If the word adventure gets your pulse racing, you’ll love this six-night journey of exploration. Discover the wilderness on foot, by vehicle and by canoe, feel the thrill of being close to nature and wildlife while on safari, spend your days with a guide who knows tons of stuff he can’t wait to share. It’s the Greater Mana Expedition and you’ll find it at Sapi and Mana Pools Zimbabwe.
I’ll write more about the experience itself in another post. For now, come with me to discover the three camps where you spend two nights each, and find out more about what life is like while you’re in camp – the tents, the views, the food and the staff who quickly become friends.
You’ll spend the first two nights at Acacia Camp, with its beige canvas tents under a canopy of tall mopane trees, its views out over the Zambezi River. You’ll hear African fish eagles call in the morning. At night as you lie in your bed you can listen to spotted hyenas whoop and hippos grunt and wheeze.
The second camp is called Skybeds and is something totally different. It’s inland away from the Zambezi River, but set on a rise above the seasonal Sapi River. Although this river flows in summer, it’s a dry riverbed during May to November when the Greater Mana Expedition is running (it closes during the wet and hot summer months).
Your last two nights you spend at River Camp along the Zambezi River. The tents and main area are similar to Acacia Camp, but set a bit closer to the river and with a better view. For something a little different, here chef Traicos (filling in for a chef on leave) showed off his underground oven with two chickens perfectly roasted. Amazing what you can do with some hot coals, a hole in the ground and a well-sealed cover with more coals on top.
Note: I was a guest of Great Plains Conservation Zimbabwe’s Greater Mana Expedition for six nights, but I was given free rein to write what I chose. I paid for all travel costs.
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