Mana Pools National Park is one of Africa’s best kept secrets and a UNESCO World Heritage Site. This strip of paradise on the south bank of the Zambezi River in Zimbabwe offers a fantastic safari experience to those seeking a remote, personally crafted safari.
Mana means ‘four’ in the local Shona language – referring to the four natural long pools situated in the interior of the park. These pools attract wildlife like moths to a flame, and walking safaris in the area are incredibly rewarding. In fact, bush walking is very popular here and is the main attraction for experienced safari folk. Walking under the riverine forest canopy on the banks of the Zambezi River, as well as the woodlands and grassy floodplains of the interior, has to be one of Africa’s most special bucket list experiences.
Canoe safaris are also popular, as is chilling out on the banks of the Zambezi River and waiting for the animals to come to you. You can expect excellent encounters with elephants, buffalos, lions, leopards, hippos, crocodiles and even wild dogs. The diversity of the area attracts about 400 species.
This area is remote, with basic bush roads and no airstrip or large hotels – so prepare yourself for a lengthy inbound journey and plan to stay at least five nights to really experience what this area has to offer. Accommodation includes privately managed luxury lodges and government campsites.
Additional information (this will open a new browser window):
Travel diary: The Genius of Mana Pools
Photo Gallery: Mana Magic
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