Mana Pools Park Zimbabwe
During the winter months Mana Pools has the highest concentration of game in the entire continent of Africa
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
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
This 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
Safari Camps / Fishing Lodges
Canoeing Safaris on the Zambezi
Walking Safaris Guided Walks
Something Unforgettable -
This privilege of walking alone in an area with dangerous wildlife is unique in Zimbabwe and what makes Mana Pools the magical place it is.
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
When to Go
- For comfort, March to August is perhaps the ideal time to
- 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.
The 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.
How to Get to ThereDrive 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
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