MANA POOLS

MANA POOLS

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TRAVEL TO THE MANA POOLS

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Below Victoria Falls and Lake Kariba, where the mighty Zambezi river flows through the lower Zambezi Valley, small oxbow lakes and islands have been created by the rush of water that flows through the natural waterways, surrounded by ancient ebony and mahogany trees.  This is where you will find Mana Pools, meaning ‘four pools’ in the local Shona language, with Long Pool being the largest, extending in an east-west direction for 6km.

An abundance of wildlife is attracted to this area by its vast amount of water and lush vegetation. Surrounded by distant hills and stunning views of the Rift Valley Escarpment, the fertile floodplain of the lower Zambezi river was Zimbabwe’s first UNESCO World Heritage Site to be classified in this region, back in 1984.

In Mana Pools National Park there are four main pools, with Long Pool being the longest at a length of 6km. Majestic trees form a substantial canopy with sparse undergrowth, creating ideal conditions for walking safaris. Wildlife is spectacular and includes over 350 species of birds, enormous herds of elephant and buffalo, cheetah, lions, leopard, Nile crocodiles and large herds of eland, waterbuck and kudu.

BEST TIMES TO GO

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January to March

The lodges close during this rainy season as the animals move into the escarpment away from the river

April to June

As the rains cease, the animals start returning to the area in search of water, foraging and grazing

July to October

Best time to travel when conditions are dry; especially during October when the wildlife is found in large numbers on the river banks and in the river

November to December

Start of the rainy season with extreme heat

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HIGHLIGHTS

CANOE SAFARI: The most popular activity in Mana Pools gives visitors close encounters with wildlife and wonderful photographic opportunity.

CANOE SAFARI: The most popular activity in Mana Pools gives visitors close encounters with wildlife and wonderful photographic opportunity.

WALKING SAFARI: Accompanied by a professional local guide, ideally in the early morning or afternoon, you will learn about the extraordinary wildlife that flourishes in this region.

WALKING SAFARI: Accompanied by a professional local guide, ideally in the early morning or afternoon, you will learn about the extraordinary wildlife that flourishes in this region.

PHOTOGRAPHIC SAFARIS: September and October are the best months for walking photographic safaris, accompanied by a specialist guide who gives advice on capturing wildlife on film.

PHOTOGRAPHIC SAFARIS: September and October are the best months for walking photographic safaris, accompanied by a specialist guide who gives advice on capturing wildlife on film.

FISHING SAFARIS: ideal conditions for Tiger Fishing for all levels of expertise.

FISHING SAFARIS: ideal conditions for Tiger Fishing for all levels of expertise.