Mana Pools National Park is a national park in northern Zimbabwe. The park stretches 2,196 sq. km and is home to a variety of plant and animal species. The park’s name originates from the four pools that make up a portion of the area. In 1984 Mana Pools National Park was designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site in combination with two other areas, the Chewore safari area and the Sapi safari area.
Mana Pools National Park consists of a varied landscape as it is covered in dense baobabs, woodland, and the Zambezi River. The park is home to a range of animals including zebra, leopard, cheetah, hyenas, wild dog, and the largest concentration of both hippopotami and crocodiles. At one point, Mana Pools National Park had a staggeringly large population of black rhinos but due to the severe effect of poaching, that number had dwindled by the 1990s down to a mere 10 rhinos and they have now been relocated. The park is an excellent place for bird watching as just under 400 unique species exist within the park. Visitors can enjoy a scenic safari walk or can canoe down the Zambezi River enjoying the wildlife from two unique perspectives.
A riverine wilderness on the Zambezi River
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The Dry season (April to October), when the sky is clear and animals cluster around the Zambezi River to stay hydrated, is the best time for wildlife viewing at Mana Pools. If you do decide to visit during the rainy months, be prepared for stifling conditions and the potential frustration of getting bogged on muddy roads.
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