LUXURY SAFARIS TO MANA POOLS NATIONAL PARK
Mana Pools National Park is a world heritage site situated along the banks of the great Zambezi River in northern Zimbabwe. It serves as a life force for the hundreds of species of wildlife that reside here and who roam free of physical borders within this large wildlife conservation area. It covers 10,500 square kilometres, from the Kariba Dam in the West, to the Mozambique border in the East.
"Mana'', meaning "four" in the local Shona language, refers to the four large pools that lie inland from the Zambezi River. Large populations of hippo and crocodiles are found here, especially in ''Long Pool'', which is the largest of the four pools, extending a total of six kilometres. This pool is a particular favourite amongst the many elephant herds, who like to shelter in the thick vegetation nearby and then come out to swim, drink and muddy themselves in its waters.
Parts of the park offer beautiful walks, with sunlight filtering through the woodlands, on the old river terraces, visitors can explore unaccompanied by guides. Some wildlife may be spotted on these walks such as elephant, buffalo, waterbuck, baboons, monkeys, zebra, warthog as well as various buck that wander over to eat the fallen Albida fruit.
Mana Pools is a popular choice for a safari holiday as it offers a vast range of wildlife sightings, unrivaled scenery and has over 350 bird species living amidst its spectacular flora.