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Mana Pools

Zimbabwe – Women Only Wildlife of Mana Pools Photo Safari 2022

Zimbabwe – Women Only Wildlife of Mana Pools Photo Safari 2022

US$11,435 per individual



Please note that costs & dates for 2022 tours are subject to change as not all our partner properties and local airlines have released their rates. Should we need to revise costs, we will endeavour to keep fees & dates as close to the original.




Equipment setup – camera body, lenses, flashes, tripods etc


Discussing envisaged photographic subjects and how to photograph them


Learning to use light


Composition – classic rule of thirds, and when to break the rules


Story telling with your images – what are you wanting to portray and what message does your photograph deliver


Processing of images

1 Sep 2022 – 9 Sep 2022

ORYX is proud to present a carefully crafted women only expedition to Zimbabwe’s Mana Pools, with Photo Tour Leader and expert Penny Robartes. ORYX’s new product, “Women on Safari”, has been conceptualised and designed to offer women who lust for exploring Earth’s wild destinations with camera in hand a selection of tours, combining the excitement of travelling to new areas, learning how to master your camera and then capture your photographic vision, all in environment of support and comradery with other women.


Whether it is about spending quality time with your friends, meeting other like-minded women who share the same enthusiasm as you, or building friendships and cementing travel comrades, there is no place better to begin or continue your photographic journey than with Penny Robartes and ORYX.


We welcome you to an adventure in Mana Pools National Park – famous for its woodlands, wildlife-rich floodplains and magnificent views of the Zambezi River. The meandering Zambezi, tall, mysterious riverine woodlands and distant escarpment make Mana Pools one of the most beautiful national parks in Africa. To maximise your photographic opportunities in Mana Pools, we have combined your stay at Kanga Camp with the gorgeous Nyamatusi Camp, giving you the best overall experience of Mana Pools, both inland and riverside!


Join your Photo Tour Leader, Penny Robartes, on an action-packed, experiential photo tour to Mana Pools, Zimbabwe.

Why this Photo Safari is for You

Destination Allure

Mana Pools’ tall riverine woodlands with open understory make for fairy tale scenes, especially when wandering game stroll through light-filled glades, and capturing such a scene will be one of the main aims of this safari. A sought-out destination for unique and special wildlife encounters and scenes. We will spend time exploring beneath the thorny canopies in search of subjects such as Elephant, African Wild Dogs, Lion prides, plains game, Buffalo herds and more.

No Single Supplement Fee

Whether solo or traveling with another, joining a tour filled with other independent, creative women is motivating and empowering as you share, learn and create experiences, memories and photographs together. Solo travellers are not charged additional fees.

By Vehicle and Foot

Enjoy 2 dedicated ORYX game drive vehicles for us to use with each vehicle made up of 3 rows, enabling you to have a row to yourself to photograph from. We will photograph on foot which allows for low-level, emotive images of wildlife to be created. As Mana Pools does not allow off-road driving, being able to track and photograph wildlife while walking enables us to seek those special moments that happen, often off-road. Pro Zimbabwean guides will always accompany us to ensure all wildlife and you are kept safe.

Time of Year

Our tour commences in September; the peak of the dry season. Limited water sources attract a wide range of mammals and both our camps are strategically placed at the few remaining perennial sources. Chances to view and photograph Elephant, African Wild Dog, Leopard and even Lion are a high possibility from both camps and its surrounding areas. Kanga Camp has its own permanent waterhole in front of the main deck, and Nyamatusi sits on the banks of the Zambezi River.

Guided Experience

Local knowledge of the region and its inhabitants is key to crafting the ultimate photography tour experience. Combined with the photographic expertise of your ORYX Photo Tour Leader, and you are in for an adventure that will further fuel your excitement for photography and the destination.

