Horseback riding in Mana Pools, Zimbabwe

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Mana Pools & Hwange Safari Combo

Itinerary for Mana Pools & Hwange Safari Combo

Sample Itinerary - subject to changes

This is representative of what the itinerary will be like. Many factors will influence the day to day order of these rides. Weather conditions (cold, heat, rain, cloud, etc.), wildlife activity and movements, rider abilities and interests, climatic conditions (i.e. good wet season or very dry conditions), logistics, and many other factors will determine how the riding and other activities will be conducted. The guide will always ensure to maximise the wildlife experience.

Being bush camps it is likely to encounter animals such as elephants, buffalo, lion, hyena, baboon, snakes, spiders, scorpions, mosquitoes, flies, and many other types of insects in these natural bush locations. No guest should be surprised that these creatures exist as part of the daily experience of being in the Zimbabwean wilds.

Day 1: Arrival
Arrival at Victoria Falls Airport, meet and greet by a road transfer company, followed by a two-hour drive to Iganyana Private Tented Camp.
Afternoon high tea, briefing, intro to the horses, and then onto the horses for a short ride.
Back to camp, sundowners, showers, dinner, and peaceful sleep under canvas.
Meals included: Afternoon high tea & Dinner
Overnight at Iganyana Private Tented Camp

Day 2: Caterpillar waterhole
Horses will be trucked early to Main Camp with all tack etc.
Guests will wake up early this morning. After tea and coffee around the campfire, it is time to pack and start our game drive to Main Camp in Hwange National Park. This is only a short drive of half an hour to perhaps an hour depending on sightings of wildlife.
Check-in and payment of park fees at the Tourism office, then mount up and ride into the park. We will either ride with a picnic lunch to Caterpillar waterhole and ride on to Camp Dopi, or ride to Caterpillar for lunch at Camp Baikiaea.
This area is typical Kalahari sands with superb Teak and Acacia woodlands. Waterholes here attract wildlife that moves to and from for drinking holes and can provide some excellent sightings and interactions.
Overnight with sundowners, hot showers, and dining under the stars.
Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Overnight at Camp Dopi or Camp Baikiaea

Day 3: Hwange National Park
Early start with tea coffee and light breakfast around the fire.
Then, it is time to get back in the saddle for exploration in the region, heading off in whatever direction the guide chooses. We will be back to camp for brunch / siesta. Then, afternoon tea followed by another ride or perhaps even a walk.
In the evening, sundowners, hot showers and dinner again under the stars, or canvas if it’s raining.
Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Overnight at Camp Dopi or Camp Baikiaea

Day 4: Hwange National Park
Another early morning start – of which time does vary according to the seasons (mid-year being very cold thus starts around 06h30 - October, November, and December being very hot days means wake up calls at 04h30 being required).
We ride out to explore the area again. There are no set routes and the ride is conducted according to what sounds were heard during the night, animal tracks, weather conditions, and many other factors.
The day may be a half-day or a full day out with a picnic lunch near a waterhole for wildlife viewing. If lunch is at camp, then it is also an opportunity in the afternoon to do a safari walk or drive.
There are a few other waterholes that are worth visiting if guests have good cameras and lenses or are interested in birding.
Also, the guide may decide that an early morning walk or drive is going to be better and may then switch the order of the day to a non-riding activity in the morning and a ride in the afternoon.
This also depends on the need for horses to rest before a long day tomorrow.
Whatever happens, there will be cold drinks around the campfire and a hearty dinner in camp.
Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Overnight at Camp Dopi or Camp Baikiaea

Day 5: Ride to Kennedy Camp
Today we ride for a full day out to Kennedy Camp. This is a ride of approximately 30 or so km. It will be through teak and acacia woodlands, passing waterholes which may or may not have water in, with a picnic lunch on route.
Arrive late afternoon to Camp Vachellia, settle in with sundowners, and welcome hot showers followed by yet again a delicious dinner.
Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Overnight at Camp Vachellia or Camp Kennedy

Day 6: Kennedy Vlei
This day will be spent in the Kennedy 2 area of the Park in some very beautiful Acacia groves. The camp is set along the Kennedy Vlei which is a renowned area for wildlife viewing.
Options here are riding, walking, or a safari drive in the morning. Much will again be dependent on possible wildlife sightings and activity and time of year as to what riding we will do.
A good option is to take a drive to the Ngweshla area not far from Vachellia as it is generally a very productive wildlife area.
Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Overnight at Camp Vachellia or Camp Kennedy

Day 7: Last Ride
Final early morning wake up to enjoy the dawn in the African bush around the fire. After a light breakfast, onto the horses for a 10 to 20km ride (dependent on the time of year and early morning wildlife activity) to a point where the horse truck will meet us. There we will end the ride, load the horses, and have a safari drive out of the Park back to Iganyana for the night.
Sundowners will be a special affair reminiscing upon the past few days of being in the real African bush on fine steads enjoying the wildlife and big spaces.
Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Overnight at Iganyana Private Tented Camp

