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

Chitake Tented Camp

Chitake Tented Camp is located in Zimbabwe, in the wild Chitake region on the edge of Mana Pools National Park. This remarkable camp offers a truly authentic wilderness experience, with thrilling up-close wildlife encounters- it is not for the faint-hearted! The region teems with wildlife species, from playful baboons to majestic elephants, and even the notoriously elusive leopard. The lions…

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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.

Little Vundu Camp

Little Vundu Camp is an intimate tented safari camp found in the wilderness of Zimbabwe’s Mana Pools National Park. The camp is set on the banks of the mighty Zambezi River, and provides a traditional and authentic tented camp experience. It features spacious canvas tented suites, each featuring twin beds with mosquito nets, outside seating areas, and fans. The en-suite…

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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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