Further down the Zambezi from Lake Kariba is Mana Pools, another of Zimbabwe’s UNESCO World Heritage Sites and it’s absolutely stunning. It’s rugged and remote, yet beautiful at the same time. The landscape which runs inland from the Zambezi river houses riverine forest, woodland and has a riverbank lined with huge shady trees. The sparse undergrowth and the shady trees make this prime country for a walking safari and the Zambezi river lends itself perfectly to canoe safaris. Of course the traditional 4x4 game drives are also on offer here.
Water is always a magnet for wildlife and Mana Pools is no exception with a large elephant population, herds of large buffalo and predators such as lion, leopard, cheetah and wild dog, this is a safari enthusiast’s paradise.
Reasons to visit Mana Pools include:
Mana Pools is not the easiest place to get to, but this remoteness is part of the attraction. The best way to get there is to fly to one of the airstrips in light aircraft. It doesn’t make it a particularly cheap destination but it is worth it if it’s within your budget.
Most of the accommodation is along the shoreline and ranges from more permanent type camps such as Ruckomechi to those with a mobile safari camp feel. Inland is a particular favourite of ours, Kanga Camp where you can experience an ”˜armchair safari’ ”“ let the wildlife come to you as you sit on the deck in front of Kanga Pan, the only water source for miles around in dry season.
An authentic tented safari camp on the banks of the Zambezi River in Mana Pools
Kanga Camp is in a private concession in the Mana pools region, built around a waterhole so you'll have 24 hour wildlife viewing on your doorstep.
Intimate camp set in a private concession offering walking, boating, canoeing and game drives.
An authentic tented safari camp on the banks of the Zambezi River in Mana Pools.
Explore the waters of the Zambezi from a canoe, immerse yourself in the adventure as you spot wildlife at the waters edge.
A luxurious six-tent camp is a remote setting by the Zambezi River in Mana Pools National Park.
Ruckomechi Camp lies in a private concession in Mana Pools National Park, facing the fast flowing Zambezi River and the Zambezi escarpment.
A beautiful shady location on the banks of the Zambezi River. A private concession with a good wildlife population.
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Flights from UK to Harare or Victoria Falls are usually via Johannesburg and can take 12+ hours, although once the new Victoria Falls airport is fully operational there may be an option of direct flights – watch this space.
Language: English is the official language of Zimbabwe. Shona or Ndebele are also widely spoken by the majority of the population.
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Malaria is a risk in many areas of Zimbabwe.