Day 8: Transfer to Mana Pools National Park
All good things must come to an end and today is your final day in Hwange. After a leisurely breakfast, sad and often teary goodbyes are said to new-found friends and of course the fantastic horses.
Then, fly by air-charter into Mana Pools National Park where you will be met by your guide with ice cold drinks. You will then embark on a half hour drive through Jesse bush and Mopane Woodlands to first sign in at the Nyamepi office of the National Park. Then back onto the safari vehicle and drive through the incredible woodlands of Mana Pools to Camp Zambezi arriving in time for lunch.
You may, by then, already have met a few of your new neighbors - elephant, kudu, zebra, impala and many birds! A mobile tented camp will have been set up by the camp staff and our chef will have prepared a delicious lunch to give you strength for the first afternoon’s walk - a familiarization walk to see the lay of the land and to learn the rules of walking in big game territory.
Then back to camp for sundowners, a hot (or cold if you prefer) shower, and a fine dinner. Although tempting to stay awake to listen to the neighbors going about their nightly activities, but the beds are very comfortable and warm so it may be difficult to stay awake!
Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Overnight at Camp Zambezi

Day 9: Mana Pools National Park
To make the most of your day we suggest an early morning wake up. The hand basins outside each tent are filled with hot water before first light to allow you to shave or freshen up. Enjoy a beautiful sunrise before a light breakfast will be served with tea and freshly brewed coffee.
After breakfast, set off on your morning’s activity. You may take to the river for the day (or morning), go by vehicle or on foot to explore the National Park. Whether you opt for land or water activities, half or full day, you can be assured of incredible experiences.
The guide will carry a weapon, a first aid kit, a packed lunch and extra water. Clients may carry extra personal water and personal items for the day.
Finally, back to camp for the night where a wonderful meal, hot shower, and cold drinks await you.
Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Overnight at Camp Zambezi

Day 10: Mana Pools National Park
Another day along the lines of the previous day - the choices are yours to make the most of this amazing spot.
Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Overnight at Camp Zambezi

Day 11: Transfer to Victoria Falls
Depending upon the guests' time of departure, you may either take another early walk before breakfast or have a bit of a sleep in! After that, there will be a short game drive to the airstrip where we bid you farewell before your charter flight to Victoria Falls! You will be collected from Victoria Falls Airport and transferred by road to Bayete Guest Lodge where you will spend the night.
Meals included: Breakfast & Lunch 
Overnight at Bayete Guest Lodge

Day 12: Departure
This morning at leisure after breakfast activities will be depending on what time your international flight departs. You will be transferred from Bayete in time for your flight.
As you depart with your memories, we know that this experience will have enriched your life and touched your soul!
Meals included: Breakfast

Non riding companions are welcome to join this trip (same rates as riders). Please inquire for non riding activities.
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Mana Pools & Hwange Safari Combo
Tour Code: IT-ZMRT01
12 days / 11 nights ~$8,045.00
Dates : May to Dec

Difficulty : Riding Level
Riding Level Explained
Beginner A rider who has limited experience, is unable to post the trot and does not canter.
Novice A rider who is capable of mounting and dismounting unassisted, capable of applying basic aids, comfortable and in control at the walk, moderate length posting trots, and short canters.
Intermediate A rider who has a firm seat, is confident and in control at all paces (including posting trots, two point canters and gallops), but does not ride regularly.
D Strong Intermediate
Strong Intermediate An intermediate rider who is currently riding regularly and is comfortable in the saddle for at least 6 hours per day.
All of the above, plus an independent seat, soft hands, and capable of handlinga spirited horse in open country.
Lodging: Standard
Lodging Level Explained
= Facilities in lodges, estancias, haciendas, resorts, etc.
Basic lodging - some with shared bathroom facilities, usually no AC or room service.
Regular standard room - usually with private bath.
 Accommodations with superior comforts.
 = Trips with nights in tent camps. Sometimes the first and last night are in hotels.
Basic tent camping - everyone helps out with camp chores.
Regular standard with some camp amenities and camp cook.
Camping facilities with superior comforts like camp shower, bathroom facility..
 = Trips that combine nights in hotels and camping.
Basic accommodation and basic camping facilities can be expected.
Regular standard with some nicer amenities.
Only assigned to hotel and camping facilities with superior comforts.

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Season Seasons  Min / MaxReserve
B 2023 01/01 - 06/30 12d / 11n 12 day trip, AP (Low) 2 /8 Reserve
A 2023 07/01 - 01/04 12d / 11n 12 day trip, AP (High) 2 /8 Reserve
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Tack: English Trail Saddles & Australian Sto...
Horses: Boerpeds, Shire X, Friesian X and Thor...
Pace: Moderate with canter opportunities
Walk, Trot, Canter, Gallop, Jumps
Airport: Victoria Falls International Airport (VFA)
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