Mana Pools National Park offers unrivalled opportunities for walking and canoeing safaris
A relatively small park of around 2,200 square kilometres, Mana Pools National Park was inscribed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1984 for its scenic beauty and exceptional wildlife. Hemmed in by the magnificent Zambezi River to the north and a dramatic escarpment which reaches 1,000m in parts to the south, the wild inhabitants of this unspoilt landscape include elephant, buffalo, lion, leopard and hyena. Large pods of hippos and abundant Nile crocodile also flourish here, in the network of crystalline channels flanked by soaring hardwood trees that crisscross the terrain creating a vital lifeline for birds and animals in the dry season.
There are very few safari lodges and camps within Mana Pools National Park, which merely adds to its appeal. Most are located on the wooded banks of the Zambezi River, providing guests with beautiful views and a unique opportunity to explore the region’s waterways by canoe – the definitive experience of this beautiful reserve. Paddle past families of elephants bathing and drinking, or observe the area’s prolific birdlife as you glide silently through the shallows.
Many lodges and safari operators in this region also offer walks to supplement your canoeing adventure – another thrilling activity. Track game with a highly-experienced, armed guide relying on spoor and all of your senses. Canoeing and walks can also be done on a multi-day basis, which will require you to be physically fit and have a good sense of adventure. Accommodation on such trips can be in basic dome tents or fully-serviced campsites. Alternatively, you can base yourself at a single lodge, going out on foot or on the river for a few hours at a time.
- A small but superb national park set between the Zambezi River and a dramatic escarpment
- Canoe safaris are a specialty of the region and guided walks are also possible
- Incredible birdlife and impressive numbers of big game especially elephant
- Predators including lion and African wild dog
- Healthy populations of hippo and Nile crocodile
- Exceptional wilderness experiences without any crowds
When to go?
Mana Pools National Park is only accessible during the dry season (April-November), which is also the best time for gameviewing. Most camps are closed during the rainy season as the few roads into the reserve become impassable during these months.
Zimbabwe Safaris & Tours
The following itineraries are just some of the many experiences that we can design for you. All of our tours are private, independent and tailor-made to your personal travelling requirements. Please contact us to begin creating your personalised Zimbabwe experience.
Best of Zimbabwe
This safari explores three of Zimbabwe's greatest highlights: Hwange National Park, breathtaking Mana Pools National Park and Victoria Falls.
Jewels of Zimbabwe
Explore the jewels of Zimbabwe, including iconic Victoria Falls, spectacular Hwange National Park and Lake Kariba set against the Zambezi Escarpment.
Mana Pools Canoe and Walking Trail
This thrilling safari provides incredibly close encounters with wildlife either from your canoe or on foot in Zimbabwe's stunning Mana Pools National Park.
Zambezi Canoeing Safari
Experience the excitement of canoeing down Zimbabwe's mighty Zambezi River encountering magnificent wildlife set against a backdrop of stunning landscapes.
Zimbabwe & Botswana
This trip combines Zimbabwes's stunning Victoria Falls and iconic Hwange National Park with Botswana's magnificent Okavango and Linyanti regions.
Accommodation at Mana Pools
The following are some of the lodges that we recommend in the Mana Pools region. For information on additional accommodation not featured, please contact us.
Secluded Kanga Camp sits next to a pan that is the only source of water available all year round in a very untouched inland section of Mana Pools National Park.
Little Ruckomechi Camp
Downstream from its big sister, Little Ruckomechi Camp features just three very handsome tented suites - ideal for a small group or family safari.
Set on the banks of the mighty Zambezi River, Ruckomechi Camp has been a favourite with visitors to the breathtaking Mana Pools National Park for many years.
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