Mana Pools Tourism Services

5.0/5 – 33 Reviews

$6,454 pp (USD)

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Manapools.com - Glamping + Self-Drive Zim Safaris

Manapools.com - Glamping + Self-Drive Zim Safaris

Mana Pools Tourism Services

5.0/5  
(33 Reviews)
Office In:
Zimbabwe Zimbabwe
Size:
1-5 employees (Founded in 2015)
Member Of:
Wild Zambezi & Zimbabwe Tourism Authority (ZTA)
Tour Types:
Custom budget & mid-range tours that can start every day
Destinations:
Zimbabwe ZW
Manapools.com - Glamping + Self-Drive Zim Safaris

Manapools.com - Glamping + Self-Drive Zim Safaris

Authentic Zim the way Zimbos do it, twice the fun of cookie-cutter corporate tours at a fraction of the cost. Self-Drive & Glamping (with chef) options. We operate our own fleet of fully-equipped 4x4's and collaborate closely with Zimparks to plan your itinerary around all of Zimbabwe's prime and unspoiled destinations. You stay at selected remote wild campsites deep within Zim's National Parks whilst qualified rangers escort you on foot. We know Zim best because we live here, and we love it.

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Brilliant!
5/5

If you’re thinking about a Zimbabwe self drive adventure this is the company to contact. Ant is very communicative, helpful and has lots of good advice and local knowledge. The vehicle was ideal for the self drive safari, well equipped with everything you need, and the handover with Kosta was informative and useful. We loved our time in Zim, people are really friendly, roads are challenging, scenery and animals amazing and Kariba ferry great fun with a swim stop mid lake! Wished we could have stayed longer…

Everything smoothly and without problems
5/5

Vehicle was in very good condition, no complaints. They showed us all functions and introduced us to the camping equipment. also vehile return went very smoothly

Manapools.com - Just incredible!
5/5

We had the most incredible trip in Zim thanks to Ant and the team at manapools.com. It was brilliantly planned and we were very sad to wave goodbye to our 4x4. Cannot recommend them enough!

Amazing service from start to finish providing an epic adventure
5/5

Manapools.com delivered a unique "holiday" experience for us that i will remember for the rest of my life. From our first enquiry they provided an excellent service giving invaluable insight into what was possible in the time we had and understanding what we wanted to get out of the trip. Ant came up with a great itinerary that was challenging but rewarding in the most amazing way. The vehicles were great and dealt with everything we did without missing a beat. The roads are as bad as they say, don't underestimate that part! The B&B at the end was the perfect place to de-compress and get ready for our flight home. All in all an amazing trip that i'd like to again only with more time. Great value for money too.

An excellent tour provider - every effort made to ensure a wonderful and trouble-free holiday
5/5

We made a return trip to Zimbabwe 25 years after last going there. Our research suggested that this time we needed to partner with a tour company and Mana pools.com proved a good choice. A whatsapp call with Ant Bown established an itinerary which was refined with a further call and messages - 4 nights camping at Mana Pools and a further 2 days sailing on Lake Kariba. Ant provided us with a fully equipped 4x4 vehicle and linked us with a driver who would also manage the logisitics of travel, setting up camp and catering and generally trouble shooting. This worked very well. We were able to relax and watch the countryside roll by while our driver negotiated the potholes and traffic. At Mana Pools we camped by the Zambezi in a comfortable tent with basic but adequate amenities near by. The camp is unfenced and we were visited by an elephant investigated our dinner table on the first night and every night by grazing hippos. We also had to watch out for monkeys stealing our food and belongings. We woke at dawn each day to go for a game drive and we would go out again at the end of the day. The game was plentiful and we saw most of the larger animals in the park, inluding many elephant, a pride of lions, and a pack of rarely see wild (painted) dogs. During the middle of the day we relaxed in camp, watching birds and the life of the river. As we visited in early March, we were ahead of the main safari season and had the camp almost to ourselves. It would have been more crowded in subsequent months. We also had hotter weather than during the winter months, with temperatures well into the 30sC during the day. For the last part of our trip we transferred to Kariba to spend 2 days sailing on the lake in Greg Hall's catamaran Biriwiri. Being on the water was cooler but we had to watch out for sunburn from above and below (reflected off the water). Highlights of the trip included camping on an island with dinner on the beach and barefoot walks, game spotting from the boat with wonderful sightings of a baby elephant with it's family group and a parade of bull elephants crossing from an island to the mainland ahead of us, a swim in the lake (well away from the crocodiles) and sleeping under the stars on the deck of the boat. We spent a night at each end of the trip in the Sunbird Guesthouse in Harare, headquarters of Manapools.com, the first night incuding an alfresco dinner with Ant and our driver to run through the itinerary. Manapools.com did a great job for us.

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