Mana Pools National Park
A remote park in Lower Zambezi whose riverfront brings a diversity of wildlife.
Mana Pools is another Zimbabwe spot boasting UNESCO World Heritage status (they have seven in total). It’s no wonder Mana Pools is a member of this club as it’s absolutely stunning. The landscape is rugged and remote, yet beautiful at the same time.
The landscape running inland from the Zambezi River houses riverine forest, woodland and has a riverbank lined with huge shady trees. The sparse undergrowth and the shade from the trees make this prime country for a walking safari, in fact Mana Pools is known for walking. The river lends itself perfectly to canoe safaris and it’s a magnet for those wanting adventure.
- What’s in a name? Mana means ‘four’ in Shona and there are indeed four main pools formed over the years by water methodically wearing the earth away. Each pool has a name; Main, Chine, Long and Chisambuk.
- Walking in Mana Pools: This is the place for a walking safari, it’s flat diverse, beautiful and rich in wildlife.
- Canoe safaris: Whether you want to spend a couple of hours or a few days in a canoe, watching wildlife as you paddle from A to B, Mana Pools is a really good place to do this.
- Water equals life: Water is always a magnet for wildlife. Huge elephants return to this area each year. They are known to stand on their hind legs to reach the protein rich seed pods in the trees, quite a sight.
- Predators: This area, so rich in wildlife, is home to many predators including lion, leopard, cheetah and the very efficient pack hungers, wild dogs, or painted hunting dogs if you prefer.
- Birdlife: Mana Pool is blessed with a rich variety of birdlife. Some of the local favourites include the banded snake eagle, collared palm thrush, racket-tailed roller and the purple-banded sunbird.
- Scenery: Scenery in Mana Pools is beautiful, particularly by the river as you look across to Zambia and the shimmering hills of the Rift Valley escarpment.