Widely considered one of Zimbabwe’s finest parks, beautiful Mana Pools National Park is ideally located on the mighty Zambezi River and renowned for its protected wilderness.
Mana Pool National Park is a UNESCO World Heritage Site that comprises 1,367 square miles in northern Zimbabwe. It is situated in the lower Zambezi River area where the flood plains are transformed into broad stretches of lakes after the rainy season. Once the lakes dry up and recede, it draws an abundance of wildlife in search of water making it a prime game-viewing area. Mana means fours in the local Shona language which is a reference to the four permanent pools formed by the middle Zambezi. The diverse ecosystem is made up of riverbanks, islands, sandbanks and pools all bordered by forests of mahogany, ebonies, wild figs, and baobab trees.
While there is a wide diversity of animals found in the Park, it is renowned for its large populations of hippos, crocodiles, and large mammals such as zebra, elephant, and Cape buffalo. In fact, the Park has so many bull elephants that return to the area year after year that several guides have gotten to know some of the individual elephants allowing the guides to approach them closely on foot. It is also home to many threatened predators including lions, cheetahs, Cape wild dog, and the near-threatened leopard and brown hyena.