The name "Mana" means four in the local Shona language, and
refers to the four large pools that lie inland from the river. They
are ox bow lakes that remain from when the Zambezi changed its
course and are host to a great variety of wildlife; populations of
hippo and crocodiles and large herds of elephant that appear from
the thickly vegetated areas in the south to drink. In the dry
season the game is particularly concentrated as it congregates
along the river and around these pools.
This beautiful and remote National Park is made up of 2,500
kilometres of river frontage, islands, sandbanks and pools, flanked
by forests of mahogany, wild figs, ebonies and baobabs. Many of the
camps in this area are situated along the river bank, allowing
excellent sightings of the game found along the river edges.
Game viewing activities are varied, from game drives in open 4x4
vehicles, to exciting guided walks and walking safaris, and then
making the use of the river, with canoe safaris or boat trips to
catch (and release) the renowned tiger fish. The perfect way to
experience all that Mana Pools has to offer is to stay at one of
the permanent camps and once you have found your safari feet take
off on a 3 day mobile canoe safari drifting down the river and
camping on islands in the river overnight.
Access to this area is either by light aircraft from Lusaka in
Zambia and then combining a road or boat transfer to Mana Pools or
by combining with Victoria Falls and flying by scheduled flight to
Kariba followed by a scenic boat transfer along the river.