Wildlife & Animals – Mana Pools NP
The park is home to most of the common safari animals, including four of the Big Five. Elephant and buffalo are abundant. There is a large concentration of lion and leopard in the south of the park. The pools harbor crocodile and hippo. Rhino, giraffe and wildebeest are all absent.
Mana pools has a very high density of wild dog. There are currently six packs with 100 adult dogs in the park. Seeing these social animals interact while on a hunt or while denning is a real treat. Fearless honey badger, usually extremely secretive, may sometimes be spotted at night around some of the camps where they have become habituated to people activity.
Best Time for Wildlife Viewing
The Dry season (from July to October) is the best time for wildlife viewing in the park. Wildlife is easier to spot because vegetation is thinner and animals gather around the pools on the floodplains of the Zambezi River. Many roads become impassable in the Wet season (from November to April).