The Stanley and Livingstone Private Game Reserve, a sweeping 6,000-acre expanse of floodplains and savannah near Victoria Falls, is dangerously close to reaching capacity of its elephant population. The solution? Relocate a handful of elephant bulls—targeted because their movement would pose a minimal disturbance to established breeding herds—to neighboring national parks, ultimately maintaining ecological equilibrium within the park. For wildlife conservation enthusiasts, Mantis Collection’s one-time-only Elephant Relocation Safari to the floodplains of Zimbabwe will be the trip of a lifetime.
Your task, should you choose to accept it? Five days acting as an Elephant OP assistant, tracking bulls by helicopter over the reserve, and then rotating between observing and assisting the ground team as they work to sedate, monitor, and translocate 5-10 of the majestic animals.
For the rest of your two weeks (between operations, of course), the safari fantasy awaits: weekday game drives to spot lion, leopard, and buffalo; sundowner cruises along the mighty Zambezi River; skill-testing classes at the Bear Grylls Survival Academy on site; flights by light aircraft over Victoria Falls, a mere 10 minutes from the lodge. If two weeks is too short to whet your safari appetite, extending your stay is, of course, on the table.
Trip runs August 3–17, 2016; from $2,970 per person including all meals, airport transfers, and operation costs.
Adrenaline Scale = **
* Child’s play.
** You’ll break a sweat.
*** Heart-pumping happiness!
**** Thrill junkie, much?
***** Balls to the wall, envy inducing, nutso.
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