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​Keep Your Eyes on the Elephants of Pools and Pans in Zimbabwe

February 25, 2015 Southern Africa Bush Tails

At AAC we think all of our safaris deserve a prize; though our photographic 15 Day Eyes on Elephant Safari to Zimbabwe actually has its own trophy as the AWARD WINNING selection of National Geographic Traveler Magazine’s “50 Tours of a Lifetime.” More than just elephants (and wild dog, and hippo, and lions….other predators…and more…) it’s a chance to explore the reemerging country of Zimbabwe with exceptional guiding and private experiences.


We personally know the guides — Nic Polenakis, Dave Carsons and Nick Murray — considered some of the best in Africa — who lead the trips. And for 2015, the safari has gotten even more exciting with the additions of Camp Amalinda at Matobo Hill and Hwange’s luxurious Linkwasha Camp, which is opening in May 2015, meaning AAC guests will be some of the first to stay at this unique property.

Here’s a brief and exciting look at just one day on the Eyes on Elephant safari with Senior Consultant Elena Theodosiou: “Nick Murray (my and Szilvia Hegyi’s guide) is an “elephant whisperer;” I’ve never been able to get as close to elephants and I did when he guided us. At Mana Pools we WALKED out to a massive bull elephant, Mduzi, and then just sat and watched him. We were closer than we ever imagined being to a wild bull elephant, but it was so peaceful it was surreal! We spent more than 2 hours sitting with the ellies. We actually got mock charged by a mommy and managed to take a short video. It was amazing– just one ‘Hey’ from Nick was all it took and she backed off and walked away like nothing had happened.


When it was over I thought: I could die happy. I truly feel that these types of experiences make you feel at one with the world, and the universe.”


Eyes on Elephant is an exclusive Photographic group with a maximum of 6 persons per departure;  We have combined day and night game drives with the active game viewing ventures of walking, morning canoeing, and tree-house sleep-outs (optional). Departures: Jun 07, Jul 12, Aug 02, Aug 15, Aug 28, Sep 20.   See full itinerary