Mana Pools National Park is situated in the heart of the Zambezi Valley, alongside the Zambezi River. The area is a remote and beautiful place with spectacular views of the broad flowing river, floodplains, the tree canopy and the mountains of the Rift Valley escarpment over the border in Zambia.
'Mana' means 'four' in Shona and the park is named after the four main pools along this stretch of the Zambezi River - Main, Chine, Long and Chisambuk. These are remnants of channels of the river which stopped flowing years ago. Together with other seasonal pools dotted further inland, these hold water all year round, drawing all manner of wildlife and waterfowl during the dry season.
The result is excellent wildlife viewing, with large concentrations of buffalo and elephant to be found along the river's edges, while predators such as lion, wild dog, leopard and cheetah are often sighted. Greater kudu, Burchell's zebra, impala, warthog and common waterbuck can be seen on the surrounding plains. Grunting of hippo can be heard all day, which is not surprising when you consider that the river hosts one of the highest concentrations of hippo found anywhere in Africa.
Activities on a Mana Pools National Park safari include 4x4 game drives or guided bush walks, boating, canoeing and fishing. The Zambezi is teeming with fish of all species including tiger fish and tilapia and draws fishermen from around the world.
Mana Pools also offers fantastic birding, with the river and seasonal pans attracting large numbers of water birds and excellent mix of species in the riverine vegetation and mopane woodlands.
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