Mana Pools



It takes a bit of creative planning to include Mana Pools in your itinerary. But we can do it, and it’s definitely worth it. We think its huge expanse of water, meandering channels, river oxbows, and big game – including elephants and grunting hippos – aren’t to be missed.

It was the first National Park in Zimbabwe to be made a UNESCO World Heritage Site. There’s plenty to see and do by the river (canoeing on the Zambezi and sundowner cruises are particular highlights), but the scenery away from the water is beautiful too. And in our opinion, nothing beats driving at dusk to the soundscape of the lions calling. 

Places to stay

  • Ruckomechi

    Mana Pools National Park

    Laze on an outdoor bed, built for stargazing. Take a bath with an incredible view. Fall asleep to the sounds...

  • Nyamatusi Camp

    Mana Pools

    Mana Pools is one of the most impressive parks in all of Africa. And Nyamatusi Camp is one of the...

  • Sapi Springs

    Mana Pools - Sapi Concession

    The Sapi Private Reserve, adjacent to Mana Pools National Park (collectively they are a UNESCO World Heritage Site) used to...

  • Sapi Explorers Camp

    Mana Pools - Sapi Concession

    Sapi Explorers Camp is a new camp from the long-established and hugely respected safari and conservation company, Great Plains. It’s in...


Fly via Johannesburg to Victoria Falls then on by light aircraft to the nearest local airstrip. You can also fly between Hwange and Mana Pools.


June to October are the best months to visit - it's dry season and the animals come to the river for water. October and November can be humid as the rainy season approaches.


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