Mana Pools National Park

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About Mana Pools National Park

Mana Pools National Park, a World Heritage Site, is untrammeled wilderness at the Zambezi River. The park is usually explored by canoe or on foot and is particularly appealing to adventure seekers. Four of the Big Five are present.

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2,196km² / 848mi²
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335-1,181m / 1,099-3,875ft
Pros and Cons
  • Top wildlife viewing with four of the Big Five present
  • Canoeing, guided and unguided walking is available
  • Excellent river fishing
  • Great birding destination
  • Less accessible than other parks in Zimbabwe, 4WD is essential
  • Limited road network, so mainly for those who are willing to walk and canoe


The park is home to most big safari animals including four of the Big Five (no rhino). Most visitors will encounter at least one of the big cats. Buffalo and elephant are abundant and large herds roam around the floodplains. The river teems with crocodiles and hippos. Wild dogs are resident in the area as well.
More about Mana Pools NP's wildlife


Mana Pools consists of 4 main pools and several smaller pools on the floodplains of the Zambezi River. The landscape includes islands and sandbanks fringed by riverine forest, and baobab trees against a backdrop of the rugged Zambezi escarpment. The park is just a small part of the 10,500km² (4,054mi²) Parks and Wildlife estate without physical borders or fences.

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By Maysoun Al-Rabie from GermanyDE

- I would always recommend this park. - I would not come again at the end of October. It was too hot! - A park with a lot of things to do.

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