Great Plains opens Sapi Private Reserve to photographic safaris

Great Plains Conservation has launched its Greater Mana Expedition, taking photographic safari guests into the 120 000-hectare Sapi Private Reserve for the first time.

In December 2016, on being awarded this former hunting concession, Great Plains ceased hunting and started the implementation plan to transform the land into a prime wildlife reserve, in the same manner as it had done in the Selinda Reserve in Botswana in 2006.

Sapi Reserve is in the centre of the Greater Mana World Heritage Site, with Mana Pools National Park to it’s west and the Chewore Reserve to its east. It also has Zambia’s Lower Zambezi National Park directly opposite its 36km of private Zambezi River frontage.

Running every second day between May and November, Great Plains Conservation runs the seven days / six nights Greater Mana Expedition. Guests are accommodated in three camps spaced 20km apart. Each has just three accommodation units, taking just six guests with the same professional guide throughout.

Guests explore the Sapi Reserve, as well as a day in the neighbouring Mana Pools National Park, with a focus on getting back to nature. Activities include guided walks, day and night game drives and when based beside the Zambezi River, canoeing, boating and catch-and-release fishing.