Mana Pools National Park

Mana Pools National Park is located in Zimbabwe along the Zambezi River and border of Zambia.  This broad plain area generates a series of lakes during the rainy season.  As the waters begin to recede, the remaining pools become excellent game viewing locations as wildlife flocks to these natural watering holes.

The Mana Pools were combined with the Sapi Safari Area and Safari Area to create a single UNESCO World Heritage site in 1984.  It is also classified as a wetland of international importance by Ramsar.  The national park area is also contiguous with Zambia’s Lower Zambezi National Park.   Unfortunately, it is not easy to travel between the two parks.

Highlights:

  • Excellent wildlife viewing at the watering holes (Mana Pools)
  • Four of the Big 5, no rhinoceroses
  • Six packs of wild dogs, around 100

Traveling to Zimbabwe to visit the Mana Pools National Park between the months of July and October are in for a special treat as wildlife tends to congregate near the pools of the floodplains.

Lion, leopard, hyena and wild dog are the predators that visitors can hope to experience.   Elephant, zebra, buffalo, hippopotamus, and crocodile are some of the more popular game species that visitors can hope to see.

 

Sources: 

Discover Africa, Mana Pools National Park, https://www.discoverafrica.com/safaris/zimbabwe/mana-pools-national-park/, retrieved July 2019

Safari Bookings, Mana Pools Wildlife, https://www.safaribookings.com/mana-pools/wildlife, retrieved July 2019

UNESCO, Mana Pools National park, Sapi and Chewore Safari Areas,  https://whc.unesco.org/en/list/302/, retrieved July 2019