Wildlife Ratings

Big 5: 7
Mammals: 7
Birds: 6
Reptiles: 6
Trees: 6

Lookout for

Elephant
Hippo
Lion
Leopard
Cheetah
Spotted Hyena
African Wild Dog
Buffalo
Zebra
Impala
Waterbuck
Warthog
Baboon
Crocodile

Mana Pools National Park is one of Zimbabwe's most popular parks. It is located inland of the Zambezi River. The word "mana" means "four" in the local Shona language, referring to the ox bow lakes carved out by the Zambezi River in the past. The pools are home to a variety of wildlife species, including hippos, crocodiles and a diversity of birdlife. The longest pool, which is about 6 km long, attracts large herds of elephants, which come to its shores to drink. Visitors to Mana Pools can expect to see a range of herbivores, including buffalo, impala, waterbuck, baboon, zebra and warthog, as well as the larger predators like lion, leopard, cheetah and hyena. The park is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and is known for its ethereal beauty.

Why we like it

High game densities; Zambezi floodplain; Walking and canoe safaris; One of the most beautiful safari areas on the planet

Facts & Figures

Park / Reserve Size: 2,196 square kilometres
Reserve Type: National Park
Big 5: No
Specialist Specie: Elephant
Malaria Area: Yes
Nearest Town: Kafue

Lodges and Camps (click on the links below)

Lodge Budget Lodge Type
Kanga Camp, Mana Pools Super Luxury Full Board
Ruckomechi Camp, Mana Pools Super Luxury Full Board
Zambezi Expeditions Camp, Mana Pools Super Luxury Full Board

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Recent Sightings

Key Species

MAMMALS
Elephant
Hippo
Lion


BRIDS
Pel's Fishing Owl
Southern Carmine bee-eater
African Skimmer
African Fish Eagle


REPTILES
Nile Crocodile
Water Monitor
Leopard Tortoise


TREES
Albida
Mopane
Sausage Tree


HABITAT TYPES
Riverine
Open Woodland
Floodplain
Thornveld Thickets