Defined by one of the world’s great rivers, Mana Pools is Zimbabwe’s premier walking safari destination. As well as vehicle and boat activities, Wilderness offer seasonal guided walks from a choice of camps overlooking the Zambezi.
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Famous for a rich proliferation of classic Africa wildlife that includes elephant, African wild dog and lion, Mana Pools is Zimbabwe's best walking safari venue. The combination of Zambezi waters and photogenic (and shady) woodlands makes it attractive for combining drives, boating and canoeing with exploration on foot. It also is blessed with some of Africa's best Trails Guides, who know how to interpret the full ecosystem.
Wilderness have three camps that offer the full range of safari activities, including guided walks. At the western end of Mana Pools, Ruckomechi is located in a large private conservation area. Its ten rooms are shaded by ana trees, and their fruits are favoured by elephants, who wander freely through the unfenced camp. Nearby and downriver, Little Ruckomechi is a smaller camp which offers a similar experience.
Further downstream at the other extreme of Mana Pools, Chikwenya camp is nestled in a forest of albida and Natal mahogany trees overlooking the river. Raised walkways link seven rooms to the main lounge and dining areas and the pool and deck are perfect venues to pass the middle of the day enjoying the views of landscape and passing wildlife.
The best walking season at Mana Pools is from April-August, and from September it starts to get hotter. The camps close for the summer from mid-November until April.
Walks are open to children of 13 and above, and the maximum group size is generally six.
Dawn walks are available as the main activity of the morning, or can be combined with vehicle and boat exploration. A game viewing vehicle is used to drive from camp to the starting point, and the duration and pace is determined by conditions and guest preferences.
Activities start early to make the most of the best wildlife viewing opportunities and rich light, and guests can either return to camp for breakfast or avail of a bush breakfast in the wilds.
- All meals and all local drinks
- Twice daily scheduled camp activities
- Park fees
- Premium imported brands and champagne