Mana Pools, Zimbabwe’s northernmost National Park, is the wildest experience Zimbabwe has to offer. Renowned for its incredible game-viewing and adventures, this is every safari thrill seekers perfect destination. This is a park where elephants rule followed by a thriving cat population.
Mana Pools National Park is a WORLD HERITAGE SITE – chosen on its pristine wilderness and absolute breathtaking beauty. It is home to a wide range of mammals, over 350 bird species and aquatic wildlife. During the rains, most of the big game animals move away from the river and into the escarpment. They start returning to the riverine areas from around April, as the pans in the bush dry up. As the year progresses, increasingly large herds of elephants and buffalos are seen, as well as kudu, eland, waterbuck, zebra, impala and many other antelope. The game is very relaxed about people on foot, making Mana Pools one of Africa’s best national parks for walking safaris
Mana Pools is located in Mashonaland West Province. There are over 20 000 km² of wildlife protected land in the vicinity of Manapools. It is in the Middle Zambezi Valley covering an area of 2196 square kilometers extending from the Zambezi River in the north to the escarpment in the south. The park offers unique guided and self-guided walks amongst many wild animals, excellent canoeing and river fishing. In the river, tiger fish, bream, tilapia, vundu, nkupi, chessa, electric fish, eel fish, cornish jack and lung fish sport and prey upon one another.
It’s an area of outstanding natural beauty and phenomenal wildlife. Here the Zambezi River, flowing slowly eastwards for thousands of years, has left behind the remains of old river channels forming small seasonal ponds and pools spread over an area of several hundred square kilometers. These extend several kilometers back from the river where, on fertile terraces huge mahogany and acacia trees cast luxuriant shade. Vultures, plovers, Nyasa lovebird, yellow-spotted nicator, white-collared pratincole, Livingstone’s flycatcher, banded snake-eagle, and the cliché symbol of Africa, the black and white fish eagle, haunt the riverine forest and mopane woods. Mana Pools never fails to leave you in awe – to be able to walk freely amongst the wildlife in their natural surroundings is an unforgettable experience