Vic Falls, Hwange, Kariba, Matusadona and Mana Pools
Day 1: Group meets up at Elephant sands in Nata, Botswana. Camp Elephant Sands
Day 2: From Elephant Sands to Pandamatenga border post and cross border into Zimbabwe. Arrive at Hwange and camp
Day 3: Spend the day on Game drives in the Park. Camp Hwange
Hwange National Park (formerly Wankie Game Reserve) is the largest game reserve in Zimbabwe. The park lies in the west, on the main road between Bulawayo and the widely noted Victoria Falls and near to Dete. It was founded in 1928, with the first warden being by the 22-year-old Ted Davison. He befriended the Manchester-born James Jones who was the stationmaster for the then Rhodesian Railways at Dete which is very near Hwange Main Camp. Jones managed incoming supplies for the park. This park is considered for inclusion in the 5 Nation Kavango – Zambezi Transfrontier Conservation Area.
Day 4: From Hwange we drive to Mlibizi on Lake Kariba anfd arrive there round Lunchtime. Tiger fishing and afternoon sunset cruise is on offer. Camp Mlibizi
Day 5: Early start as we have to reach Matusadona Nat Park before dark. Camp Matusadona.
Matusadona National Park is situated on the shores of Lake Kariba but was proclaimed a non-hunting area on 7 November 1958 before the dam was built. It became a Game Reserve in 1963, and in 1975, in terms of the Parks & Wildlife Act, it became a National Park. The Park comprises some 1 400 square kilometers of diverse flora and fauna. Before the lake was built, Matusadonha was a vast, rugged wilderness with limited access. With the lake came ecological changes. One in particular, the lakeshore contributed greatly to the increase of large mammal populations in the area, especially elephant and buffalo. The grass found on the shoreline is Panicum repens and is a rejuvenative grass – needing only fluctuating lake levels to replenish its nutrients. With this ready food source, buffalo, waterbuck, zebra, and even impala have thrived and with them the predators. Matusadonha is an Intensive Protection Zone (IPZ) and home to several relocated rhinoceros.
Day 6: Spend the day on game drives in Matusa. Camp Matusa Dona
Day 7: Another early start and head back all the way to the main road. Continue alongside Lake Kariba and reach the town of Kariba. Camp Kariba
Lake Kariba is over 220 kilometers long and up to 40 kilometers in width. It covers an area of 5,580 square kilometers and its storage capacity is an immense 185 cubic kilometers. The mean depth of the lake is 29 meters (95 ft); the maximum depth is 97 meters (320 ft). It is the world’s largest human-made reservoir, four times as large as the Three Gorges Dam. The enormous mass of water (approximately 180,000,000,000,000 kilograms, or 180 petagrams [200 billion tons]) is believed to have caused induced seismicity in the seismically active region, including over 20 earthquakes of greater than 5 magnitude on the Richter scale.
Day 8: Visit Lake Kariba dam wall and take a tour around town. Arrive in Mana Pools Late afternoon. Camp Mana
Mana Pools National Park is synonymous with the Zambezi River, elephants, lions, remoteness and wilderness. This unique park is a WORLD HERITAGE SITE, based on its wildness and beauty, together with the wide range of large mammals, over 350 bird species and aquatic wildlife. Mana Pools is one of Zimbabwe’s most popular parks, and it is easy to see why it falls into this profile.The name “Mana” means “four” in the local Shona language. This applies to the four large pools inland from the Zambezi River. These pools are the remnant ox-bow lakes that the Zambezi River carved out thousands of years ago as it changed its course northwards. Hippopotamus, crocodiles and a wide variety of aquatic birds are associated with the pools. ”Long Pool”, is the largest of the four pools, extending some six kilometres in a west-east direction. This pool has a large population of hippo and crocodiles and is a favourite for the large herds of elephant that come out of the thickly vegetated areas in the south to drink.
Day 9: Spend the day in Mana with game drives etc. Canoeing and fishing is on offer. Camp Mana
Day 10: Last day in Mana. Camp Mana.
Day 11: Group says farewell.
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