Mana Pools

Mana Pools National Park

About Mana Pools National Park

The lower Zambezi valley is one of the last great wilderness areas and the Zambezi is one of the great rivers of the world. Mana Pools is far from any major town or human settlement. It is alive with the game; a natural zoo, where the animal is king. Mighty herds of elephant and buffalo are drawn to the sweet Zambezi waters, followed by lion, hyena, kudu, nyala, impala, and a multitude of plains game.

The Mana Pools were combined with the Sapi Safari Area and Chewore Safari Area to create a single UNESCO World Heritage site in 1984. It is also classified as a wetland of international importance by Ramsar. The national park area is also contiguous with Zambia’s Lower Zambezi National Park.Unfortunately, it is not easy to travel between the two parks.

The remoteness of the Mana Pools helps travelers engage the true sense of a wilderness experience while also increasing the intrigue and adventure of discovering Africa. The banks of the river beds and the pools give way to lush forests of acacia, baobabs, ebonies, fig, and mahogany trees. The pools are also home to Zimbabwe's largest population of hippos and crocodiles. During the dry season, these are easily seen lining the banks of the pools sunning or grazing.

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Best time to visit

The best time for wildlife viewing in Mana Pools National Park is during the Dry season, from June to October. Animals are easier to spot because the dry weather thins the bush and wildlife concentrates around the Zambezi River and the pools on its floodplains. Part of the park might get closed off for vehicles during part of the Wet season (from December to March).


Elephant, eland, buffalo, impala, waterbuck, baboons, monkeys, zebra, warthog, and hippo are some of the larger herbivores to be seen regularly on the river terraces as they come out to eat the fallen albida fruit. Lions, leopards, spotted hyenas, wild dogs and cheetah are present in the area. Birding is also phenomenal in this region.

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