Mana Pools National Park

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About Mana Pools National Park

Mana Pools National Park, a World Heritage Site, is pristine wilderness on 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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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


The park is home to most big safari animals. The endangered black rhino is not often spotted, but 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 crocodile and hippo. Wild dog are resident in the area as well.
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Mana Pools consists of four 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.

Weather & Climate

The weather at Mana Pools is at its most pleasant in the Dry season (April to October). There can be a bit of dust in the air, and the temperature skyrockets just before the rains break in October. But overall the conditions are much more agreeable than those in the Wet season (November to March), when rain is a daily occurrence and humidity hangs in the air.
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Best Time to Visit

The Dry season (April to October), when the sky is clear and animals cluster around the Zambezi River to stay hydrated, is the best time for wildlife watching at Mana Pools. If you do decide to visit during the rainy months, be prepared for stifling conditions and the potential frustration of getting bogged on muddy roads. You may, however, be rewarded by glimpses of newborn animals.
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By Gini from United KingdomGB
 10 Sep 2017Reviewed:

So much wild life and amazing birds. Canoed down the Zambezi for thee days - experience of a life time (actual my second time and can't wait to go again)

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