Penny Robartes

Penny Robartes

9 Days
6 Guests + 1 ORYX Leader
For Women
  • Destination
  • Departure
    Robert Gabriel Mugabe Int Airport | Victorial Falls International Airport
  • per individual
  • Photographic Highlights
    Lion, Hyena, Cape Buffalo, Elephant, African Wild Dog, Leopard, Nile Crocodile, Plains Zebra, Mana Pools scenery and more
  • Guide

Day 1: Arrival in Harare, flight to Mana Pools

Welcome to Zimbabwe! This morning is set aside for arrival in Harare, Zimbabwe. Here at Robert Gabriel Mugabe International Airport, formerly known as Harare International Airport, you will meet your Photo Tour Leader, Penny, as well as the other guests. An ORYX representative will assist the group to our circuit light aircraft transfer to Dandawa. We will be collected by our guides as we disembark, and are taken on a game drive to camp. After settling in at camp, we will head out on our first afternoon excursion either by foot, vehicle, or both!

Days 2 to 4: Mana Pools National Park

Set in the most remote part of the World Heritage Site in Mana Pools is Kanga Pan. The beautiful camp takes its name from the pan it overlooks, and is a located on a private concession around one hour’s drive from the mighty Zambezi River. Our daily activities will begin as we leave camp in search of the wildlife. Depending on tracks and what our local Zimbabwean professional guide suggests, we will strike out either by vehicle or on foot while looking out for photographic opportunities, utilizing the best light where possible. The morning and afternoon light is incredibly striking especially in the woodland areas which create ethereal scenes. We will spend time exploring beneath the thorny canopies in search of subjects such as Elephant, African Wild Dogs, Lion prides, plains game, Buffalo herds and more. Kanga Camp is located at a waterhole, which is a key resource and as it holds water all year, is a hotspot for wildlife especially during the dry season. This may result in us remaining quite close to camp on some mornings should suitable subjects be in close proximity. Afternoons back at camp during the hot and harsh daylight hours, we will have lunch and have the opportunity to relax at the camp’s main area which has a comfortable lounge and dining area offering one uninterrupted views of the waterhole, relax in the upper deck lounge under the shade of a mahogany or sit on the deck below near the splash pool and enjoy Kanga. Penny will be conducting Lightroom photo-editing sessions, so should you wish to join her, she will show you a variety of different techniques to get the most out of your raw files.

Day 5: Transfer to Nyamatusi Camp, Mana Pools National Park

As we say farewell to Kanga Camp, the special memories it has given us and the beautiful staff that made our stay so welcoming, we head off to our next destination in Mana Pools that lies in a very different region: Nyamatusi Camp. Upon arriving at camp after our morning excursion, we will have the chance to settle in to our new accommodations on the banks of the Zambezi River and have lunch as we soak up the new sights and sounds that surround us. Our afternoon excursion will commence with a game drive, walking safari or both. The next 4 nights will be spent here as our safari plays out against a sweeping riverine landscape where epic encounters with Elephant and Lions await.  

Days 6 to 8: Mana Pools National Park

As with Kanga Camp, our days will be split into morning and afternoon photographic activities as we utilise the best light to photograph under. An additional activity available to us which will provide another photographic opportunity that is very uncommon at most safari destinations; canoeing and boating safaris. Here we will look out for Hippo pods to photograph from eye level, keeping a lookout for their displays which we will attempt to capture. Iconic big game species gather at the river’s edge to quench their thirst and maybe also take a dip. Elephants, familiar with the area, like to drop by regularly and we have great opportunities to photograph them. We will set out on foot wherever possible in order to explore this destination at a more intimate and deeper level and create images that tell of your vision and experience. Should our local walking guide deem it safe, we may approach Lion and other wildlife at a safe distance. Some Mana Pools Elephant bulls are known to stand on their hind legs while feeding and with luck, we may encounter such an individual. During siesta time at camp and after lunch, we have the opportunity to relax at the camp’s main area or rest in the air-conditioned room and recharge ones batteries prior to the next excursion! During periods of down time during the heat of the day, Penny will be conducting Lightroom photo-editing sessions, so should you wish to join her, she will show you a variety of different techniques to get the most out of your raw files.

Day 9: Flight Mana Pools to Victoria Falls and depart

After our final morning photo safari game drive and breakfast, we will depart Mana Pools on our flight to Victoria Falls International Airport. This is sadly where this Zimbabwe safari with us comes to an end, and concludes our “Women on Safari” journey! **Interested in visiting the famous Victoria Falls? No problem! Let us know and we will put together a tour extension for you**  
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