The adventure begins at Victoria Falls Airport where you catch a charter flight to Mana Pools National Park. Flying along the course of the Zambezi, the scale of the wilderness below is tremendous - a vast wooded valley bisected by the river that sometimes runs more than a mile wide.
Landing at the airstrip, your guide is ready and waiting to take you to Ruckomechi, a long established tented camp in a spectacular riverside setting. Each elegantly appointed suite is positioned to take advantage of the wonderful river views– making it hard to leave your private viewing deck. While settling in, your eyes are drawn to the Zambezi River flowing gently past, until the comforting clink of china signals a delicious high tea is served in the communal lounge. With two full days ahead and plenty to see and do, your guide helps you plan the right activities to match your interests and individual pace.
Heading out on a game drive as the afternoon sun burnishes the landscape in a thousand soft copper shades, thirsty animals head to the riverbanks to quench their thirst. Herds of elephant march down in loose formation, individuals breaking into anear-flapping run as thecool Zambezi waters come into view. Hippos huff in the deep pools, crocodiles bask on the sandy banks,and waterfowl squabble in the shallows. Mana Pools is prime predator country: lions and wild dogs watch over the floodplains while leopards stalk the forest edges.
The Zambezi Valley holds many wonders and one of the best ways to explore it is by canoe. Take to the river in the company of an experienced guide and paddle downstream, getting far closer to animals than you would in a vehicle with a unique viewpoint that reveals the skittish ear-twitch of drinking antelope, the imperious gaze of an African fish-eagle, the lumbering patrol of a giant monitor lizard. Beach the canoe to stretch your legs, and you may tread a path that has never felt a human step.
Return to camp for cocktails and amiable conversation in the bar before a sumptuous candlelit dinner. A final fireside night cap under the dazzling Milky Way sends you to your suite to slip between the covers, serenaded by the sounds of the African night outside.