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

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.

Ruckomechi Camp, Mana Pools

Situated on a large private concession in the heart of the Zambezi Valley’s Mana Pools National Park, Ruckomechi Camp looks out from the banks of the mighty Zambezi River. It is a remote, beautiful place with spectacular views of the broad flowing river, adjoining well-defined tree canopy and the mountains of the Rift Valley escarpment over the border in Zambia.…

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

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.

Tours and Activities in Mana Pools National Park

Ruwesi Canoe Trail

Experience an African safari from a completely new perspective. The Ruwesi Canoe Trail takes place on the mighty Zambezi River in Zimbabwe's Mana Pools National Park. The park is vast and beautiful, and is home to a wonderful variety of wildlife species. Experience the thrill of navigating your way past hippos and crocodiles, floating past herds of elephants, and looking…

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Duration: Min. 3 nights
Budget: More than $500 p.p.p.d.
Recent Sightings

Lookout for

Spotted Hyena
African Wild Dog

Key Species


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

Nile Crocodile
Water Monitor
Leopard Tortoise

Sausage Tree

Open Woodland
Thornveld Thickets

Wildlife Ratings

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