Mana Pools National Park

How to get there

By road – Makuti lies 296km north of Harare on the main highway to Zambia and is the last petrol station before entering Mana Pools National Park. Petrol and oil are not available within the park and an adequate supply must be carried by all visitors. Marongora is 16km beyond Makuti and all visitors to the Zambezi Valley and Mana Pools must stop and obtain an entry permit before proceeding. Persons travelling to Mana Pools must leave Marongora no later than 3:30p.m. Six km beyond Marongora, at the foot of the Zambezi Escarpment, turn right on a gravel road. Follow this road for 30km to Nyakasikana Gate. From this point is an additional 42km to the main office at Nyamepi Camp.

Visitors are advised to drive with caution as the road is rough.

What to see
Wildlife viewing at Mana Pools is seasonal. During the rains most large mammals such as elephant, buffalo, zebra and eland leave the river area to seek grazing and browsing closer to the escarpment. As the year progresses, shortages of food and water inland force them back towards the Zambezi, where the river terraces, with their extensive grasslands and nutritious acacia pods (Acacia albida) bears several hundred pounds of seed pods every year. The pods are particular favourites of the elephant and they are often seen shaking the trees to make the pods drop. The pods also provide a substantial part of the diet of buffalo and several other animal species in the park. As soon as the first rains fall, the animals disperse from the river and head back toward the escarpment.

Canoeing on the Zambezi, Fishing on the Zambezi River, here you will find tiger fish, bream, chessa, nkupe, vundu and
several other local species, Game drivers are usually the most productive in the early morning and late afternoon.