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

Accommodation in Mana Pools National Park

Vundu Camp, Zambezi Valley

Vundu Camp is a small safari camp, located on the banks of the mighty Zambezi River in Mana Pools National Park, Zimbabwe. This luxurious owner-run camp is set among a beautiful riverine forest, and is well-known for its stunning river views. The camp is frequently visited by wildlife- guests can relax out on their terraces, watching elephants, impala and warthogs…

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Accomodation Type: Full Board
Budget: More than $500 p.p.p.d.

Zambezi Expeditions Camp, Mana Pools

Zambezi Expeditions Camps is mobile luxury safari camp. It is is set up on the banks of the spectacular Zambezi River in Zimbabwe, in the renowned Mana Pools National Park, which is known for its breathtaking river floodplains teeming with wildlife. The river provides endless opportunities for adventure, with canoeing and fishing activities available from the camp, as well as…

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Accomodation Type: Full Board
Budget: More than $500 p.p.p.d.

Kanga Camp, Mana Pools

Kanga Camp is found in a remote region of the Mana Pools World Heritage Site in the Zambezi River Valley in Zimbabwe. The ultra-luxurious safari tents, each with en-suite bathroom facilities, allow for all the night sounds to be experienced. They also have amazing outdoor showers that overlook the waterhole. There is a family tent that has a private dining…

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Accomodation Type: Full Board
Budget: More than $500 p.p.p.d.
Recent Sightings
Where

Lookout for

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

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


Wildlife Ratings

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