is thought to be one of the largest populations of African wild dog left in the world. Large prides of lion and buffalo are frequently seen here and you have a good chance of spotting leopard and rhino in addition to cheetah and spotted hyena. The wild and woolly brown hyena also occurs here and is something of a rarity.

DAY 4 - 6

Mana Pools
After breakfast you will transferred for your flight to Mana Pools Airstrip. Your first stay in Mana Pools is riverside in a magnificent position in the middle of the park at a mobile/seasonal tented camp: Zambezi Expeditions. Each tent has en suite bathroom facilities with hot bucket showers and the main area has charging facilities for your all-important cameras. With unique access to the river, you will spend the next few days exploring the bush including guided game drives in an open 4x4 across the floodplains into the heart of Mana with Nick Dyer, tracking, safari walks and canoeing. Mana Pools National Park: The life-giving power of the Zambezi River makes Mana Pools National Park one of Zimbabwe’s most lush and flourishing regions, designated as the country’s second World Heritage Site and known as one of the continent’s premier game-viewing regions. Canoe trips are offered year-round and provide a unique and memorable way for visitors to experience the area’s striking scenic beauty and diverse fauna, while guided walks are a great way to take its pristine riverside forests. This is the best place to see the rare African Wild Dog as Mana Pools is home to some well established packs.

DAY 7 - 9

Mana Pools
Today after breakfast you will head east arriving at your new home, beautiful Nyamatusi Camp. This is a luxurious bush camp of just 6 tented suites in the remote eastern sector of Mana Pools. It sits right on the banks of the Zambezi River and offers game drives, bush walks and canoeing. The camp is brand new and part of the conservation focused African Bush Camps portfolio. Nyamatusi offers a little taste of luxury in the middle of the wilderness. All suites offer private viewing decks and plunge pools.
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  • All domestic/regional flights and departure taxes specified
  • All accommodation on full board basis
  • All transfers
  • All park fees on safari
  • Game drives/activities on safari operated by the camps and lodges with other clients on the Wild Dog Safari
  • Laundry
  • Emergency medical evacuation insurance
  • ATOL financial protection
  • The services of our offices in Zimbabwe and the UK with 24/7 contact details
Not Included: International flights, travel insurance, meals not specified, gratuities, any items of a personal nature, visa fees etc.

Price Guide

  • Per person sharing: £6,545 pp
  • This is an expert-led, small group set departure starting in Victoria Falls on 4th November 2019 and ending in Harare on 13th November 2019
  • The group will have a maximum of 6 guests (minimum of 2 guests)
  • The price guide is based on the accommodation, safaris and transfers as listed above and is subject to availability at the time of booking.

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