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Mark & Miles Nolting: Zimbabwe & Zambia July 2019

Close wildlife encounters are trademarks of both Hwange & Mana Pools National Parks

Follow the AAC Blog as Mark & Miles’ trip transpires. They’ll be sure to post spectacular photographs and incredible stories during their time in Johannesburg, Victoria Falls, Hwange National Park, Mana Pools National Park & Kafue National Park.


July 19th, 2019 – Somalisa Acacia – Hwange

Mark and his guests arrived at Somalisa Acacia to a warm welcome from the Hwange Elephants and more!
The watering holes are a much needed resource as it is a dry winter this season.
Guide Nic Polenakis took the group on an exciting bush walk
Had a great sighting of a lion pride with six young cubs
Also found two males lions the next morning
This was a thirsty giraffe coming down to drink at mid-day
Our final sundowner at the last evening in Hwange

July 12th, 2019 – Johannesburg & Victoria Falls

Soweto and Apartheid Museum tour in Johannesburg is very worthwhile

La Residence is a luxury boutique hotel in the suburbs.  Mandiba suite is dedicated to a Mandela theme!

Rhino drive at Stanley and Livingstone – saw a mother and calf black rhino

Helicopter flip over the Falls

Bungee Jump

Meeting with Wilderness Safaris Vic Falls office staff

Enjoyed our dinner on the patio at Victoria Falls Hotel

July 8th, 2019 – Pre-Departure

Itinerary Destinations: Johannesburg, Victoria Falls, Hwange National Park, Mana Pools National Park & Kafue National Park

Mark & Miles are doing what many of you have done right before embarking on your trip: making sure they’ve packed everything, confirming their land & air arrangements, and just as importantly, getting excited!

It’s not too often a guest gets this kind of an opportunity for such an immersive walking & canoeing safari experience. Zimbabwe & Zambia were chosen because they are prime destinations for these kinds of safaris. This ultimate reason for this is the quality of the countries’ guides. It will be an immeasurable pleasure for Mark, Miles & company to experience the trip’s two featured guides’ world-class guiding first-hand!

Nic Polenakis (left) will be guiding in Hwange, while Nick Murray (right) will in Mana Pools

Nic Polenakis is the featured specialist guide while the group is in Hwange National Park. Nic was featured in National Geographic Traveler Magazine as one of the World’s Top 10 Tour Guides; quite the accolade! From the comfort of his own camp, Somalisa Acacia, Mark, Miles & company will surely be transfixed by his expansive knowledge, but also his contagious passion.

When the group proceeds to Mana Pools National Park, the specialist guide Nick Murray will take the reins. Nick Murray owns & operates Vundu & Little Vundu Camps in Mana Pools National Park. These two camps are ideally situated for what Nick does best: walking & canoeing safaris. Mark, Miles & company should expect to see some Elephants, Wild Dogs, and who knows what else!

Here is Mark & Miles’ finalized itinerary:

Notice that Mark & Miles will stay at least 4 nights at each of the 3 national parks they’ll visit!

At the start, Miles and Mark will be split up: Miles will stay a night in Johannesburg before meeting up with Mark in Victoria Falls.

Check back onto the AAC Blog for their report from Johannesburg & Victoria Falls this Friday!

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