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Mana Pools National Park is one of the most beautiful parks in Zimbabwe and occupies approximately 2196km2 of forest along the banks of the Zambezi River. Walking safari's are spectacular here.


Mana Pools walking safariDuring the winter months Mana Pools has the highest concentration of game in the entire continent of Africa

Mana Pools is far from any major town or human settlement so can be difficult to get to. It is alive with game. 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 km² 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 2000km². 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.

When to Go to Mana Pools
For comfort, March to August is perhaps the ideal time to travel, with moderate temperatures and the climate is warm and dry.
The seeds from the albida are rich in nutrients and they drop in the dry winter months, when the animals need the nutrients the most.
More crocodiles are seen in the cold season when they bask mid-morning or late afternoon to raise their body temperature towards the 30°C they prefer.
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.

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