Mana Pools National Park located along the Zambezi River in northern Zimbabwe is one of Mango’s favorite safari destinations. Mana means four in the local Shona language. There are four pools that supply much of the water for wildlife inland of the river. For much of the last decade though we have hesitated recommending it due to the political climate in the country.
Over the last couple of years as things in in Harare, the capital have calmed a bit, we have been recommending the park again. Known best for fabulous walking safaris as well as well canoes safari long the Zambezi River and the many small islands and inlets, Mana Pools is an exciting safari locale. This is especially true from July through October when the river remains the only source of water causing most animals to mass close to the banks of the Zambezi.
Lion, buffalo and huge numbers of elephants are prevalent year round. Also visitors can expect to see lots of hippos, crocodiles and many others. We love to combine Mana Pools with Victoria Falls and places like Hwange National Park in Zimbabwe and places like the Okavango Delta & Chobe NP in Botswana.