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.
During 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 elephants 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 conservation; notably Lower Zambezi National Park.
When to Go to Mana Pools National Park
For comfort (from the heat), March to August is probably the ideal time to travel; with moderate temperatures and warm and dry.
September and October are the best months in the valley for game viewing; because 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 thunderstorms.