Mana pools National Park is a WORLD HERITAGE SITE based on its pure wilderness and beauty, It is home to a wide range of mammals, over 350 bird species and aquatic wildlife. Mana pools National Park is rated the 5th best park in Africa by Gateway magazine. It is a Renowned World Heritage Site for its pure wilderness and beauty-(still has dinosaur spoors). One of the world’s wildest and preserved natural ecological areas.
During the rains, most of the big game animals move away from the river and into the escarpment. They start returning to the riverine areas from around April, as the pans in the bush dry up. As the year progresses, increasingly large herds of elephants and buffalos are seen, as well as kudu, eland, waterbuck, zebra, impala and many other antelope.The game is very relaxed about people on foot, making Mana pools one of Africa’s best national parks for walking safaris.
Mana Pools National Park is a 219,600 ha wildlife conservation area and national park in northern Zimbabwe. It is a region of the lower Zambezi River in Zimbabwe where the flood plain turns into a broad expanse of lakes after each rainy season. As the lakes gradually dry up and recede, the region attracts many large animals in search of water, making it one of Africa's most renowned game viewing regions
The park was inscribed, in conjunction with the Sapi Safari Area (118,000 ha) and Chewore Safari Area (339,000 ha) as a single UNESCO World Heritage site (for a total of 676,600 ha) in 1984.The Mana Pools were designated a Ramsar wetland of international importance on 3 January 2013.
Mana means ‘four’ in Shona, in reference to the four large permanent pools formed by the meanderings of the middle Zambezi. These 2,500 square kilometres of river frontage, islands, sandbanks and pools, flanked by forests of mahogany, wild figs, ebonies and baobabs, is one of the least developed national parks in Southern Africa. It has the country’s biggest concentration of hippopotami and crocodiles and large dry season mammal populations of the zebra, elephant and Cape buffalo. The area is also home to other threatened species including the lion, cheetah, Cape wild dog, and near-threatened species including leopard and the brown hyena.
When the area was inscribed by UNESCO, it was one of the most important refuges for eastern black rhinoceros populations in Africa, with about 500 animals. By 1994, poaching had reduced these to just 10 remaining rhinos, which were removed to another area for their protection.
Manapools is a truly remote park. Situated in the extreme north of Zimbabwe on the Zambezi River, The park is far from any major town or human settlement.Drive along Harare/Chirundu highway for about 310 km from capital city of Zimbabwe (Harare)and get a free Manapools entry permit from Marongora reception. Marongora reception is in the midst of the Zambezi escarpment. After getting the permit you descent the Zambezi escarpment about 10km you turn right on the dirt road that will take you about 77 km into unspoiled bush to Nyamepi Camp
When coming from Chirundu border post, you obtained again the same free permit from Zimbabwe Parks office at the Chirundu border posts. Proceed from Chirundu border post to Manapools turn off which is 40km along Harare highway.
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Tourist facilities include lodges, a communal campsite with ablution facilities and exclusive campsites where the visitor can be alone.
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