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Nestled in the northern region of Zimbabwe, Mana Pools National Park is a perfect holiday destination where you can spend your upcoming vacation. With its breathtaking view and natural beauty, Mana Pools will leave you breathless and awe struck. This national park in Africa is regarded as Zimbabwe’s best park and also one of the finest wildlife areas in the whole of Africa. The park is a world heritage site that attracts tourists from all walks of life. Mana Pools is a paradise for canoeing safari, walking and is a wildlife rich bio diverse wonderland that will keep you enthralled at every turn of your tour. The word Mana comes from the local Shona word ‘four’ and it comes from the 4 permanent pools that form in the meandering Zambezi River. The park is well known for its plenty and huge beautiful trees that provide shade making it ideal for the animals as well as humans to walk around freely. Mana Pools is famous as it provides water throughout the year attracting abundance of wildlife including the large predator populations. You can spot animals like crocodile, hippopotamus, elephants, various aquatic birds and if you are lucky you can spot the lioness around the waterhole for the prey. Dotted with acacia trees and breathtaking landscape, Mana Pools is the best place to visit in Africa for an ideal getaway. Surrounded by extreme wilderness, you will relish the feeling of remoteness here in this park. The park is also famous for its huge herd of elephants and is well known for the sightings of lion and leopard. Experience the wildlife and enjoy bush walk tour inside the park where you will get to see various animals roaming. Visitors also have a chance to indulge in walking tours without a guide and explore the place at your own pace. Not only the park is one of the best but also a region where you can discover abundance of wildlife and picturesque landscape all together.

Best Time To Visit Mana Pools NP

The best time to visit Mana Pools is during dry season that is from the month of June to October. During this season, you have a high chance to spot animals in the bushes and roaming around the waterholes more.  Enjoy thrilling safari tours and admire the beauty of the place in the dry season and make the most of your Africa tour. The views are stunning and proffer visitors a chance to enjoy the wildlife that resides there in this park of Africa.

Things To Do In Mana Pools NP

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Wilderness Trail

For all the nature lovers, wilderness trail in Mana Pools national park is a must do thing as it allows the visitors to get close with nature as well as animals. The staff at the park takes the visitors on a three day hike where you can spot the endangered species and admire the beauty of nature. All you have to be is perfectly fit and should have their own rucksacks, food and toiletries. The hike would be an unique experience for all the visitors.

Guided Walking tour

If you are in Africa, you cannot miss the guided tours which allows you to understand nature and also gives you a glimpse on the abundance of wildlife residing in the parks. Mana Pools offers visitors with a guided walking tour where you will be escorted by a guide who will then tell you about the place as well as the exotic wildlife.

Bird Watching

Mana Pools national Park boasts of numerous bird species that has garnered tourists from all across the globe. If you are a bird lover, you will never get disappointed in this park as you can easily watch these birds in their natural habitat making your African safari tour worth the while. You can spot gray crowned crane and other bird species, all you have to do is bring your binoculars and spot the birds by standing up in the canopies.


Fishing is one of the popular things to do in Mana Pools and has garnered popularity from all across the globe. Visitors have a good chance to go fishing in the Zambezi River and catch large fishes along with feeling the tranquil atmosphere of the region. Enjoy fishing in quiet, solitude and unspoiled bush around you and admire the beauty of the place.

Game Drives

When in Africa, you cannot miss any of the game drives that is offered by the national parks. Game drives allow you to get close with the animals and also gives you a glimpse of the entire place along with the natural surroundings. Mana Pools offers early morning and afternoon game drives to the visitors where they can encounter the endangered species and get to know more about the entire region.


To experience raw nature at its best, Canoeing safari in Mana Pools is the best way to explore the place and admire the picturesque beauty of nature. While canoeing, you can spend your day paddling along the Zambezi and pass through pods of hippos and watch other species drinking on the banks of the river. While at night you will camp under the stars on an isolated island and get mesmerized by the beauty of the place.

How to Reach Mana Pools NP

Mana Pools is situated in a remote area and is far away from human settlement. Usually people fly into Mana Pools airstrip from Kariba, however charters can be easily booked from other places in Zimbabwe. You can also fly to Harare International Airport directly from Victoria Falls. From there you can take a 4WD vehicle that will take directly into the park. 

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