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8 Day Self-Drive Zimbabwe Mana Pools & Chitake Springs Safari ( Camping)

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Duration

8 days, 7 nights

Tour Type

Daily Tour

Group Size

Unlimited

Languages

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Overview

This 8 day Self-Drive tour of Mana Pools and Chitake are the best. We take care of everything from Arrivals to Departures Halls so all you must do is Arrive & Drive. This self-drive will give the guest awesome experience.

  • DEPARTURE: This tour departs from Harare
  • COUNTRY(‘S): Zimbabwe
  • DESTINATIONS: Harare – Mana Pools National Park
  • TOUR CODE: 8SC-ZIM-MANA-1
  • RETURN: Back to Haare in the Afternoon
  • PASSENGERS: Minimum 1 Traveler and a Maximum of 14 Travelers per group
  • STYLE: Camping
  • MEALS: DBB: Breakfast & Dinner
  • VEHICLE: 2-3: Double Cab 4×4/ SUV

4 – 7 guests: Toyota Quantum/Landcruiser with a purpose-built trailer

8-14 guests: Toyota Dyna truck (a modified safari vehicle) / Iveco Daily 24-Seater

Self-Drive Information

Emergency Services: Emergency evacuation services are included.

Drivers: A valid and unendorsed license must be produced by all drivers. The minimum age for authorised drivers is 23 years.

Fuel: The renter will receive the vehicle with a full tank of fuel. Upon the return of the vehicle/termination of the hire, the vehicle will be refilled at the renter’s expense.

Insurances: The rental vehicle includes Zero Excess.

Rental Agreement: Upon renting the vehicle the renter and additional drivers will be required to complete a standard rental agreement with the car rental company. A valid credit card is required for the rental deposit.

Health: It is the client’s own responsibility to ensure that he/she is medically fit and able to embark on the tour.

Force Majeure: It goes without saying that we do our utmost to conduct the tour as described in the programme; however, we cannot guarantee it. Unfavourable weather conditions, rivers in flood, organisational problems, unforeseen events or other factors may force us to change the course of the tour. We apologise for the inconvenience.

Trip Facts

Accommodation Destination Basis Duration
Sunbird Guesthouse Harare SC 1 Night
Mana Pools Camp Mana Pools National Park SC 3 Nights
Chitake Springs Mana Pools National Park SC 2 Nights
Sunbird Guesthouse Harare SC 1 Night

Key
SC: Self Catering
FB: Full Board – Dinner, Bed, Breakfast and Lunch

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Itinerary

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Day 1– Harare international Airport to Harare (20.7.km)
Day 1– Harare international Airport to Harare (20.7.km)

Our company representative will meet the guest at the airport and depart to Sunbird Guest House. Guest will be able to get their 4X4 vehicle and kit. Sunbird Guest House in Harare. Sunbird was Recently renovated to world-class standards.

Recommended Activity: City Tour

Overnight: Sunbird Guesthouse

Spotless Harare Guesthouse inside a secure, guarded estate in an upmarket, quiet suburb of Harare. Situated between the airport and the city. Free superfast fibre-optic Wifi, close to tourism, business & transport hubs with good local restaurants and supermarkets.

Sunbird is the home base for self-drive safaris in Zimbabwe. We rent out fully kitted 4x4s and help with Zimparks & Kariba Ferries bookings as www.manapools.com and www.selfdrivezim.com. We ensure our clients access to fuel and supplies to ensure they have an unforgetable and hastle-free adventure around Zimbabwe .

Day 2: Harare to Mana Pool National Park 396.7km
Day 2: Harare to Mana Pool National Park 396.7km

Accommodated: Mana Pools Camp, Mana Pools National Park / Similar

Guest can start, get up, enjoy a delicious breakfast, then depart to Mana pool Following the GPS directions to Chinhoyi where we have a refueling depot. Brim the fuel tanks and proceed to Marongora Zimparks check-in, present entry permits which we have prepared for you. You will need to pay Zimparks conservation (USD20 pppd) & vehicle entry fees (USD10 once-off). Reduce tire pressure to 1,7 bars at the dust road (corrugations) proceed approx 70km through the bush to Nyamepi Campsite Mana Pools National Park. Mana pool is Located in northern Zimbabwe, the life-giving power of the Zambezi River makes Mana Pools National Park one of Zimbabwe’s most lush and flourishing regions. Designated as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, it is known for its natural beauty and as one of the continent’s premier game-viewing areas

Set up your campsite at Mana. You are responsible for all camp chores from cooking to cleaning and keeping your food safely stowed in the vehicle. No fresh fruit allowed.

Recommended Activities: Afternoon Game Drive

Day 3: Mana pool National Park Area
Day 3: Mana pool National Park Area

Accommodated: Mana Pools Camp, Mana Pools National Park / Similar

Guest will wake up on your second day at Mana to a cacophony of birdsong and animal sounds. Hippo grunts, lion roars, hyena howls. You are in paradise. We suggest you book a Zimparks ranger at reception to take you on guided walks along the Mana floodplain every morning and evening because walking is what sets Mana apart from other African parks. Don’t wast the opportunity and freedom allowed to walk at Mana by driving randomly along Mana’s rather limited road network, get out there in the bush with an armed Zimparks ranger and walk, yo will be immersed in the bugs and birds and live a totally different experience to the standard African Game-Drive.

