Covering approximately 2,500 square kilometres in northern Zimbabwe, the UNESCO World Herit-age Site of Mana Pools is situated at the bottom of the Zambezi Valley, where the Zambezi River flows down out of Lake Kariba.
Reclaimed from the decades-long effects of a hydro-electric project, Mana Pools is one of southern Africas most unspoiled reserves in southern Africa. Named for the four (‘Mana’ is four in Shona) ox-bow lakes that sprawl across it, it is a network of waterways, grasslands, river terraces and Faid-herbia albida woodlands.
Contiguous with Zambia’s Lower Zambezi National Park, and therefore a crucial larger animal mi-gration corridor, Mana Pools is blessed with plentiful water. Flora and fauna thrives, the former in-cluding wild figs, baobabs and mahogany, the latter, hippo, crocodile, lions, elephants, baboon and zebra, as well as bird and aquatic life.
Home to a small selection of excellent camps, Mana Pools is a wild and fantastic alternative to over-the-river Lower Zambezi, and serves as fine example of the drive in Zimbabwe for a more eco-consciously operated tourism.
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