Discover Mana Pools National Park in Zimbabwe

AboutMana Pools National Park

Mana Pools National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage site, is a beautiful 2,196 sq. km wildlife conservation area in northern Zimbabwe. Mana means “four” in Shona, (one of the main vernacular languages in Zimbabwe) and it refers to the number of large permanent pools left by the Zambezi River as it flows into the flood plain. Mana is known as one of Africa’s best game viewing areas, as many large animals come here in search of water. It is also an excellent area for fishing, of course, and bird-watching, being rich in vegetation diversity from river frontage to forests of mahogany, wild fig, acacia albida and baobabs.

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The Mana Pools National Park region

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This spectacular park is home to an abundance of wildlife, including lions, elephants, and buffalo. If you’re planning a trip to Zimbabwe, we highly recommend adding Mana Pools National Park to your itinerary.

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General information

The Mana Pools in Zimbabwe were once flow channels of the Zambezi River. This fertile plain stretches over 2,000 square kilometers, most of which can only be reached on foot. The landscape consists of the Zambezi River with its islands and sandbanks, all surrounded by a forest landscape with baobab and indigenous trees.
Mana Pools National Park lies on the Zambezi River across from Zambia’s Lower Zambezi National Park. This affords Mana Pools stunning views across the Zambezi Escarpment, which makes up the backdrop of Lower Zambezi National Park.


There are many animals in Mana Pools, especially elephants and buffalo. You will find many different types of wildlife here, including zebras, waterbucks, antelopes, leopards, lions, hyenas, and wild dogs. The river is teeming with hippos and crocodiles. In addition, Mana Pools is a true paradise for birdwatchers, with more than 350 species of birds happily perching there.
Mana Pools is an excellent place to go on walking safaris and see wildlife up close. While walking, you will encounter different features of the natural world. Walking safaris are more than hikes; they are fascinating, informative experiences that you will never forget.

Star deck at John's Camp, Robin Pope Safaris

There are several ways to explore Mana Pools National Park. You can go on a game drive, a walking safari, or a canoe safari. For a truly unique experience, you can even spend a night sleeping under the stars. However you choose to experience it, Mana Pools is sure to leave a lasting impression.

John's Camp

John’s Camp is an intimate safari camp perfectly situated in the heart of Mana Pools National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage site offering an authentic safari experience.

The Meru safari tents are located in a remote and natural area, far from any developed areas or civilizations. The tents are hidden among dense vegetation and tall mahogany and ebony trees.
Nighttime activities include dining under the stars.

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