Mana Pools National Park, located in the northern region of Zimbabwe is one of the most remarkable conservation areas in the World. As a result of being bordered to the north by the Zambezi River and a steep escarpment to the south, this 219,600 hectre is in a truly remote area, making it the ultimate wildlife sanctuary.
Mana Pools National Park was inscribed as a UNESCO world heritage site in 1984 together with the Sapi and Chewore Safari Area. The region boasts of pure wildness and unparrarelled natural beauty. This biosphere nourished by the waters of the Zambezi River was also designated a Ramsar wetland of international importance in 2013. The vegetation in Mana is also interesting as it is unique to the area.
The naturally preserved ecological area of Mana Pools offers spectacular sights of hippopotamus, lions, wild dogs, crocodile, elephants and over 300 recorded species of birds including Pel’s fishing owl. Mana is a prime hunting ground for animals therefore visitors have a good chance of witnessing wild lion kills.
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Best time to travel to Mana Pools
Zimbabwe is renowned as an all-year-round destination but Mana Pools is a unique exception. The park is open all year round therefore you can enjoy authentic game experiences including guided game walks, game drives and game viewing anytime of the year. However, during the wet season access to some parts of the park is restricted. It is this “inaccessibility” that has preserved this biosphere in such pristine condition.
The dry season (June to October) offers significantly better wildlife safari experiences since the bush would have thinned out. Also during the dry season wildlife congregates regularly on the banks of the Zambezi River to quench their thirst. Words merely fail to fully describe the safari experience that the ensemble of extreme remoteness, prestine wilderness and vibrant wildlife create!