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Area: 2,500 sq km

Mana Pools National Park

Mana Pools National Park






Description of Mana Pools National Park

Mana Pools National Park is a nature reserve situated in the Northern Zimbabwe. Mana Pools National Park protects an area of 2,500 sq km. Mana Pools National Park protect an extensive area in the lower Zambezi River that floods large expanses of African savanna. Pools and lakes that are formed here fill up and dry up during the year. Numerous animals come here in large areas as it is one of the few large sources of available fresh water. The name of the "Mana" protected area comes from a local dialect of Shona language that can be translated as "four" in reference to four large lakes that are usually remain filled with water through out the year.
Mana Pools National Park is inhabited by herds of antelopes, lions, elephants, leopards, spotted hyenas and other mammals. In addition to land safari tourists can take a canoe safari over Zambezi River, however it should be taken in consideration that the waters of rivers, pools and lakes are filled with hippos and crocodiles.
Best time to visit
Mono Pools National Park are particularly popular during dry season that includes June through October. Diminished water sources increases the density of large game that stay close by water sources. It is also one of the cooler months of the year. During the night the temperatures might deep fairly low. So bring warm clothes or blankets at night.
Wet green season in the Mana Pools National Park last between December and February. Dry savannah changes its appearance and turns into a blanket of flowers. However flash floods make it difficult and sometimes dangerous to travel through the rugged terrain.











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