Mana Pools

Mana Pools National Park

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.

Does this sound like the park for you? Explore our recommended accommodation options and take one step closer to visiting Mana Pools…

Recommended accommodations

Kanga Bush Camp

Kanga Camp is situated in a very remote area in Mana Pools National Park and in its own private concession, offering guests an intimate and unique safari experience.

Nyamatusi Camp

Set in a remote and wild part of Mana Pools, guests will experience the ultimate safari. It is luxurious but authentic and offers its guests that all important privacy when being out in the bush.

Zambezi Expeditions

With nothing but you, a tent, the Zambezi River and the sounds of the wildlife around you, this Camp offers the traditional and authentic safari experience.

Chikwenya Camp

Looking out over the floodplains of the Zambezi River, the mountains of the Rift Valley in the background, Chikwenya is in the ultimate location.

Little Ruckomechi

Step into ultimate luxury safari heaven, Little Ruckomechi is a gem and with only 3 tents, it lives up to its name.


Ruckomechi looks out over the Zambezi waterfront on a large private concession in Mana Pools National Park. Remote seclusion, this lovely spot offers its guests a private safari experience.

John’s Camp

John's Camp is named after the renowned Safari Guide, John Stevens and it is a semi-permanent tented camp situated in Mana Pools.