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Mana Pools -Zimbabwe

The Mana Pools National Park and Lower Zambezi National Park share the same eco-system and are only divided by the mighty Zambezi River. These parks have some of the most spectacular river scenery and game-viewing.

Mana Pools National Park is synonymous with the Zambezi River, elephants, lions, remoteness and wilderness. This unique park is a WORLD HERITAGE SITE based on its wildness and beauty, together with the wide range of large mammals, over 350 bird species and aquatic wildlife.


Mana Pools is one of Zimbabwe's "Big Five" Parks and it is easy to see why it falls into this profile. The name "Mana" is a local Shona language name meaning "four". This applies to the four large pools inland from the Zambezi River. These pools are the remnant ox-bow lakes that the Zambezi River carved out thousands of years ago as it changed its course northwards. Hippopotamus, crocodiles and a wide variety of aquatic birds are associated with the pools. "Long Pool" is the largest of the four pools, extending some six kilometres in a west-east direction.

This pool has heavy densities of hippo and crocodiles and is a favourite for the large herds of elephant that come out of the thickly vegetated areas in the south to drink. As one moves northwards towards the Zambezi River from the dry forests on the Karoo sediments, the vegetation changes to open Faidherbia albida woodlands on the old river terraces. This vegetation gives a "park-like" look to the area and a surreal light filters through the trees giving Mana Pools its distinctive cathedral - like atmosphere as one walks under the tree canopy.


On the old river terraces in the park, guests can walk unaccompanied by guides in the open Albida woodland because visibility is good and there is little danger of coming across dangerous animais. This privilege of walking alone in an area with dangerous wildlife is unique in Zimbabwe, Elephant, eland, buffalo, impala, waterbuck, baboons, monkeys, zebra, warthog and hippo are some of the larger herbivores to be seen regularly on the river terraces as they come out to eat the fallen Albida fruit. Lions, leopards, spotted hyena and cheetah are present in the area, but their secretive nature makes them more difficult to see.

Mana Pools is 2,196 square kilometres in extent but is part of the 10,500 square kilometres Parks Wildlife Estate that runs from the Kariba Dam in the west to the Mozambique border in the east. This large area is without physical boundaries and the wildlife is free to move wherever it wants roam - even northwards across the Zambezi River into Zambia, where there are also large wilderness areas set aside for wildlife conservation.

 

Kanga Bush Camp

Set in the most remote part of the world Heritage site in Mana pools is Kanga Pan not too far Chitake Springs. This area has never been developed and gives you the pure and unspoilt Africa experience. The area is very diverse and have multiple of open vlei lines, river systems of the Ruckomechi River, and mixed woodland types from mopane woodland to Jesse bushes and ...

 

Chikwenya Camp

Chikwenya camp - Mana pools - lower Zambezi river - Chikwenya" literally translated as "to be scratched" is located on the banks of the mighty Zambesi River at the confluence of the Sapi River. The Zambezi River floodplain is famous for its acacia forests, commonly known as winter thorn which, provide a protein rich pod fueling the diverse ecosystem of the lower Zambezi valley ...

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