Mana Pools National Park is located in northern Zimbabwe and offers a breathtaking safari experience in Africa. Nestled on the southern banks of the Zambezi River, the national park is a wildlife-rich, biologically diverse utopia that will satisfy safari-goers at every turn. This UNESCO World Heritage Site is home to hippos, crocodiles, elephants, and an incredible variety of aquatic birds.
The landscapes are picturesque, with acacia trees providing shade for the parks’ more than 12,000 elephants during the dry season, as well as a spattering of vibrant plant life. Safari-goers opting to visit the park will enjoy a sense of seclusion here, far from any human settlement. Only extreme wilderness surrounds Mana Pools. and during the winter, safari enthusiasts will discover Africa’s highest concentration of wildlife.
Mana has the highest concentration of hippos and crocodiles in all of Zimbabwe. Tourists who visit the reserve during the dry season can also expect to see large herds of elephants and buffalo. Eland, zebra, baboons, and waterbuck are also common sightings in the area, as well as lions, leopards, spotted hyenas, wild dogs, and cheetahs.
Mana Pools is an excellent birding destination, with over 380 species recorded. Woodland, escarpment cliffs, and savannah are among the habitats. Waterbirds abound along the Zambezi River's banks and in the four pools. During the dry season, southern carmine bee-eaters nest on riverbanks. African skimmer, Pel's fishing owl, and Lilian's lovebird are just a few of the unusual species to be found. From November to April, migratory birds are present.
The dry season, from June to October, is the best time to see wildlife in Mana Pools National Park. Because the dry weather thins the bush and wildlife centres around the Zambezi River and the pools on its floodplains, animals are easier to spot. During the wet season, from December to March, a portion of the park may be closed to vehicles.
Mana Pools National Park is a paradise for a wide variety of wildlife. Game viewing is the most popular safari activity, whether from the comfort of a safari vehicle, a riverboat, a canoe or on foot. Because of the abundance of water in the area, a canoe safari is regarded as one of the best ways to see the game reserve. Canoe safaris are available all year and can be combined with walking safaris, especially during the rainy season.
Birdwatching and photography are also popular due to the large number of recorded species and the sparse woodland and riverine habitats that allow them to be easily spotted.
The park has five lodges, all of which are located along the Zambezi River. Musangu, Nyamepi Camp, and Muchichiri are more lodges located upstream from the main rest camps. Visitors can also camp along the river at a large campsite. Visitors are advised that the nearest shops and fuel supplies are 100 kilometres away and that they must arrive with all of their equipment and provisions.