There are few places in Africa that can be describes as being “Raw wilderness”. From the moment you touch down in Mana Pools you sense that something about the area is different. Perhaps it is the open floodplains with massive trees dotted amongst them, or perhaps it is the elephants rambling amongst them, sometimes lifting high on their hind legs to reach the branches. Perhaps it is the campsite, situated on the banks of the Zambezi River with no one else about. Perhaps it is the elephants that come and feed in the tree above you as you are having your lunch. Whichever one of these it may be, Mana pools instantly touches something within you and makes you realise that you are in a different wilderness altogether.
The first realisation of the actual “raw” sensation comes when you head out on a drive and within minutes of sighting an animal you get out your vehicle and walk towards it. This brings a completely different sensation to your photography and your experience. Being within a few meters of a large elephant bull as it feeds quietly above you is one you will never forget. I have watched people put down their cameras to enjoy the experience of such a scene, humbled by being within their presence.
This photo workshop is in collaboration with Tailormade Safaris, a seasoned safari company who has many thousands of hours working in the reserve. Tailormade Safari’s guide has worked with C4 on many Mana pools safaris and each one was an indication of how excellent a naturalist they are and how well they knows the Mana Pools National Park. On this workshop we will have a Tailormade Safari’s guide who will be our walking guide in addition to your C4 Photo hosts.
Humphrey is a Specialist photography private guide living and working in Zimbabwe. He operates through the whole country but has a special affinity for Mana Pools, in which he has been leading tours for 10 years. He has international clients that travel with him each year- an indication of his expertise and temperament. In this time he has got to know Mana Pools and the animals intimately.View Profile >
A naturalist guide by trade, a wildlife photographer by passion, a birder at heart, Kyle has truly dedicated his life and time to wilderness regions and the natural world. He is constantly on a mission to explore, find and ultimately share the fascinating jewels of the bush. From taking photo’s of the spoor left behind by a beetle grub to painstakingly lying on a rock waiting for a certain bird to fly by, he thrives.View Profile >
With an innate love for travel and wildlife her passion for photography was bound to work hand in hand. Her photographic career began in the form of Fine Art at Rhodes University and has since adapted and taken on new forms during her many travels over the past few years. Naturally, moving to the bush her subject focus shifted to the wildlife around her.View Profile >
Meet and greet at Harare International Airport, Zimbabwe by a C4 representative. From Harare you will then be transferred via a scheduled flight to Mana Pools. You will be met at the airstrip by a Tailormade Safaris representative, who will then transfer you to camp where you will be sleeping for 5 nights. The camp has a tent with charging station for charging batteries and power to process images on laptops. We will be staying in a tented camp on the banks of the Zambezi River, with hippos serenading us each night. The tents have en suite bucket showers with warm water and freshly dug long drop toilets.
All meals and drinks are included in your safari meaning that you can relax and enjoy your time in this magical part of Africa and focus on capturing the best images possible.
You will be transferred via a flight to Harare International Airport for your flight home.
The idea of the Tented Adventures is to go back in time and try and enjoy the wild and remote areas of Africa the way it was done in a bygone era, with only basic comfort and in an effort to come close to Nature herself.
By only catering for one party at a time that is guided by a qualified and experienced professional guide we create a tailor-made, exclusive, memorable journey enjoyed from a vehicle, from a canoe or on foot. Accommodation consists of large Meru tents with en-suite shower and toilet and the camp consists of an outside dining area as well as fireplace. We strive to heighten this adventure by combining great, adventurous yet safe guiding, unique flexibility to guest interests and requests with a comfortable bed, good food in a camp with vantage locations Tailor-made! Our tented safaris are fully backed up by a crew of 3-4 staff (depending on the area and number in party) who will take care of the movement, setup and breakdown of the camp, cooking, waiting and making up the tents ensuring that guests make the most of the day and the night with their safari commitments and rest. Paraffin lanterns light Camp at night but we have enough lighting and power for laptops and charging cameras.
The guests tents will have ensuite shower and flush loo. We use bucket showers for guests however water is always heated up for them to ensure they have a warm shower. Walking is not a problem as we are flexible to guests requirements, Humphrey will look for another guide to be with him when guests go on their walks (especially when there are 12 guests). We will make sure that guests have enough water for their walks!
40% deposit confirms your booking
Maximum 8 clients and minimum 6 clients.
Meet and greet at Harare International Airport, Zimbabwe. You will then be transferred via a scheduled flight to Mana Pools. We will be met at the airstrip by Tailormade Safaris, they will transfer you to camp which is next to the Zambezi river bank.
After breakfast you will be transferred back to the airport for your scheduled flight back to Harare International Airport in time for you international flights back home. This is the end of the safari.