The Mana Pools National Park must be one of the most beautiful and special places to visit in Zimbabwe. It is a Unesco World Heritage Site, because it is home to large numbers of large mammals (hippos, crocs and elephants), more than 350 bird species and other water-loving animals. But apart from this, once you experience the sunlight filtering through the leaves onto the water below, the Mana Pools National Park will leave a lasting impression of your trip to Zimbabwe.
The Mana Pools get their name from the four pools carved out into the rock over many thousands of years by the mighty Zambezi River in Zimbabwe. The “Long Pool” is the largest of the four pools and especially popular among the croc, hippos and elephant. Further to the north, on the river terraces of the Mana Pools National Park, you will find probably the only place in Zimbabwe you can walk in the wild unaccompanied by guides. You are bound to see baboons, elephant, warthog, but the lion, spotted hyena and cheetah keep much to themselves.
The Mana Pools National Park form part of the huge Parks and Wildlife Estate stretching from Zimbabwe’s Kariba Dam to the border of Mozambique. In this Estate, the animals can migrate to their heart’s content because there are no fences. There are five lodges in the Mana Pools National Park, situated on the banks of the Zambezi River. These are equipped with bathrooms, kitchen, a dining room and lounge. If you want to see the sun set over the Zambezi River and feel at peace with the world, this is the place to be.
If you are into camping, there are a communal camping site in the Nyamepi Camp, equipped with ablution facilities and a braai area for each site. However, if you want to truly experience the remoteness and solitude of the African bush, the exclusive camps in the Mana Pools National Park are what you will enjoy.
Besides the opportunity of walking unguided in the wild, the Mana Pools National Park in Zimbabwe is one of the best preserved ecological areas in the world. The Getaway Magazine rated the Mana Pools National Park among Africa’s best parks, and it offers wonderful fishing and canoeing opportunities. If you want to see Mother Nature at work, visit the Mana Pools National Park in Zimbabwe.