Mana Pools Park Zimbabwe

The lower Zambezi valley is one of the last great wilderness areas and the Zambezi is one of the great rivers of the world

Mana Pools is far from any major town or human settlement

It is alive with game; a natural zoo, where the animal is king

Mighty herds of elephant and buffalo are drawn to the sweet Zambezi waters, followed by lion, hyena, kudu, nyala,impala and a multitude of plains game

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Situated in the extreme north of Zimbabwe, Mana Pools is part of the 10,500 square kilometre Parks and Wildlife Estate that runs along the Zambezi River from the Kariba Dam in the west to the Mozambique border in the east.

At Mana Pools the Zambezi river has left behind the remains of old channels, forming small seasonal pools scattered over 2000 square kilometers

canoeThis large area is without physical boundaries and the wildlife is free to move throughout the area - even northwards across the Zambezi River into Zambia, where there are also large wilderness areas set aside for wildlife conservation

On the old river terraces, tourists can walk unaccompanied by guides in the open woodland because visibility is good and there is little danger of unexpectantly coming across dangerous animals.


The mix of morning walks, canoeing and game drives gives great variety and interest - it's a good combination

* Huge numbers of antelope including kudu, eland, waterbuck and sable along with their predators: lion, cheetah and wild dog.

« 450 species of birds to be seen in summer and in winter birding reverts to excellent

* The frequent mists of winter mornings in June and July along the Zambezi River can be a photographer's delight

walking* Excellent canoeing and river fishing. For an experience of Africa bereft of the excesses of twentieth century it is hard to beat a canoeing safari along the Zambezi past Mana Pools National Park

- For comfort, March to August is perhaps the ideal time to
travel, with moderate temperatures and the climate is warm and dry.

  • The seeds from the albida are rich in nutrients and they drop in the dry winter months, when the animals need the nutrients the most.
  • More crocodiles are seen in the cold season when they bask mid-morning or late afternoon to raise their body temperature towards the 30°C they prefer

- September and October are the best months of the valley for game viewing as the animals come to the river to drink - September is warm and October is hot with clear blue skies,

- The rainy season from November to February is hot but cooled by frequent thunder storms.

The thick silt soil of the floodplains means that game viewing can only be done in 4x4 vehicles, preferably in groups of 2 as even they get stuck.

hippoThe road the the entrance to the main camp at Nyamepi (70kms) is shale and an all weather road

The number of cars allowed into Mana Pools National Park at any one time is limited. Mana Pools is only partially developed as a tourist centre, but was so popular that the available facilities were prone to saturation.

Drive along the main Harare/ Chirundu tarred road

At the bottom of the Zambezi Escarpment, branch off the tarred road onto a dirt road (clearly signposted) that will take you 70 kilometres to Nyamepi Camp.

There are a number of game-viewing roads that run along the Zambezi River and further inland from which you can view the wide variety of wildlife.

Visitors can get a free entry permit to enter the Nyamautsi wilderness area and Kanga Pan where vehicle entry is limited to 2 per day.

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