Mana Pools National Park is a World Heritage Site, providing the ideal location for a pristine wilderness experience. Situated on the Zambezi River, with the Zambezi Escarpment as a spectacular backdrop, Mana Pools offers a cross-section of landscapes for your safari or bird watching expedition, also offering excellent fishing on the Zambezi River itself.

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At 2,196 sq.km, Mana Pools National Park covers a large area of land from the Zambezi River to the Escarpment. The park includes four main pools, and numerous smaller pools, all located near the banks of the Zambezi. These pools attract and support abundant wildlife, including most large game animals (except Rhino) and numerous land and water-based predators. Notable is the large population of wild dog, which are often elusive within the region. The riverine location of Mana Pools, also stretching up to the mountainous gorges of the Escarpment, visitors can expect excellent birdwatching, with several rare and migratory species, including the African skimmer, Pel’s fishing owl, and the Rufous-bellied heron. The migrant Southern carmine bee-eater can be seen along the banks of the river in large numbers which can be quite the spectacle.

While Mana Pools can be considered an excellent year-round birdwatching location, the wet season – November to April – is favourable due to the arrival of migratory species from outside the region. While this period is also suitable for viewing younger animals, the dry season – May to October – makes for better wildlife viewing due to lower vegetation levels. Temperatures and humidity levels in the dry season are more manageable, with the wetter months resulting in much higher humidity due to the location near the river and pools. Roads and trails within the park also often become very difficult to navigate during wetter weather.

Gate Times:

  • 08h00 to 16h30

Gate Fees: (per day)

  • Day visitor local USD 8
  • Accommodated local USD 8
  • Day visitor SADC USD 15
  • Accommodated SADC USD 15
  • Day visitor International USD 20
  • Accommodated USD 20

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