The Magic of Mana Pools, Zimbabwe

/
/
The Magic of Mana Pools, Zimbabwe

Hidden up in the far north corner of Zimbabwe on the southern banks of the Zambezi River, this UNESCO World Heritage Site is a haven for African Wild Dogs, or Painted Dogs and the park has the highest population of the species in Zimbabwe. In fact, this is where David Attenborough and his BBC wildlife series, Dynasties, followed a pack of the “Painted Wolves” allowing for a more intimate understanding of these wildly misunderstood and endangered creatures.

Mana Pools also has the highest concentration of hippos and crocodiles in Zimbabwe. The eponymous pools are of course where these snapping and yawning creatures reside. “Mana” is the Shona word for the number 4, and 4 large pools filled by the flowing Zambezi River give the park its name.

Hippo | Mana Pools, Zimbabwe
The Magic of Mana Pools, Zimbabwe

The landscape at Mana Pools is incredibly beautiful, the forest of Acacia and Albida trees give way to flat, expansive floodplains that eventually rise up into mountains off in the distance. It’s these floodplains that set a scene for easy and relaxed game viewing, where antelope such as impala, kudu and eland are grazing the short bushes.

In the forest, you’ll find the elephants and Painted Wolves, amongst others. Mana Pools is the home of the only elephants in the world who move their massive weight to their hind legs so that they can “stand” and reach the top of the Albida trees and their deliciously succulent branches.

Baobab
Baobab Tree

During the dry season, Mana Pools is the place to be. Abundant wildlife enters the park in search for water and it’s the famous pools that quench their thirst. This is an opportunity for some excellent game viewing, even as the park becomes a bit more brown and dusty than its usual lush shades of emerald and olive, found in the green season.

Mana Pools is also the only park in Zimbabwe that allows self-guided safari walks. However, for the less seasoned safari traveller, being accompanied by a guide is highly recommended. Not only because they are experts in safety in the wild environment but because they know so much about the flora and fauna that it’s amazing to hear about why specific animals or plants do the things they do.

Elephant sighting on bush walk | Mana Pools, Zimbabwe
Elephant sighting on bush walk | Mana Pools, Zimbabwe

The wildlife in Mana Pools is quite unperturbed by the human visitors, this allows for very intimate and up-close experience in the bush, whether it be a walking safari or a game drive. It’s also an excellent park for water based safaris, specifically canoeing on the Zambezi and thrillingly navigating past those numerous crocs and hippos.

Because of its remote location, travellers need to go the extra mile to reach this alluring destination. Our Grand Zimbabwe and Mana Pools safari lets travellers experience the best of Zimbabwe and makes getting to Mana Pools much easier. Mana Pools can also be added as an extension to our Best of Hwange Safari. It’s an incredibly special park that sparks a desire in its visitors to return once more. If you haven’t been yet, now is the time to go!

We are a leading safari tour operator that provides world-class guided group tours and tailor-made packages throughout Southern Africa, East Africa, and Madagascar, ensuring unique wildlife experiences.

Build Your Trip

With the power to specify your travel dates, the number of travelers in your party, and your preferred destinations, we’ve made it incredibly convenient for our travel consultants to curate the perfect expedition for you.

Shark Cage Diving

10 Outrageous Things To Do Cape Town

Cape Town was recently voted the number one destination to see and visit by the prestigious The New York Times Travel ’52 Places to Go in 2014’ list earlier this year. This comes as no surprise as this magical city has so much to offer

Whale Watching, Africa

Kayaking with Whales in Hermanus

I am an intern for JENMAN African Safaris and I decided that it was about time to go Kayaking with whales in Hermanus! I went with a group of 20 travellers to Hermanus for a whale-watching trip… We departed on Friday evening and spent the

Ambohimangacremer

The Royal Hill of Ambohimanga

The Royal Hill of Ambohimanga is the most important of the 12 hills surrounding the capital city of Antananarivo and is regarded as the embodiment of the Malagasy cultural identity. It is home to important palaces and sacred sites dating back to the 17th and 19th

Traditional Ethiopian Food

Exploring the Cultures of East Africa

For thousands, if not millions, of years, East Africa has been inhabited by human beings. Encompassing no less than 19 territories, there remains several common threads that run through the region, uniting the different cultures of East Africa via a shared heritage of colonialism, Islamic

Need Help?

Get in touch with our experienced consultants, dedicated to curating your ideal African safari. Let us guide you towards the perfect destination, ensuring your trip is nothing short of extraordinary.

JENMAN African Safaris

Stay Connected