MANA POOLS & HONEY BADGER
Begin your adventure south of the Zambezi River, with game drives in the UNESCO-protected park of Mana Pools. Accompanied by guides, you’ll track lions and elephants on foot through forests of baobabs and fig trees. Take a canoe along the Zambezi, seeing the flourishing hippo and crocodile populations, before enjoying a drink while watching the sunset burnish the water.
A filmmaker is currently working on a film about the honey badger in the Save Valley Conservancy, and Pelorus is negotiating whether he could be accompanied on his shoot in the bush. This would be a unique experience, no less because of his incredible understanding of, and skill with, African wildlife.
MATUSADONA & HWANGE
On to one of the world’s largest man-made lakes—Lake Kariba in Matusadona National Park. Take a boat around its islands and creeks, and try sport fishing.
Embark on a search for the Big Five among the wide open plains and imposing mountains of Matusadona. You’ll come across black rhinos in this rare creature’s grassland sanctuary, with a guide to lead you to profound encounters with these incredible animals.
Another superb safari opportunity is presented by Hwange—the country’s largest park and home to the largest population of the African wild dog. With an excellent guide, explore areas of the park unreachable by vehicle, pursuing the wild dogs as they hunt.
Swapping to horseback, see the park’s over 100 mammal species and four times as many bird species, your quiet steed allowing you to get closer than a vehicle would.