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Buffalo Safari

Combining Zimbabwe’s Mana Pools and Hwange National Parks with stays at intimate six-tent safari camps offering excellent walking, canoeing and game drives. Superb wildlife viewing and a real wilderness-focussed experience.

Buffalo Safari: Summary

Buffalo Safari in a nutshell

A wild discovery of Zimbabwe’s two best national parks, this safari spends six nights in Mana Pools National Park before a light aircraft flight to Hwange National Park for a final three.

Mana Pools is known for its abundant wildlife and its lifeblood, the Zambezi River, which meanders along the park’s – and Zimbabwe’s – northern border. Start at Zambezi Expeditions, a traditional tented camp from which you can canoe on the river among hippo pods and crocodiles, or explore on game drives, hopping out on foot to follow lion tracks or approach elephants, always in the hands of fantastic guides. Then head to Kanga Bush Camp, set in a remote sector of Mana Pools overlooking a pan that draws in all kinds of wildlife. Walking safaris here are a speciality.

End with three nights at the rustic Somalisa Expeditions in the heart of Hwange National Park. Small, relaxed and with an enthusiastic guide team, it’s quickly become one of our favourites here since opening in 2017, with exciting on-foot experiences and drives in search of the park’s 100-plus mammal species and more.

This is the ideal Zimbabwe trip for those after an authentic safari adventure, forgoing a little luxury for a genuine wilderness experience.

At a glance

Starts: Harare International Airport
4 nights Zambezi Expeditions - Mana Pools National Park, Zimbabwe Full Board & Activities
2 nights Kanga Bush Camp - Mana Pools National Park, Zimbabwe Full Board & Activities
3 nights Somalisa Expeditions - Hwange National Park, Zimbabwe Full Board & Activities
Ends: Victoria Falls Airport

Zambezi Expeditions

Days 1-5

Zambezi Expeditions (formerly known as Zambezi Lifestyles) offers simple accommodation in Mana Pools National Park. The camp is an unusual cross between a mobile camp and a permanent lodge, being set up at the beginning of each safari season in one of the national park’s campsites along the Zambezi River, where it stays until the end of the season. The camp is then broken down and reassembled in a different campsite the following year. The overall style of the camp allows guests a mobile experience in a stationary setting.

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Kanga Bush Camp

Days 5-7

Situated in one of the most remote parts of Zimbabwe’s Mana Pools National Park, Kanga Camp lies next to the isolated Kanga Pan. While most other camps in the park line the Zambezi River, Kanga is about 15km away (as the eagle flies), and has a rather different, more exclusive feel.

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Somalisa Expeditions

Days 7-10

A reinvention of a classic Hwange safari camp, Somalisa Expeditions opened at the start of 2017. The camp sits among a grove of acacia trees in a private, 150km2 concession in the heart of Hwange National Park, and offers a friendly if relatively simple safari experience.

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Zambezi Expeditions

Zambezi Expeditions

Mana Pools National Park, Zimbabwe

Kanga Bush Camp

Kanga Bush Camp

Mana Pools National Park, Zimbabwe

Somalisa Expeditions

Somalisa Expeditions

Hwange National Park, Zimbabwe

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Highlights

Our thoughts on five of the top experiences of this Buffalo Safari.

  • Thrilling walking safaris with top guides
  • Captivating canoeing safaris on the mighty Zambezi
  • Spectacular views of Zimbabwe from the air
  • Excellent predator viewing in both parks
  • Small intimate bush camps, located in remote areas

Activities

Some activities which can be included in the Buffalo Safari: talk to us about those which interest you.

  • 4WD Safari

  • Birdwatching

  • Canoeing

  • Fishing

  • Guided walking safari

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Key species to see on the Buffalo Safari

Based on our travellers' observations, we’ve estimated the likelihood of seeing these species during the Buffalo Safari. Click on the animals and our wildlife surveys page for more info.


Lion

100% chance

Buffalo

100% chance

Eland

100% chance

Elephant

100% chance

Hippo

100% chance

Zebra

100% chance

Giraffe

84% chance

Roan antelope

84% chance

Wildebeest

80% chance

Spotted Hyena

74% chance

Sable antelope

72% chance

Wild dog

70% chance

Leopard

50% chance

Cheetah

39% chance

Oryx

9% chance

Aardvark

0% chance

Black Rhino

0% chance

Brown Hyena

0% chance

Pangolin

0% chance

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