Recommended Activities: Morning and Afternoon Game Drive

Day 4: Mana Pool National Park Area

Accommodated: Mana Pools Camp, Mana Pools National Park / Similar

Guest will get into Mana routine and go Book a morning and afternoon walks with Zimparks rangers. Lie up during the heat of the day and see more animals walk through your campsite than you saw on your walk. You are no starting to become used to the Mana lifestyle now. Self-Drive to Chitake Springs

Recommended Activities: Guided Walk

Overnight: Mana Pools Camp

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.

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 6 km in a west-east direction. This pool has a large population of hippo and crocodiles and is a favorite for the large herds of elephant that come out of the thickly vegetated areas in the south to drink.

Day 5: Hwange National Park Area 50km

Accommodated: Chitake Springs Mana Pools National Park / Similar

Guest will Break up the camps after breakfast, fill the roof-mounted water tank on the vehicle with drinking water at Reception, today guest is going to Chitake Springs. Drive approximately 60km inland from the river to set up camp at Chitake camping site. Here the Chitake river rises out of the sand and flows on the surface for up to 1km before sinking back into the earth. This is the only source of water for miles around in mid dry season and animals flock to Chitake to drink and hunt. You camp amongst them.

Recommended Activities: Game Drive

Mana Pools National Park

As previously described

Overnight: Chitake Springs

Day 6: Mana Pools National Park 52.7

Accommodated: Chitake Springs, Mana Pools National Park / Similar

Guest will Explore Chitake Springs. Guest will go on a full day to explore Chitake Springs. There is no water at Chitake so you have to live off the water tank on the vehicle. Spend a full day and two nights in this wild paradise. Having said that, it is rough, two nights at Chitake is probably about right just from a water rationing point of view.

Recommended Activities: Full Day Game Drive

After breakfast and a morning walk, reluctantly break camp, check-out at Mana Reception before 10:00 am and drive slowly back towards the tar road. Remember to re-inflate tires to 2,5 bar at the last boom gate at the tar road, checkout at Marongora. Refuel at Chinhoyi and return vehicle to Sunbird Guest House in the daylight for road safety reasons. Habnd-back 4×4 and complete vehicle return paperwork with Costa. Then have a farewell barbeque at sunbird or go out for dinner nearby (Our hosts can arrange a reliable taxi for you).

Day 7: Mana Pools National Park to Harare 362.5

Accommodated: Sunbird Guesthouse / Similar

Guest will have breakfast and a morning walk and come break camp tents and check-out at Mana Reception before 10:00 am and drive slowly back towards the tar road. Remember to re-inflate tires to 2,5 bar at the last boom gate at the tar road, checkout at Marongora. Refuel at Chinhoyi and return vehicle to Sunbird Guest House in the daylight for road safety reasons. Habnd-back 4×4 and complete vehicle return paperwork with Costa. Then have a farewell barbeque at sunbird or go out for dinner nearby restaurant.

Recommended Activity: Morning Walk

Harare

As previously described

Overnight: Sunbird Guesthouse

Spotless Harare Guesthouse inside a secure, guarded estate in an upmarket, quiet suburb of Harare. Situated between the airport and the city. Free superfast fibre-optic Wifi, close to tourism, business & transport hubs with good local restaurants and supermarkets.

Sunbird is the home base for self-drive safaris in Zimbabwe. We rent out fully kitted 4x4s and help with Zimparks & Kariba Ferries bookings as www.manapools.com and www.selfdrivezim.com. We ensure our clients access to fuel and supplies to ensure they have an unforgetable and hastle-free adventure around Zimbabwe .

Day 8: Harare to Harare International airport - End of Itinerary 17km

Clients will be transferred to the airport to return trip back home.

Included/Excluded

  • • Vehicle 4x4 Renault Duster (2-4 Pax)
  • • Vehicle Toyota Quantum Mini Bus (5-10 Pax)
  • • GPS
  • • 1 Extra Spare Tyre
  • • On Road Assistance
  • • Passenger liability 15%
  • • VAT 2% tourism levy
  • • Airport transfers
  • • Breakfast for the Client
  • • Upgrade to 4x4 Pick-Up Toyata Hilux
  • • Expenses of personal nature
  • • Fuel Cost for Duration of Tour
  • • Vehicle Rental Deposit
  • • Entrance fees not mentioned in the itinerary
  • • Meals not mentioned
  • • Drinks at lodges and on road
  • • Optional excursions and activities
  • • Tips for tour guides
  • • International flights and airport taxes
  • • Items not mentioned in the itinerary
  • • Lunch and Dinner will be on clients cost. All accommodations serve dinner and lunch. but Client will have the right to choose where to have lunch and dinner.
  • • Porterage and Gratitudes
  • • International/National Flights and Airport Taxes
  • • Travel/Medical Insurance

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