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 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.Plan My Journey Speak To Us
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