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Exploring the Lower Zambezi Valley

Overview

Join us on a four-day adventure in the wild and remote Mana Pools National Park, a World Heritage Site in the Lower Zambezi Valley. On this pre- or post-trip extension, you’ll have the chance to explore on foot, go birdwatching, boating, and canoeing—all in search of terrific birding and some of Africa’s legendary big game at one of the most beautiful and remote tented camps in the area.

Detailed Itinerary

Day 1
Arrive / Mana Pools National Park

A morning flight from Victoria Falls brings you to Mana Pools National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, where you’ll explore this wildlife paradise on foot, a chance to get really close to the wildlife. “Mana” means “four” in the local Shona language, and refers to four pools that are the remnants of oxbow lakes formed by the Zambezi River as it has changed course over thousands of years. Overnight at Ruckomechi Camp...BLD

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Days 2-3
Mana Pools National Park

The park is renowned for its number of elephants, and many bull elephants can stand on their back legs and stretch 25-30 feet up into the tree canopy to feed—a unique sight! Bush walks at Mana Pools are especially interesting. There’s absolutely no predicting what is around any corner, but elephants, buffalo, impalas, waterbucks, and baboons are seen on just about every walk. Wild dogs are also regularly seen at Mana Pools, while lions and leopards are often seen close to camp. Other activities here include 4WD gameviewing, night drives, boating, birdwatching, and optional canoeing on the Zambezi River…BLD each day

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Day 4
Depart

Transfer to the airport for your flight home or to Day 1 of your itinerary (for pre-trip extensions)...B

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Details

Length: 4 days
Cost From: $4795  
Arrive: Mana Pools, Zimbabwe
Depart: Mana Pools, Zimbabwe
Lodging: 3 nights tented camps
Meals: Meals as indicated (B=Breakfast, L=Lunch, D=Dinner)
Activity: Wildlife & Natural History, Safaris
Trip Level:

4WD gameviewing, moderate walks, 2-4 hours a day, optional canoeing