Mana Pools, A Photographer’s Paradise

Bushlife Safaris has been privileged to have many world-renowned photographers come on walking safaris at Vundu Camp. Here, Nelis Wolmarans shares his photographer’s perspective on his experience:

“One of the biggest attractions to Mana Pools for me as a wildlife photographer is the freedom that I experience being able to photograph on foot. Over many decades, people have walked the floodplains of this wonderland and as a result of this, you are surrounded by an abundance of wild animals who could not care less. This, in turn, allows us as wildlife photographers to get that desired low angle on our wild subjects and at the same time enjoy completely natural behaviour from these animals. On a recent 10-day safari to Mana Pools, my clients and myself were treated to a number of incredible sightings, which included leopard, lion, elephant and some up-close hippo photography.

Nelis Wolmarans Wildlife Photographer Mana Pools

Being able to hop out of the vehicle at any time is a huge bonus and offers complete photographic freedom. On numerous occasions, we were photographing one of Africa’s most endangered predators, the African Wild Dog from only a few meters away and the animals were completely undeterred by our presence. What a privileged experience!

Nelis Wolmarans Wildlife Photographer Mana Pools
Nelis Wolmarans Wildlife Photographer Mana Pools

Our game drives whilst staying at Vundu and Little Vundu Camp were not without surprises either. Completely relaxed from her elevated resting spot, a young female leopard allowed us ample opportunity to capture her beauty.

Zimbabwe has some of the most experienced walking-safari guides in all of Africa and this is a key factor when photographing on foot. The manner in which you approach wild animals can make or break your photo experience and this is where these expert guides with their wealth of knowledge come into play”.

By Nelis Wolmarans – Wildlife Photographer