Best Zimbabwe safari at Mana Pools National Park

Mana Pools National Park

Your best Zimbabwe safari starts here, at Mana Pools National Park in Zimbabwe’s Zambezi valley – there’s nowhere else on earth where you will find such a perfect combination of beauty, wildness and biodiversity. For the best deals to Mana, look no further than our travel guide and rates ideas, our package specials and information about the choice of safari camps and lodges in Mana Pools.  

Come on tour with Voyage2Africa, deep into Zimbabwe, and experience this unspoilt wilderness for yourself because Mana Pools National Park is one of the country’s 5 World Heritage Sites. Explore this vast natural wetland wonderland and discover the natural pools just inland from the mighty Zambezi river.

Feel your adrenaline rush on walking safaris as game rangers get you to stand close to a buffalo or elephant or watch hippo and crocodiles in the waters. Make yourself at home in a choice of exclusive lodges and rustic, unpretentious camps where complete immersion in nature is the theme.

The word ‘Mana’ means four, referring to the four pools within the park headquarters: Main, Chine, Long and Chisambik. They are sited on the mainland in an area of good quality and sedimentary soil, along the portion of the southern bank of the Zambezi River. They formed as a result of the scouring action of the flooded river that created several drawn-out furrows, retaining water long after the flood had receded.

Mana Pools forms part of a staggering 10,500 km2 conservation region for fauna and flora – tick off the Big 5 and all the herds that gather in the dry seasons. Plan your safari around September and October when the area has the highest concentration of wildlife in the country. Mana Pools National Parks boasts a unique terrain with huge acacia albida trees that tower over what appears to be, from a distance, a carefully manicured lawn. This romantic setting makes for some excellent photography and affords uninterrupted views of predator-prey interactions.


  • Mana Pools is so remote that it immediately promotes a true sense of escape into nature and bonding with self and wildlife while discovering what makes Africa tick – especially on scintillating bush walks. 
  • Canoeing safaris are quite the main attraction at Mana, so get out there and cruise up to crocs and hippos, under huge trees and bird like crazy.
  • All along the banks grow gorgeous, lush groves of figs, mahogany, ebony, acacia and baobab trees, havens for all kinds of creatures great and small.
  • Excellent game viewing when things are drier in summer so look out for large numbers of antelope, hippo, elephant, buffalo, zebra and then the big cats and painted dogs in tow.

Mana Pools National Park is large

Mana Pools National Park covers 219,600 ha in northern Zimbabwe, in the lower Zambezi River valley in Zimbabwe where the floodplain 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.

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. 

Mana Pools only features 5 varied safari lodges in the park, all carefully built on the riverbanks. Two more special rustic lodges are situated upstream from the main rest camps and the large campsite along the river is popular with nature-loving visitors. This region is 100 km from any supplies so arrive fully kitted out if camping!

Family Safaris to Mana Pools National Park are Hot

Pack up the entire family for a safari holiday to Zimbabwe that they will never forget. Intrepid journeys into Africa introduce your kids to the biggest classroom in the world, nature! Game viewing, nature walks, river cruises and camping under the stars are all part of a safari adventure your family will talk about for years down the line!  

Bring your children into the true wilderness of Zimbabwe our top African safari destination of all time – so check out the luxury lodge and bush camp accommodation where children are made to feel at home and book your special family package today.

The Best of the Best Safaris in Mana Pools National Park

Plan a Zimbabwe tour and safari with Voyage2Africa, the African travel experts, and enjoy signature experiences to the premier wildlife destination south of the equator. We bring you thrilling adventures in the Mana Pools, Victoria Falls, Hwange National Park, Lake Kariba and the awesome southern regions too. 

We offer you the best of the best safari accommodation in Zimbabwe, in lavish lodges, family resorts, modern hotels, eco villas and rustic wild campsites in nature. Bring your camera and your hat, your binoculars and your sense of spirit to an African land that is home to humankind.

Did you know?

The Mana Pools were designated a Ramsar wetland of international importance on 3 January 2013 and the 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, and is one of the world’s wildest and best preserved natural ecological areas.

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