African Wild Dogs – also known as Painted Wolves or African Hunting Dogs – are fascinating social animals. Only found in Africa these beautiful animals are now classified as threatened, with fewer than 6,500 left. Mana Pools in northern Zimbabwe, where David Attenborough’s ‘Dynasties’ was filmed, has a population of around 650 and is one of the best places to see them. You’ll visit the Painted Dogs Conservation Centre to learn what steps are being taken by a dedicated team to protect them. This is also a rehabilitation centre where injured or endangered dogs are homed until they can be released back into the wild.
Zimbabwe is one of Southern Africa’s most rewarding big game safari destinations. In addition to African Wild Dogs it delivers superb game viewing in the care of some of the most respected guides in the business, a Zimbabwe vacation offers classic tented camps that are comfortable without being ostentatious, fresh, wholesome cuisine, and one of the warmest welcomes in the world wherever you go.
Zimbabwe’s flagship reserve, Hwange National Park, is home to a full cast of your favourite mammals, from lions, leopards and hyenas to big herds of elephant and buffalo, elegant antelope, giraffe and zebra. Add to these characters the wildlife of the Zambezi River – hippos, crocodiles and shy waterbuck and you’re on safari in Zimbabwe’s Mana Pools National Park, where activities include game drives, canoe adventures and walking safaris.
This safari will be escorted from Livingstone, Zambia, by African Encounters tour director Karen Platzer and local guides.
Optional pre-tour: Join Karen for two nights at Victoria Falls in Zimbabwe and see these magnificent Falls from both the Zimbabwe and the Zambia side – two quite different perspectives.
18 – 20 May: Enjoy two nights at a stunning new lodge on the banks of the Zambezi River. Visit the Zambia side of Victoria Falls, boat cruise on the mighty Zambezi, and track rhino on foot in Mosi-ao-Tunya National Park.
20 – 23 May: 3 nights in Hwange National Park. Close views of elephants at the waterhole in front of your camp, and bountiful wildlife on game drives in open safari vehicles.
23 – 26 May: Visit the Painted Dog Rehabilitation Centre to learn more about these endangered animals before flying to your next camp at Mana Pools. Your camp is located right in front of a waterhole where you can game watch right from the deck! Spend 3 nights here enjoying game drivers and short walks. Mana Pools is where the TV programme Dynasties was filmed and you’ll see some of its star performers on game drives in the park.
26 – 28 May: Still in Mana Pools you’ll move to a beautiful new camp on the banks of the Zambezi River to explore another part of this wildlife-rich park.
29 May: Afternoon flight to Harare to connect with your flight home.