Mana Pools National Park in northern Zimbabwe is recognised as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, it was inscribed, in 1984, in conjunction with Sapi Safari Area and Chewore Safari Area.
The 219,600 ha (2,600 km squared) wildlife conservation area is a region of the Lower Zambezi River. These 2,600 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 hippo and crocodiles and large dry season mammal populations of the zebra, elephant and Cape buffalo. The area is also home to other species including the lion, cheetah, Cape wild dog, leopard and the brown hyena.
Mana Pools National Park is a remote and uncrowded safari destination if you are looking a true safari experience you will find it here. Take a canoe and explore trails along the Zambezi – keep a watchful eye on the crocodile and hippo that inhabit the river. If you don’t feel like taking to the water, you can embark on a guided walking safari and admire the excellent birdlife and game, including huge herds of elephant and buffalo. The elephants of Mana are renowned for standing on their hind legs to reach up high into the Acacia Albida trees for the protein-rich, apple-peel like pods.
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Set in the most remote part of the World Heritage Site in Mana Pools is the Kanga Pan. The 12-bedded tented camp has en-suite bathroom facilities with outdoor showers and basins overlooking the waterhole.
Kanga Pan itself is the only known water source in the area available throughout the year, making it a hub for wildlife and a delight to explore on foot. Pristine and undeveloped, this area gives you a pure, unspoilt, private African safari experience.
The legendary Mana Pools is known for its wildlife-rich floodplains and magnificent views of the Zambezi River, with the Zambezi Escarpment in Zambia as a dramatic backdrop to the scenery.
Zambezi Expeditions offers one of the best ways to experience Mana Pools on the banks of the mighty Zambezi River. The 12-bed luxury mobile camp comprises of 6 twin bedded mini-Meru style tents with en-suite bathroom facilities including flush toilets and al fresco bucket showers, the camp gives luxury camping a new definition by virtue of its simple yet elegant and comfortable furnishings.