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Mana Pools National Park

  • Elephant on the edge of the Zambezi River at Ruckomechi, courtesy Dana Allen
  • Stretch Ferreira walking with elephants in Mana Pools
  • Map of the Mana Pools - Sapi - Chewore Complex, Zimbabwe

...at a glance


  • UNESCO World Heritage Site
  • finest park on the Zambezi
  • top walking and canoe safaris
  • prolific wildlife

Mana Pools National Park

Finest safari spot on the Zambezi River. It’s the core of the UNESCO World Heritage Site which covers the Mana-Sapi-Chewore complex. Mana is also central to the larger Middle Zambezi Biosphere Reserve. Renowned for the best canoe safaris in Africa also regarded as one of the continent’s top walking safari destinations. Ideal from May to November for active safaris. Wildlife is prolific!

The shoreline is dominated by a floodplain with shallow pools under a rich canopy of tall acacias and ancient stands of mahogany and ebony trees. The Zambezi escarpment rises up on either sides of this deep valley. From Mana Pools the landscape is spectacular with the Zambian escarpment acting as a backdrop.

The floodplain itself hosts a profusion of big game during the dry season from June to October. Big bull elephants roam widely and prevail. With clear and open views through the parklands the stage is set for some of the best walking safari territory found anywhere in Africa.  

The Zambezi River adds another dimension however. The river is wide and languid with deep channels separating seasonal and permanent islands. These offer perfect overnight sites for our canoe safaris.

This combination of dramatic landscapes, large numbers of varied wildlife and the ability to cover wilderness on both land and water sets Mana Pools National Park apart. Exceptional guiding standards, small traditional tented camps and the backed up "fly camping" options seal Mana's reputation.

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UK+44 (0) 1548 830059
+44 (0) 1548 830059
USA+1 (347) 708 1794
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Australia+61 (2) 8417 2176
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Best safaris for Mana Pools

Highlights in Mana Pools National Park

Mana elephant by Trish Berry

Elephants

Largest land animals on earth, the African elephant used to range widely through sub-Saharan Africa. Despite being threatened by habitat loss and ivory poaching African elephants have healthy populations in east and southern Africa. Best places to see elephants include Mana Pools and Hwange in Zimbabwe, Botswana's Chobe and Linyanti, the Luangwa Valley, Selous, Katavi and Amboseli.

A Kalahari lion paying attention, courtesy Noel Smith

Lions

Celebrated in history for their courage and strength when they roamed most of Africa, parts of Asia and Europe. Nowadays the best places to see lions on safari are the Zambezi, Hwange, Okavango and Linyanti - ideally May to November; Queen Elizabeth NP's Ishasha area for tree-climbing lions; Katavi's Kapapa River in September to November; Kidepo Valley in north Uganda.

African wild dog stretching near Ruchomechi on the Mana Pools shoreline

Wild dogs

Also known as Cape hunting dogs, packs of painted dogs roam sparse woodlands and plains in isolated and remote areas. Sightings are never guaranteed on safari but the best chance of finding these endangered canines is in Botswana's Moremi and Linyanti in June; the Selous in July/August; also in the green season in the Luangwa Valley; the Mana Pools World Heritage Site and Hwange.